Tuesday, September 24, 2013

PYPTUG Meeting - September 30th

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting

Come join PYPTUG at out next meeting (September 30th 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: I'm on the clock

by Francois Dion

Why did the White Rabbit have a pocket watch? Why do computers have a clock? Does a clock always tell the time? Scheduling is an important aspect of computing and is tied to a concept of time and timekeeping, at least on a relative scale. It is used during the boot process of a computer, and throughout the day to get updates, notifications, and many many other things.

If you are running your Python code more than once by hand, you'll benefit from learning about your options when it comes to automating processes. Not only using the built in tools of the operating system (such as Unix and Linux crontab) but how Python provides you with the helpers you need to get your job done, in time. No White Rabbits involved.

As always, bring your laptop if you want to try some of this out during the presentation.

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.


Monday, September 30th 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

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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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