NYLUG meeting: 10/26 The Python Object Model with Alex Martelli & Google (slight correction)

Ron Guerin ron at vnetworx.net
Mon Oct 17 17:33:14 CEST 2005

(date and time inadvertently omitted last time. sorry!)

The New York Linux User's Group invites you to a special presentation
by Alex Martelli of Google, on the Python Object Model.  This
presentation will be held at P.J. Clarke's Sidecar, rather than our
usual location, and Google is picking up the tab for an hour and a half
of open bar and food.  Additionally, if you're looking for a job as a
Python developer, bring your resume.

Please RSVP at http://rsvp.nylug.org to attend, as seating is limited.

PS: You may wish to bring ID and a GPG fingerprint to sign keys.

- Ron

(announcement follows)

               The New York Linux User's Group Presents
                            Alex Martelli
                               - on -
                       The Python Object Model

                    Held at P.J. Clarke's Sidecar
                  October 26, 2005  6:00pm-10:00pm
                 915 Third Avenue @ 55th Street - NY

Python is a multi-paradigm programming language, but, out of the
paradigms it supports, there is no doubt that OOP (Object Oriented
Programming) is the paradigm that forms Python's core. If you have done
any substantial programming with Python, you have, most likely, used
some of its OOP features. But -- have you ever stopped to really think
about those OOP features, the mechanisms that Python uses (and exposes!)
to implement them, and how best to make use of the possibilities this
state of things offers?

This subject is generally known as the "Object Model" of a language.
This talk stops a bit short of examining every level of Python's Object
Model -- in particular, it does not get into metatypes (metaclasses) and
similar levels of "Black Magic". Rather, the talk sticks to the most
practically interesting aspects of Python's Object Model as seen from
the point of view of a programmer using Python -- understanding exactly
what's going on in all kind of everyday OOP-usage situation, what
alternatives and trade-offs these mechanisms imply (for example, when
should you use closures, and when should you use functors instead? when
to inherit, and when to delegate instead?), and how Design Patterns play
into the mix (Python subsumes and build-ins some classic DPs, and makes a
few others irrelevant due to its highly dynamic typing, but other classic
DPs yet remain extremely relevant and important for optimal day to day
use of OOP in Python).

About Alex Martelli
Alex Martelli is Uber Technical Lead at Google, in Production Software.
He wrote Python in a Nutshell and co-edited the Python Cookbook, and is
a member of the Python Software Foundation. Before joining Google,
Martelli spent 8 years with IBM, 12 with think3 inc, and 3 as a Python
freelance consultant, mostly for AB Strakt (Sweden).

P. J. Clarke's Sidecar
915 Third Avenue @ 55th Street - NY

Sidecar is PJ Clarkes handsome semiprivate upstairs dining room.  You
enter Sidecar through a distinct yet discreet door on East 55th Street.

Take the E, V or 6 Subways to 51st Street, cut over to Third Avenue and
walk north 4 blocks.

Take the 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 59th Street, cut over to Third and walk 4
blocks south.

Take the 101, 102 or 103 Buses to 55th. If you're coming downtown on
Lexington, cut across to Third. If you're coming up on Third, it's right
across the street.


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