Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April Project Night

Winston Salem project night


This event is also on our meetup page:
http://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG/events/170070992/

  As always, it will be the 3rd Wednesday of the month. That's the 16th of April at 6pm.


When

 

3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm
April 16th 2014 

Where

Inmar

635 Vine St,
Room 1130H "Dash"
Winston-Salem, NC

This will be at the new Inmar building in downtown Winston Salem, in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarters.
http://www.bizjournals.com/triad­

What

Do you have a project you want to show off? Or do you need a second set of eyes on your code? Would you like to hack on an open source project? Perhaps you need help getting a module on a specific platform? Don't have a project but would like to help others or to learn more Python?

We will also have a conversation on how we (PYPTUG) will be structuring a free python class. If you are interested as mentor, student, or simply to offer suggestions, set aside some time on your calendar and come by the project night.

Even if all you want to do is come check it out out of curiosity, please do!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

PYPTUG Meeting - March 31st

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting


Come join PYPTUG at out next meeting (March 31st 2014) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the perfect language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also the perfect tool that no expert would do without.


What

Meeting will start at 5:30pm.

We will open on an Intro to PYPTUG and on how to get started with Python, PYPTUG activities and members projects, then on to News from the community. After that, on to our main talk.

DOOR PRIZE

We will be giving away one copy of "Learning Python" by Mark Lutz. About 1600 pages, makes a dictionary looks small... Attendees will receive a ticket for the drawing.


MAIN TALK

by Neal Caren

Title: “How the Times writes about men and women”, and other things social scientists do with Python

Bio: I a sociologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I primarily study the relationship between social movements and the media. I use Python primarily for gathering textual data from the Internet and for the quantitative analysis of text.

Abstract: This talk will primarily focus on analyzing text in Python. I will review of a few of the major ways that social scientists use Python to analyze textual data, including sentiment analysis and text classification. I’ll primarily draw on my own work looking at newspaper data and scientific articles.

Lightning talks!



After the talks, we will have some time for extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration. If you'd like to do one, some suggestions of talks were provided here, if you are looking for inspiration. Or talk about a project you are working on.




When

Monday, March 31st 2014
Meeting starts at 5:30PM

Where

Wake Forest University, close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

 Map this

See also this campus map (PDF) and also the Parking Map (PDF) (Manchester hall is #20A on the parking map)

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit."
 

Mailing List


Don't forget to sign up to our user group mailing list:

https://groups.google.com/d/forum/pyptug?hl=en

It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

Meetup Group


In order to get a feel for how much food we'll need, we ask that you register your attendance to this meeting on meetup:

http://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Project Night

Winston Salem project night


This event is also on our meetup page:
http://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG/events/170713362/

  As always, it will be the 3rd Wednesday of the month. That's the 19th of March at 6pm.


When

 

3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm
March 19th 2014 

Where

Forsyth Technical Community College

2100 Silas Creek Parkway,
Hauser Building, Room 319 (Networking Lab)
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

This is a great opportunity to come and check out the cool stuff happening at FT, including some 3d printers and, of course, some python code driving those printers.
As mentioned last month, this is not at our usual space, since Inmar (and eventually, the Winston Salem Project Night) is moving downtown to the Innovation Quarters. Starting in April, projects nights will be at the new Inmar building on Vine St.

What

 

Do you have a project you want to show off? Or do you need a second set of eyes on your code? Would you like to hack on an open source project? Perhaps you need help getting a module on a specific platform? Don't have a project but would like to help others or to learn more Python?

Even if all you want to do is come check it out out of curiosity, please do!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

PYPTUG Meeting - February 24th

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting


Come join PYPTUG at out next meeting (February 24th 2014) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the perfect language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also the perfect tool that no expert would do without.


What

Meeting will start at 5:30pm.

We will open on an Intro to PYPTUG and on how to get started with Python, PYPTUG activities and members projects, then on to News from the community. After that, on to our main talk.

Main talk:  

First Class: Functional Thinking with Generators and Decorators

by Blake Hyde

Presenter's bio: ""I am a Java and Ruby programmer at my current day job. I worked at Inmar, designing and implementing web services in Python, from the beginning of 2012 to March 2013. I've been using Python for personal projects and professionally since about 2002."

Abstract: "An introduction to first-class functions, how they relate to generators and decorators, and why you might want to use them."

