The EuroPython Conference is the one of the premier conferences for Python users and developers. This year it was held from July 1-7 in Florence, Italy.
At this year's EuroPython, Marc-André Lemburg, CEO of eGenix, gave the following two talks at the conference, providing some insights into our experience with running Python projects. The presentations are available for viewing and download from our Presentations and Talks section.
Concepts for designing large and scalable Python applications that work in practice.
Python is often referred to as a scripting language. While Python is an ideal platform for scripting, integration or plugin tasks, it does in fact cover all the concepts needed for truly large-scale object oriented application development. However, complex applications bring new challenges.
The talk draws on the speaker’s experience with large-scale application design using Python as central implementation language and provides a cookbook approach to many of the problems you face when designing and organizing complex application frameworks.
The approach has been proven in many real-life projects, ranging from web application servers in varying fields of application to complete finance trading systems. Python has always proven to be a truly good choice with an outstanding time-to-market advantage over other implementation languages such as Java or C++. It allows small software development companies to successfully compete against multi-million dollar ventures.
As we all know, Python is a very efficient implementation language - so efficient, that you sometimes face new challenges in projects. Very often, you can completely skip the prototype phase and go directly to the main development phase. Customers love this, of course, but this approach tends to come with its own unique set of requirements and problems.
Team size, communication, application design, work distribution, milestone and customer expectation management are important factors for the success of such a project.
The talk discusses a few strategies that have worked in many larger projects and also touches upon some things that did not work out well.
Charlie Clark, eGenix.com Sales & Marketing