IBM, Python, and the Blues


I gave a talk about Python at IBM's Toronto lab yesterday. It seemed to go pretty well—Paul Buck, who'd invited me out there, said that his group in IBM sees LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Perl/Python/PHP) as being as big a threat to Java as .NET, so they want to learn more about all of 'em.

That's the good news. The bad news was the makeup of the audience: roughly 40 people attended, all of them male (except for admin who'd handled the arrangements). I can't imagine giving a talk to that many doctors or lawyers and finding myself in front of a single-gender audience. *sigh*