[Python Edinburgh] Talks!

James Doig jamesdoig at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 18:05:21 CEST 2014

I vote: Keep pub meetup as is and run talks separately on a different day.

On 2 September 2014 16:58, Mark Smith <mark.smith at practicalpoetry.co.uk>

> Hi everybody,
> In the past when I've asked around, there's been a general feeling that
> we'd like to keep the pub meetups as they are and run talks separately.
> Before Toms unilaterally changes the format of our main function can
> anybody who has an opinion reply to this thread stating their preference.
> I think the options are:
> * Keep pub meetups as they are and run talks separately on a different day.
> * Start each meetup in a suitable venue (probably a local Python shop's
> office) with a short talk, followed by a move to the pub
> * Hold each meetup in suitable venue (see above) with a short talk and
> (possibly free) beer and pizza.
> If anyone has any other suggestions, please also feel free to post them.
>  --Mark
> On 2 September 2014 11:12, Toms <toms.baugis at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello again, this is the third and final email from me today :)
>> I ran a quick survey last time and was extremely happy to see that as
>> well as there are people who have been coding in python for 5+ years, there
>> were also plenty who had just started or even are considering learning
>> python as their first programming language!
>> Apart from that, there was not a single person using the same stack -
>> there was so much diversity between 20 people, that there is enough fuel
>> for talks for a decade :)
>> As such, I would like to tilt the format of the meetups by blending in
>> talks as the first part of the meetup.
>> Not just every now and then, but rather *each* time we meet.
>> Ideally we should be looking for 5-15 minute long talks, where no topic
>> is too big or too small. And they will be exciting as for the beginners, so
>> for the experts that might find a gap in their knowledge
>> I'll give a few examples that i hope will spark your imagination as to
>> what kind of talk could you give:
>> * lists, dicts, sets, tuples, namedtuples, frozensets - when to pick
>> tuple and when to pick list?
>> * decorators - how to write one and how and when to use one
>> * packing it up and shipping to PyPI with setuptools
>> * virtualenv, virtualenvwrapper, workon and other handy bits to make
>> managing python dependencies a breeze
>> * flask and writing a web app in 30 lines
>> These are talks anyone experienced a bit in python could give - and there
>> are tons of others. I'm quite certain that it would spark discussions
>> beyond what any of us could imagine.
>> During the last meetup I also asked a few of you as to what talk could
>> you give if they would be given these 5-15 minutes, here are some of
>> results:
>> * Thomas wrote a quizz web app in python and has open sourced it and it
>> has picked up - so it's most certainly worth checking it out
>> * John - interprocess communication
>> * Alistair - conda
>> * The gentleman who's name is now escaping me (sorry!) - how the new
>> buzzy Go compares to python
>> * Manuel - "plone" - turns out that despite the rumors, plone is still
>> very much alive
>> * Ross - a full stack trace of a request - from browser down to where it
>> all began (some ruby might be involved)
>> Here are few i can think myself from the top of the head, i could be
>> willing to present:
>> * docopt - the awesome self-documenting CLI lib
>> * adding autocomplete to your application in linux
>> * writing a desktop application in 100 lines on linux with GTK3
>> * automating deployment with fab
>> * forget httplib/urrlib and embrace requests
>> What's your stack like?
>> What's your favourite or most often used feature, library or framework
>> is?
>> What makes your head hurt and what excites you every time you get to use
>> it?
>> Mail me privately with your talk ideas at toms.baugis at gmail.com!
>> Toms
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