Thursday, September 13, 2012

An invitation

Raspberry Pi Forever

We are inviting all Raspberry Pi owners, or those thinking about getting one, to join the user group. If you are in this area, do join!

De Facto

Python is the "de facto" language on the Raspberry Pi when it comes to hardware projects. Just a quick look at the tutorials on the web, and at kits and libraries, and Python is in the spotlight. This is bringing a whole new demographic to the Python community. Just perusing the forums of local hackerspaces, and you'll see mentions of the Raspberry Pi, and will let you discover new Python apps, utilities and libraries (Have you ever used Pronterface? PySerial?). Visiting some of the electronics kit makers and parts distributors web sites, and again, it is obvious that Python and Raspberry Pi hardware are well coupled.

Contagious fruit

Conversely, Python hackers, if you are not familiar with electronics, hardware hacking, makers and the like, you are probably in for a surprise. It is fairly addictive and quite fulfilling to be able to have a Python script to do stuff in the physical space, not just as 0s and 1s. So check it out:
Raspberry Pi foundation
Raspberry Pi Python Adventures Blog

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What area do we cover?

Our primary area is the Piedmont Triad. This includes the cities of Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point, and those surrounding that area, such as Clemmons, Mt-Airy, Kernersville, Colfax, Thomasville, Lexington, Archdale, Burlington etc.

We are fairly close to another python user group in Charlotte, and another toward Raleigh, and we welcome members of those Python UGs to join this one too due to the short driving distance.

We also know that there are companies, universities and schools using Python in the general area, within an hour or two driving distance, and we encourage you to join the user group. Invite others to join too.

PyCarolinas 2012

PyCarolinas 2012 is happening on October 20 and 21st. Mark your calendars!

October 20th-21st

Kerr Hall
UNC EshelmanSchool of Pharmacy
Chapel Hill, NC
  PyCarolinas' website