[Chicago] next chipy meeting?

Atul Varma varmaa at gmail.com
Wed Mar 29 22:05:02 CEST 2006

On 3/29/06, Ian Bicking <ianb at colorstudy.com> wrote:
> Chad Whitacre wrote:
> >> Definitely, a presentation would be great.
> >
> >
> > Cool! Thank you. A few questions then:
> >
> > - What's the usual format?
> > - How long of a talk should I plan?
> > - What level of expertise should I target?
> > - Would ChiPy be more interested in testing, web programming, or both?
> Let's bring these questions to the people.  People: respond!
> Or, uh... usually it's slides, but doing a demo is also good.  There's
> maybe 15 people at an average meeting (maybe 20ish lately?), and
> generally everyone has a programming background, but always a handful of
> people who are new to Python.  We've been starting with a simple
> presentation (on a stdlib module or something) and then a more advanced
> presentation.
> For length, I guess it depends on whether we also have a SCons
> presentation...?  SCons seems fairly involved, but it depends on what
> Atul had in mind.

Here's my thoughts on the SCons presentation: it seems like a big key to any
ChiPy presentation is making it interesting for a wide range of interests
and skill sets.  For SCons, I was thinking of explaining the general
architecture/philosophy/workflow of the package, with a few concrete
examples: a simple "Hello World"-style C program and a SWIG-ified Python C
extension module.  I'd also give a very brief comparison of one or two of
these SCons examples to their GNU Make equivalents.  No experience with C,
SWIG, or GNU Make would be assumed, so I'd be explaining some things briefly
along the way--but I'd mostly be focusing on the general concepts behind
SCons rather than the nitty-gritty details of exactly how to use it (for
instance, no coding will be done during the presentation, only brief
snippets will be shown).

So, that's basically what I was thinking.  I should be able to manage a
30-minute presentation...  How's that sound?

- Atul
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