Jeff will be presenting the opening round of our todo.txt respin with python for the “New to Python or Programming” section. The goals for the night’s section will be:
- Defining the problem
- Initial architecture of the solution
- Building a corner-stone class
- Writing our first tests (not necessarily in that order <g>)
To get ready for the fun, bring a laptop or device with:
We don’t have an advanced level talk set in stone yet, so if you are yearning to talk about a project you are working on, something in the standard or 3rd party libs that saved your bacon or just made you say “Cool.” We’d love to have you tell us about it. No experience required.
Door Prize: O’Reilly Python Book.
Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm. See the where and when page for directions.
In the future Jeff plans on doing a session on supporting Python 2 and 3 just like CherryPy does. And since he plans on using Tox which was written by Holger Krekel (the same guy who develops py.test) we figured now would be a good time for us to tryout py.test.
Steve talked about the book he just read, “Start Small, Stay Small“. The premise is fast is good. Jeff talked about the book he was reading, “Programming Collective Intelligence”. Conversations then turned to SQL, and good resources. It was pointed out there are a number of really good references on the web and that it is probably best to just do it, keeping in mind that every table needs a primary key and to never depend on the user to give you information that you would use as part of the primary key without checking.
Jeff was motivated by the PyCon video, “Python and Robots: Teaching programming in High School“. He actually went out and got an S2 and Fluke board and is now actively teaching his kids how to program robots in Python.
More talk about the results from the survey were discussed. Focusing on “events” and moving away from traditional “user group” seemed to be popular and something we want to move forward and try.
Next “Event” is in May — See you then.
Talked about pycon videos on blip, some of the videos mentioned were:
Results from Surveys discussions -
- More timely notifications for the meetings. A 2week/1week pattern and a 1week pattern were discussed.
- Coding by example is one of the most requested topics. However, we need steady access to a projector to make that work.
- Vary content over the meeting from Beginner to Advanced
- Win lottery and split proceeds with others interested in Python, then they can retire and have time to attend.
- Noticed lots of Python envy from perl coders. (Can’t we all just get along?)
- Lansky’s has as many benefits as negatives. We are game for any venue with more pluses — Looking for ideas and offers.
- Usage (most to least): WEB, SysAdmin, DataBase, Desktop, Other, Games, CompSci, Hobby, Academic, Mobile, Robotics, Scientific
- Other includes: rapid security tool dev
- how many times have you attended: 46% – Never, 30% 1-10, 15% 24, 8% – >24
We met at Lansky’s @ 7pm.
Meeting notes to be added.
We continued our focus on testing tonight looking at TDD, BDD, unittest, nose, freshen and lettuce. BDD is TDD with a little different syntax aiming to make building the tests more natural. Freshen and lettuce were inspired by a Rails project call Cucumber, which has some good documents on how BDD works.
We discussed the possibility of starting a lunch meet-up to sharpen our skills by building a fun project. From the topics of the night Jeff suggested creating Conway’s Game of Life and have it tweet updates. Please chime in on the email list if you are interested or have suggestions.
A few of the projects discussed were:
- how to create a lot of tweets and schedule them to be sent at certain times or intervals.
- how to sync Facebook and Twitter updates
- cURL - command line tool to transfer data with url syntax
I failed to take notes so please add to the comments for what I forgot!
The next meeting will be tonight, September 20th @ 7 pm. The meeting will be our first attempt at a virtual meeting. Please join in with us @ DimDim https://my.dimdim.com/pythonomaha
Tonights topic will be Testing in Python and specifically unit testing in Python. If everything goes well, we’ll all learn new things about both.
Can’t wait to see you there!