[Baypiggies] Reminder: BAyPIGgies Thursday: PyCon Preview / Three Talks: AWS, Regular Expressions and uWSGI

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Sun Apr 23 19:01:58 EDT 2017

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Automate AWS With Python

*Moshe Zadka*

AWS is one of the best-known cloud vendors. Using the Web UI is fine when
starting out, but automating cloud operations is important. Boto3 provides
a great Pythonic API to AWS, but using it correctly can be subtle.

The talk will cover how to automate AMI builds, building Cloud Formation
Templates and automating S3 bucket management.


Moshe has been involved with Python since 1998, when he helped obsolete
math-related modules. Since then, he made some contributions that were not
just deleting code to core Python, and has been a contributor on the
Twisted project since its inception.

Yes, It's Time to Learn Regular Expressions

*Al Sweigart*

Regular expressions have a reputation as opaque and inscrutable. However,
the basic concepts behind "regex" and text pattern recognition are simple
to grasp. This talk is for any programmer who isn't familiar with Python's
re module and its best practices. Stop putting it off, it's time to learn
regular expressions!


Al Sweigart is a software developer and the author of Automate the Boring
Stuff with Python, Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, Making Games
with Python & Pygame, and Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python. These books
are freely available under a Creative Commons license at

Al enjoys haunting coffee shops, writing educational materials, cat
whispering, and making useful software. He lives in San Francisco.

Type uWSGI; press enter; what happens?

*Asheesh Laroia and Philip James*

You're a pretty knowledgeable Python web application developer, but how
does that web application get served to the world? For many of us, uWSGI is
the magic that makes our application available, and in this talk we'll look
at how uWSGI works with the OS and the networking stack to make the magic

Asheesh Laroia

By day, Asheesh Laroia is a member of the technical staff at Sandstorm in
Palo Alto. By night, he is volunteer President at OpenHatch, helping create
workshops that teach students how to get involved in open source. His
technical background touches machine learning, security, and linguistics.
He helped start the Boston Python Workshop for women and their friends, has
been teaching Python to newcomers since 2004, including at Noisebridge and
the EFF, and has advised user groups on how to make their events more
newcomer-friendly and gender-diverse.

Philip James

Philip James is a Software Engineer at Stripe, a Civic Technologist and a
Director for the City of Alameda Democratic Club and the East Bay Young
Democrats. In his free time he builds ContactOtter, a smart address book
you can share.

Evening Schedule

7:00 - 7:15 pm Intro / Lightning Talks

7:15 - 7:45 Automate AWS With Python - Moshe Zadka

7:45 - 8:15 - Yes, It's Time to Learn Regular Expressions - Al Sweigart

8:15 - 8:45 - Type uWSGI; press enter; what happens? - Asheesh Laroia
and Philip James

8:45 pm Random access

9:00 pm Event ends
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