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Different programming languages have different strengths and weaknesses. This presentation will help programmers understand how to combine the strengths of C++ and Python, and minimize their weaknesses at the same time, using a tool called SWIG. The presentation will start with a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of each language, move on to a discussion of how to get the strengths of both languages in the same application, and finish up with how SWIG can help to bring that to pass.
Robin Dunn, the creator and maintainer of wxPython, has been working in the software industry for 20 years on a wide variety of applications. He discovered both wxWidgets and Python in 1995 while looking for a cross platform toolkit for C++ and has used Python and wx whenever possible since then. At the 2002 O’Reilly Open Source Convention Robin was awarded the ActiveState Programmers’ Choice Award. This award, determined by votes from fellow Python programmers, is a testament to Robin’s work ethic and valuable contribution to the Python community. For the past five years Robin’s work on wxPython has been supported by the Open Source Applications Foundation. Robin is also the co-author of the first book about wxPython, wxPython In Action. Robin spends most of his time at home in Vancouver, Washington, USA.