DemoCamp5 Redux

The University of Toronto hosted DemoCamp 5 last night. It went well: 143 people showed up, the Bell Kids Help Phone team gave a fault-free presentation, and the folks at Molly Bloom’s took good care of us afterward (so good, in fact, that I’m going to let people who don’t have hangovers cover the details).

The most interesting part of the evening for me, though, came when I asked how many people were using Ruby on Rails, and almost half the hands in the audience went up. Afterward, Blake Winton asked me why the university was using Python instead of Ruby for teaching. Like me, he’s a long-time Pythoneer; like me, he thinks that educators have a responsibility to prepare students for the real world. I mumbled about Python not having dollar signs, about there being more books (although if even half the projects I know about come to fruition, that is going to change in the next 12-18 months), and about us already having developed lots of course material that we can’t afford to rewrite. It was a clear choice three years ago, but today? I dunno, and the fact that I don’t is why I’m still going on about this.

But enough dark clouds: 143 people had a good time last night, lots of useful new connections were made, and Joey played his accordion. It’s a good life.