Omaha Python Users Group

Python Users in the Omaha Metro Area

November 21, 2012

November Meeting

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve @ 9:39 pm

We are meeting in a Google Hangout right now (7:30 pm CST 11/21/12) Email the list if you want an invite.

September 19, 2012

September Meeting

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve @ 12:17 pm

Meeting is on for Wednesday, 9-19-12.

7pm at 13829 Industrial Road – Architectural Lighting Resources.

Book raffle!

April 19, 2012

April Meeting Notes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve @ 2:22 pm

We had a small but enthusiastic group last night.  The main topics discussed were:

  • Version Controls – subversion and mercurial with Google code, and some basics on VC’s for newbies.
  • Django – Steve introduced a flashcard app, Jeff shared a bit on the ‘render’ shortcut, and he has backported it to v1.2 if you are interested.  Proper app templating namespace was discussed.
  • PyCharm 2.5 is out with better templating, virtual env, and version control tools.
  • ToDoPy – our learning project at google code, was discussed showing what we had done last month, and what to work on this month – adding a Tasks class by sub-classing List, and the associated tests to accompany it.

We had a projector and the screen sharing was much better than last month – thanks Jeff.

Hope to see everyone next month.

March 21, 2012

March Meeting Info – v2

Filed under: info,Uncategorized,UpcomingEvents — Steve @ 9:28 am

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.




March 20, 2012

March Meeting info

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve @ 5:51 pm

Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm.  See the where and when page for directions.

December 19, 2011

Omaha Python User Group Meeting December, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve @ 8:00 pm

Meeting is canceled for Christmas.  See you next month.

July 18, 2011

Omaha Python Users Group Meeting, July 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — JeffH @ 8:52 pm

Tonight’s Meeting:

April 18, 2011

Omaha Python Users Group Meeting, April 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — JeffH @ 10:02 pm

Tonight’s meeting:

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.


Omaha Python Users Group Meeting, March 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — JeffH @ 8:07 pm

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

January 21, 2011

Omaha Python Meeting, Feb 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jeff @ 11:27 pm

We met at Lansky’s @ 7pm.

Meeting notes to be added.

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