[Chicago] ChiPy is Awesome

Yarko Tymciurak yarkot1 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 23:57:46 CEST 2013

Brian -

If we'd had time, we could have worked out an ansible (which is what
they're using in edx) install on rack/openstack, which would be cool - but
maybe that's a topic for a project night.

Right now, I've got a dev-server VM and a deployment (ansible) instance vm
on my machine.
What I want to do for _my_ talk would be:
- develop for the platform (dev server) / hack;
- develop courseware and test courseware extensions (xblocks) on a
deployment instance, in VM;
- deploy (to the two openstack scenarios:  University, e.g.
opensciencedatacloud & Rackspace - both openstack)

I think I'm going to cover an overview:
- a brief history of "courseware" (since it involves python),
- current open source options (including edx),
and then get into edx:
- a short arch/structural overview;
then the first two bullets above for how to setup (should I bring USB
sticks?) and the different modes of development:
- django development server instance (and debugging);  for working the
platform, extensions;
- deployment / ansible VM instance;  for developing courseware (and
resources for getting your feet wet in that);

That could be a setup for some project nights on the last two bullets:

- get things up (basic) for OpenStack/Rackspace;
- get things up for basic courseware;
- add monitoring etc. for OpenStack/Rackspace;
   - show some test deploys w/ the developer tiers, register a bunch of
people on that;
- run some xblock development to extend the authoring experience (for any
who care about that);

- Yarko

On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM, Brian Curtin <brian at python.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM, Adam Forsyth <adam at adamforsyth.net> wrote:
> > Any other volunteers to give talks next week, especially Django related?
> >
> > Yarko, did you submit yet?
> >
> > Do we know if any of the conference people will still be in town on
> Thursday
> > and might be interested in speaking?
> >
> > Anyone who's attending DjangoCon interested in giving a brief summary /
> > overview?
> I don't know anything about Django, but I could talk about some
> Rackspace stuff. It may be timely because we just announced a
> developer discount tier ($50/mo credit for 6 mos -
> http://developer.rackspace.com/devtrial/).
> What I'd actually talk about is one of the projects I work on, pyrax
> (https://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyrax/1.5.0), which just released some
> new features to support monitoring and autoscaling. I wouldn't mind
> introducing some of that.
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