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Oct 31, 2011

Plone at PyCon UA

I spent last weekend (22-23 October) in Kiev promoting Plone and Pyramid at PyCon UA. It was an amazing opportunity to spread the latest news about Plone4 and its enhancements.


The Kiev event was fruitful experience from two points of view: the audience was not aware of what has been happening in Plone since 3.x; they were mostly Django developers. I think I did my best to explain what are the key values of using Plone and Pyramid together and what are the benefits comparing to other frameworks like Django. I met several fantastic guys deeply interested in what we are doing in both Plone and Pyramid community. Hope to see you all on another Python event.

Apart of Plone talk there were other invited speakers. Let me mention few of them.

Opening talk done by Tarek was about Packaging. He explained current situation of packaging in Python and the future of it. I hope we will have setup.cfg to rull-them-all in near future and that the community will start to use proper versioning soon.

Then there was Armin with Basket of Random Python Snippets. I don't like the idea of showing ONLY code while doing your presentation but I strongly encourage you to read them online. Some of them are really great tips!

Last talk I attended was done by Alexander and I must admit - I have enjoyed it a lot. He was showing "SQLAlchemy: a better ORM". I was never a big fun of Django ORM but now I'm strongly convinced that Pyramid + SQLAlchemy + pyramid_formalchemy is a way much easier to play with.

Bottom line: I must agree with Yury that it would be more interesting event if all of the speakers present slides in English (like on RuPy2011 last October). Nevertheless I enjoy this weekend a lot. I love the city and the atmosphere. The topics and invited speakers were properly chosen so everybody could find a subject to discuss about. Thanks again and hopefully see you next year.

And tomorrow it is time for Plone Conference 2011 which will end this autumn's conference marathon.

Oct 28, 2011

Using JavaMail with TLS

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Snippets about sending mail though Java with TLS support

Here is an example to show you how to use JavaMail API method to send an email, using both TLS and SSL connection.

If you are using TLS, remember to disable this property:

props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.class", "");


and enable


These are the complete properties to set: 
props.put("", server);
props.put("mail.smtp.auth", "true");
props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.port", port);
props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.fallback", "false");


Remember that, when you set Authentication to server with PasswordAuthentication class, you could experience this error:

"javax.mail.AuthenticationFailedException: 535-5.7.1 Username and Password not accepted."

Send by server if user or password used for authentication failed. Usually means that server requires full user name ( to be used.

Oct 20, 2011

RuPy 2011 - Strongly Dynamic Conference

Last weekend (14-16 Oct 2011) I've attended RuPy (Ruby + Python), a strongly dynamic conference held in Poznań (Poland) and organized by GIK Association. I had a great opportunity to share RedTurtle's "Pyramid and Plone" integration use case with wider audience. It was truly an open source event and a great opportunity to meet geeks from the Ruby community. 

Conference venue It was RuPy's 3rd 4th edition and apart it was the biggest (ca. 300 attendees) I must say - it was the best (I was attending all previous editions). The GIK have chosen Poznań International Fairs as the conference venue which was a damn good idea. During 3 days of the conference there was ca. 30 events (talks, workshops and sprints). Most of them was related to Ruby which is a problem each year. Getting more support from Python community is highly appreciated! 

fancy speaker feedback system What I think is notable is the speaker feedback system. Each room had 3 containers marked: :-) :-| and :-(. After each session the speaker was receiving his anonymous feedback from the audience. From the speaker point of view (so also mine) it's surprisingly easy and gives you great opportunity to check if what you've just said wasn't a completely bullshit. What I would suggest is to make bigger effort in promoting it after each talk.

Interesting talks

my subjective list of notable talks

Programmer Anarchy

by Fred George

Writing your own programming language

by José Valim

Tradeoffs and Choices: Why Ruby Isn't Python

by Yehuda Katz

I didn't find the slides but I hope RuPy team will publish them soon. In the mean time - short abstract:

"When a Pythonista first dives into Ruby, he is confronted with a strange and unusual world. Multiple kinds of functions, implicitness everywhere, violations of the Zen of Python galore! In this talk, Yehuda will talk about the tradeoffs in Ruby's language design: why, in many ways, Ruby couldn't be more like Python even if it wanted to."


Conference venue It was an amazing weekend with some interesting discussions with people from Python and Ruby world. Thanks RuPy, hope to see you next year!

Last but not least the organization committee followed best practices and shared their website source code to wide public.