Python SIG, was: [Centralug] Me-Toism and Ruby
David J Berube
djberube at berubeconsulting.com
Fri Dec 31 15:05:01 EST 2004
My fault about the migration - lol. Anyway, I'm definitely up for
meeting @ 6:30. As you alluded to in point #2, perhaps backing the idea
up a bit would be good - maybe a scripting languages UG or even a
software development group? That would enable us to attract attention to
Python more, as well as talk about scripting languages in general, and
give us a strong user base to start from.
One idea I'd like to integrate into CentraLUG that might work well for
such a group: Short, ten minute book reviews/synopsises from members
during a meeting.
It'd be extremely nice to introduce some Microsoft developers to
scripting concepts - I know that personally I've had excellent success
mixing Microsoft technologies with scripting languages. I'm also, as I
said, very interested in learning more about Python - and about software
development in general; I don't think there's anywhere around here to
discuss Agile or Extreme methodologies, except perhaps SWANH, but I
don't think that's covered by them very often.
FYI all, books and other swag from O'Reilly are in - might give away one
In any case, I'm definitely up for 6:30.
Take it easy,
djberube at berubeconsulting.com
Ted Roche wrote:
> Somehow I think our discussion migrated from the GNHLUG group to the
> CentraLUG group mailing list. I've taken the liberty of addressing all
> of the "me, too" people individually.
> I'm also interested in a Python SIG. I've seen this done a couple of
> different ways, and want to toss out some ideas to see if any might work:
> 1. Arnold Bilansky, an activist in the groups that meet in Waltham,
> and former Boston Computer Society board member, created a LearnVB
> group years ago, and then the group spent a year working their way
> through a book, chapter by chapter. This had some advantages for folks
> willing to take a year to learn, and forced everyone to read the
> chapter, but feels too slow to me. But a book study group might be a
> great idea, perhaps on a different time schedule.
> 2. Guy and I had a lot of success a few years ago with an "early"
> session where we spent 12 monthly meetings discussing "How an Idea
> Becomes An Application," walking through the processes of
> investigation, negotiation, data gathering, design, testing,
> documentation, construction and deployment for a commercial
> application. Run from 6 PM to 7 PM before the "main" meeting, they
> attracted a crowd.
> 3. Other UGs I know have a "Newbie" session for a half-hour to an hour
> before the main meeting.
> I have the impression that this group spans that range of experience:
> I know Bill has commercial Python experience, and Christopher has some
> pretty impressive discussions of RDF/FOAF on his site. I know David
> did the Win32 GUI portion of AmphetaDesk. Guy is completely new to
> Python while I have been dabbling part-time through online tutorials
> and the O'Reilly books.
> I would welcome the opportunity to get together to discuss how we
> might get a group going. CentraLUG meets this Monday from 7 PM to 9 PM
> in Little Hall on the NHTI Campus, room 233.
> http://www.nhti.net/frames_Map.html, marked as "K" on that map. Can we
> try to meet at 6:30? Earlier?
> On Dec 31, 2004, at 8:00 AM, guy Pardoe wrote:
>> I'd definitely be interested in a Python SIG or UG.
>> Take it easy,
>> David Berube
>> Hi Dave,
>> I have a high interest in this too. I'm an application developer and
>> it's interesting learning about a broad view of packages and/or
>> issues in
>> the Linux environment, my real interest is in learning how to develop
>> business applications on Linux (and even better if it's portable to
>> Python looks like a VERY worthwhile language to know and to use for this
>> What would be some next steps in order to get something going with a
>> like this? Assuming sufficient interest, would this need to be a group
>> different from the existing Centralug?
>> Centralug mailing list
>> Centralug at mail.centralug.org
> Ted Roche
> Ted Roche & Associates, LLC
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