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.


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.

  • 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.

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.


Monday, January 27th 2014
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."

Mailing List

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

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:

Monday, January 13, 2014

January Project Night!

Winston Salem project night

We are back for 2014!

This event is also on our meetup page:

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

That's the 15th of January


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


2650 Pilgrim Ct, 
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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.


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...