Lightning talks!



After the talks, we will have some time for extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration. If you'd like to do one, some suggestions of talks were provided here, if you are looking for inspiration. Or talk about a project you are working on.




When

Monday, February 24th 2014
Meeting starts at 5:30PM

Where

Wake Forest University, close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

 Map this

See also this campus map (PDF) and also the Parking Map (PDF) (Manchester hall is #20A on the parking map)

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit."
 

Mailing List


Don't forget to sign up to our user group mailing list:

https://groups.google.com/d/forum/pyptug?hl=en

It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

Meetup Group


In order to get a feel for how much pizza we'll need, we ask that you register your attendance to this meeting on meetup:

http://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG

February Project Night

Winston Salem project night


This event is also on our meetup page:
http://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG/events/165665862/

This month it will be the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

That's the 19th of February.

When

3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm
February 19th 2014 

Where


The Variable
823 Reynolda Rd Ste B
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
directions

As mentioned last month, this is not at our usual space, since Inmar (and eventually, the Winston Salem Project Night) will be moving downtown to the Innovation Quarters.

What

Do you have a project you want to show off? Or do you need a second set of eyes on your code? Would you like to hack on an open source project? Perhaps you need help getting a module on a specific platform? Don't have a project but would like to help others or to learn more Python?


Monday, January 20, 2014

PYPTUG Meeting - January 27th

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting


Come join PYPTUG at out next meeting (January 27th 2014) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the perfect language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also the perfect tool that no expert would do without.


What

Meeting will start at 5:30pm.

We will open on an Intro to PYPTUG and on how to get started with Python, PYPTUG activities and members projects, then on to News from the community. After that, on to our main talk.

Main talk: Get to know Django

by Brandon Taylor

Brandon had been a professional web developer for about 16 years, currently an Enterprise UX Architect at Inmar and owner of bTaylor Web, he's also worked at Dell, The Texas Tribune and Razorfish.

Abstract:
  • What is Django? Similarities and differences to other frameworks.
  • Overview of Models, Forms, Urls, Views and Templates
  • A quick "To do" app writing actual code.
    Django admin
With plenty of room for questions.

Secondary talk: Analytics and Visualization

by Francois Dion

Francois is a Python developer at Inmar and owner of Dion Research.

Abstract:
You know the usual suspects: SAS, R, Matlab. We'll see how Python is transforming that space. We'll review training material. We'll talk pandas (no, not the cute animals) and integration, and finally, we'll draw pretty pictures (no pandas harmed in the process).

Lightning talks!



After the talks, we will have some time for extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration. If you'd like to do one, some suggestions of talks were provided here, if you are looking for inspiration. Or talk about a project you are working on.




When

Monday, January 27th 2014
Meeting starts at 5:30PM

Where

We continue to have the meetings at Wake Forest University, close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

 Map this

See also this campus map (PDF) and also the Parking Map (PDF) (Manchester hall is #20A on the parking map)

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit."
 

Mailing List


Don't forget to sign up to our user group mailing list:

https://groups.google.com/d/forum/pyptug?hl=en

It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

Meetup Group


In order to get a feel for how much pizza we'll need, we ask that you register your attendance to this meeting on meetup:

http://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG

Monday, January 13, 2014

January Project Night!

Winston Salem project night


We are back for 2014!

This event is also on our meetup page:
http://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG/events/159718082/

This month it will be the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

That's the 15th of January

When

3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm
January 15th 2014 

Where


Inmar 
2650 Pilgrim Ct, 
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
directions

This building is referred to as PC2. The entrance will be on the right side of the building and there should be a PYPTUG sign with an arrow showing you the way. This might be our last project night in that building, since Inmar (and the Winston Salem Project Night) will be moving downtown to the Innovation Quarters. We'll keep you posted, wherever the project night ends up.

What

Do you have a project you want to show off? Or do you need a second set of eyes on your code? Would you like to hack on an open source project? Perhaps you need help getting a module on a specific platform? Don't have a project but would like to help others or to learn more Python?


Some potential projects include playing around with Kivy (native apps for Windows 8, iphone, ipad, android and raspberry pi to name a few, from one code base), a load testing roundup (of interest to sysadmins, devops, developers etc) and/or perhaps look at a new, very nice, python module for video cameras.
Or whatever else comes up...