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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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 food we'll need, we ask that you register your attendance to this meeting on meetup:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Project Night

Winston Salem project night

This event is also on our meetup page:

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



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


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.



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!