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- Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Gregory Szorc about his work on PyOxidizer, a revolutionary new approach to building and distributing self-contained Python applications
- How did you get introduced to Python?
- Can you start by giving an overview on the shortcomings of the current state of the art for distributing Python projects, both for deployment and end-user consumption?
- What is PyOxidizer and what motivated you to create it?
- How does PyOxidizer differ from projects such as CxFreeze, Py2Exe, or Shiv?
- What are the characteristics of CPython and the packaging ecosystem that make it so challenging to easily distribute self-contained applications?
- For someone using PyOxidizer, what is their workflow for building an executable that they can share with end users?
- What are some of the edge cases or special considerations that they need to be aware of?
- How is PyOxidizer implemented?
- How has the design or direction evolved since you first began working on it?
- From your experience in working on PyOxidizer, what changes would you like to see in the Python language or the CPython reference implementation?
- What are some of the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on PyOxidizer?
- What do you have planned for the future of PyOxidizer?
- What are the ways that listeners can contribute to PyOxidizer?
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