Wednesday, November 18, 2015

PYPTUG Meeting - November 24th (TensorFlow, Hackathon, ATDD and more)

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting

Come join PYPTUG at out next monthly meeting (November 24th 2015) 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. Monthly meetings are in addition to our project nights.


Meeting will start at 6:00pmPLEASE NOTE, 6PM!

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 (Matplotlib and learn, etc). We will also talked a good bit about TensorFlowWhat are the implications of Google TensorFlow for you, your business or industry? More than you might think. And we will update you on the progress of our UAV quadcopter.

We will also hear from the Flying Turtles! They won first place at Civicon 2015 earlier this month:

Then on to the main talk.

Main Talk: 

Agile testing and ATDD
by Pradeep Macharla

Pradeep Macharla leads Continuous Delivery practices at Inmar. Pradeep has 14 years of High-Tech experience consulting and working with small, medium & large companies. He spent the last several years helping organizations increase their agility through a combination of lean and Agile-XP principles.
He speaks and contributes to open source efforts involving ATDD, Extreme Programming, DevOps, Test Automation Design Patterns and Software Craftsmanship. Pradeep’s work resulted in a number of framework patterns that are being used across various companies and his open source work can be found in multiple repositories at

This session persuades the need to collaborate effectively in a high-tech environment. It further emphasizes the need to automate systems to keep up with business agility. It also talks about trends on Agile Testing and Acceptance Test Driven Development. In this session we also address questions viz.

1)    Why is it extremely important for the 3 amigos – Product Owner, Developer and Tester to be on the same page until a piece of software is delivered to the customer?
2)    Why is Continuous Integration, probably the most mature way to keep up with the pace of business & technical agility?

We will reflect on some of the proven and successful Agile methodologies that are helping companies in various industries keep up with technology changes.


Lightning 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.

We will have a lightning talk on handling unicode (somewhat) transparently.


Tuesday, November 24th 2015
Meeting starts at 6:00PM


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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It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

Meetup Group

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