Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Project nights!

Winston Salem project night

We are adding a new monthly event to our PYPTUG meetings, a project night. Francois Dion had been working with John Wheeler to secure a location, and we are now all systems go!

We are starting this in september, on the 2nd wednesday of the month. That's the 11th of september.


2nd wednesday of the month, 6pm


2601 Pilgrim Ct, 
Winston-Salem, NC 27106


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?
Whatever the case may be, project nights are your opportunity to get some help or to help others, so bring your laptop (or Raspberry Pi or whatever device that can run Python) and let's get things going.

Podemos hacer proyectos en español también. Ou même en français. Aucune excuse possible!

Other locations coming

PYthon Piedmont Triad User GroupWe are working on securing a day/location in Greensboro, and we will let y'all know when it becomes a reality.

Friday, August 16, 2013

PYPTUG meeting - August 26th

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting

Come join PYPTUG at out next meeting (August 26nd 2013) 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.


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. This month we are adding a hands on session. You can watch the screen, or even better, fire up your laptop and try it out.

Main talk: The Awkward Squad

by Brendan Younger

The awkward squad: How to design coherent, distributed, long-running systems without putting in the huge amount of effort currently required for testing and debugging, especially in a distributed environment with the attendant failure modes and delays.

In Brendan's words: "It's mostly an excuse to get other people excited about some of the stuff I've picked up trawling the programming sub-Reddit.".

Hands on Python: From Java to Burma

by Francois Dion

Getters and setters are an engrained pattern for the islanders of Java, C++ and some other islanders. Naturally, as these islanders travel to Myanmar and encounter The Python (well, yes, we do know that Python is from that TV show, and not the reptile, be it a Burmese or other kind), they continue these ancient customs.

In this hands on session, we will show you how to keep it simple and we will get deep into attributes, properties, descriptors and have fun with them.

Lightning talks!

After the main talk, 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.

Already committed:
  • A slice of Py by Don Jennings


Monday, August 26th 2013
Meeting starts at 5:30PM


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."

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