[Python Edinburgh] Talks!

Adriano Petrich petrich at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 18:06:56 CEST 2014

I vote for different events as well.

On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM, James Doig <jamesdoig at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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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<Patrician|Away> what does your robot do, sam

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