Introducing PyScript

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In a keynote at PyCon 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Peter Wang introduced another entrant in the field of in-browser Python interpreters. The Python community has long sought a way to be able to write Python—instead of JavaScript—to run in web browsers, and there have been various efforts to do so over the years. Wang announced PyScript as a new framework, built atop one of those earlier projects, to allow Python scripting directly within the browser; those programs have access to much of the existing Python ecosystem as well as being able to interact with the browser document object model (DOM) directly. In addition, he gave some rather eye-opening demonstrations as part of the talk.

Wang began by introducing himself and the company that he runs, Anaconda, which he co-founded with Travis Oliphant ten years ago. Oliphant was the creator of NumPy and one of the founders of SciPy, both of which are cornerstones of the Python scientific-computing ecosystem. Anaconda has created a number of different tools that are used widely in the community, as well as founding the NumFOCUS non-profit and the PyData conferences.

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