Thanks for bringing up PyCon Ireland. At this point, there's a very good chance I will be attending EuroPython, and if so, I will definitely attend PyCon Ireland too! Tobias Ivarsson and I are thinking of expanding the talk on Python performance optimization I did for the San Francisco meetup into a tutorial, and I'm sure I would be interesting in doing something on Jython too.
In other news, we had a great open space session on Jython last night, followed by a repeat of the open space we did at the Summer of Code mentors summit, "How to Implement a Python". We had developers from IronPython, Unladen Swallow, and of course Jython discussing internals with interested users (and perhaps future contributors).
Also at the PSF members dinner last night, Wesley Chun, author of a number of Python books, brought in the first paper copy of The Definitive Guide to Jython we had seen. Frank Wierzbicki and I both signed it. It was simply a great feeling!
Tomorrow we will be starting sprints on Jython. There seems to be a developing consensus that we should start work on getting out a 2.6 earlier (and pushing some of the 2.5.x work into it too, much like IronPython did). In part, this would help open up opportunities for new people to contribute. Simply put, there's a much lower barrier of entry for writing a Java implementation of a new module in 2.6 than some of the other work we have been doing for 2.5.x; see http://docs.python.org/whatsnew/2.6.html for some of the scope of the work. It's a long list, but it helps that it's never been better documented.
This should also also be very helpful for the Summer of Code program. Readers on this list: if you are or you know a university student who has strong Java skills and loves Python, please be sure to apply. Relevant deadlines from http://socghop.appspot.com/document/show/gsoc_program/google/gsoc2010/timeline - March 18, students begin discussing opportunities with us, and April 9, applications are due.
> [Plus I'm trying to get a revenge by attending EuroPython this year,Well, if you're going to make it as far as Birmingham UK for
> but still not sure it will be possible]
Europython, then you'll have to consider attending the first ever
PyCon Ireland(!), which happens the Saturday before Europython, July
It's only a one day conference, but we're sure it's going to be good!
Web page details to follow.