Omaha Python Users Group

Python Users in the Omaha Metro Area

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.

March 14, 2012

February Meeting

Filed under: info — Steve @ 9:48 pm

In case anyone is wondering, we are still alive.  We had a very well attended meeting at the undisclosed Google office in a neighboring, not to be named state.  Thanks to all the guys who hosted!

Details on the March meeting coming soon.

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.

November 22, 2011

Omaha Python Users Group Meeting, Nov 21, 2011

Filed under: code,MeetingNotes,Snippets — JeffH @ 9:56 am

Tonight’s Meeting Topics:

-- Selenium2 --

Selenium RC vs Webdriver -
Selenium -
Why -

Firefox, Chrome, Ie, iOS, Android, Opera

-- Setting up an environment --
  virtualenv --no-site-packages Se-Pres(entation)
  cd Se-Pres
  source bin/activate
  easy_install selenium
Now fire up an interpreter:
  from selenium import webdriver
  b = webdriver.Firefox()
  b.get_cookies()   (a list of dicts, each containing a cookie and support info)

>>> b.find_element_by_name('q')
<selenium.webdriver.remote.webelement.WebElement object at 0x874b22c>
>>> sbx = b.find_element_by_name('q')
>>> sbx.send_keys('omaha python')
>>> sbx.submit()
>>> b.title
u'omaha python - Google Search'


-- Other Helpful things --
unittest -
nose -

nose-testconfig -

The meeting concluded about 9pm when the venue closed but we continued with a 15 minute parking lot track that included references to Code Complete and general development concepts.  Great Meeting! and everyone is looking forward to the next.

July 18, 2011

Omaha Python Users Group Meeting, July 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — JeffH @ 8:52 pm

Tonight’s Meeting:

June 20, 2011

Omaha Python Users Group Meeting, June 20, 2011

Filed under: info,MeetingNotes — JeffH @ 8:47 pm

Tonight’s Meeting:

Joe talked about the 2 semester course he attended at Iowa Western on Linux Engineering.

Steve talked about Code Like a Pythonista, by David Goodger.  He thinks it is a great resource.  I agree with him. (So much I did a presentation on David’s material back in 2008).  Steve also liked the Python Challenge.  He has made it though the first 5 or 6 so far and hopes to make it all the way through.

Joe brought up the fact that Full Circle Magazine – has released two specific Python issues, Issue 1 and Issue 2.

Jeff brought a Code editor that he likes, Editra.  It is a very nice, rapidly advancing development environment.  If you are in the market you should take a look if Komodo or PyCharm are turning your head.

A non-python, learn how to program environment is MIT’s Scratch.  Joe likes Snake Wrangling for Kids.



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

February 21, 2011

Omaha Python Users Group Meeting, Feb 21, 2011

Filed under: MeetingNotes — Jeff @ 8:55 pm

The users group is meeting tonight at Lansky’s as normal.

  • Review Steve’s Survey for the group.
  • Here is our survey, created at the meeting.  We will be emailing it to the group.  Please participate by taking the survey, your thoughts and comments are important.
  • We plugged the lunch meet-up with the focus on working together building interesting python apps championed by Steve

More details to follow.

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