[GNHLUG] PySIG June 2007 - week after next - 28th, Thursday

Bill Sconce sconce at in-spec-inc.com
Mon Jun 18 20:08:42 EDT 2007

 Life with Java without Java, presented by Alex Hewitt     28 June 2007

o Week after next is PySIG!  Thursday, June 28th, at the Amoskeag
  Business Incubator.  Our thanks, as always, to the folks at ABI
  and SNHU.

o Cookies are promised and in process.  Something called miniMuffins.
  Unless Janet eats them all first.  ("I like them".)  Do   we have
  a volunteer to bring the PySIGGallon of milk?

PySIG -- New Hampshire Python Special Interest Group
Amoskeag Business Incubator, Manchester, NH
28 June 2007 (4th Thursday)   7:00PM

The monthly meeting of PySIG, the NH Python Special Interest Group,
takes place fourth Thursdays, starting at 7:00 PM.  Beginners' 
session precedes at 6:30 PM.  (Bring a Python question!)

Jython on the Job, presented by Alex Hewitt
Jython "is an implementation of the high-level, dynamic, object-
oriented language Python written in 100% Pure Java, and seamlessly
integrated with the Java platform. It thus allows you to run
Python on any Java platform."
What this doesn't say is that if a Pythonista finds himself in a
job where Java is the standard, there may still be a way out.  Our
own Alex Hewitt will give us a report from the Java trenches, and
how or whether Jython, by allowing one to code in Python, allows
one to become a wizard in the eyes of one's peers.

o Kent's Korner   The Real Stuff!  - Kent Johnson
    reStructured Text
        -the tools Kent uses to create his handouts
         (which are superb - this is a don't-miss)
    Upcoming Kent's Korner topics:
        XML parsing  (ElementTree)
        HTML parsing  (BeautifulSoup)
        Profiling (timeit, prof)

o Django.June report  - Ray Côté
    Ray did go to the Django in June meet in Northampton last
    Saturday (and Charlie did too, we believe -- and Charlie
    even knows about Gypsy jazz guitar!).  Ray will tell us
    about the Python part of the meet, and also give a quick
    talk showing Django (the Python one) in action on some
    small Web sites.
o Our usual roundtable of introductions, happenings, announcements.
    - FOSSED/Gould report - Bill Sconce
o Gotcha contest - bring your favorite "gotcha"
o Python Data Types Shootout, Part II  - Bill Sconce
      --in which Bill chooses which toe to shoot off THIS month
      --put off from last month (to the relief of the auidence)

And of course, milk & cookies...

6:30   Beginners' Q&A
7:00   Welcome, Announcements - Bill & Ted & Alex
7:10   Milk & Cookies - <your name here> & Janet
7:15   Field trip & Gypsy jazz report - Ray
7:30   Kent's Korner (Python Module of the Month)
8:00~  Python Data Types II - Bill
8:02~  Jython - Alex
9:00~  Adjourn - "~" may mean "about then" because Alex 
       no longer has keys to the Executive Restroom

About PySIG:
    PySIG meetings are typically 10-20 people, around a large table
    equipped with a projector, power, and Internet hookup (wired and
    wireless).  We encourage laptops and hands-on;  seminar style.
    The main meeting starts at 7 PM; officially we finish circa 9 PM.  
    Everyone is welcome.  ("Membership" is anyone who has an interest
    in the Python progamming language, whether on Microsoft systems,
    Linux, or mainframes.  We have everyone from object-oriented
    gurus to recovering COBOL programmers.)  Tell your friends!
Beginners' session:
    The half hour before the formal meeting (i.e., starting at 6:30PM)
    we have a beginners' session.  Any Python question is welcome -- 
    whoever asks the first question gets the half hour!  Questions are
    equally welcome by mail beforehand (in which case we can announce
    them) or at the meeting.  (As are all Python questions, anytime.)

Mailing list:

About Python:
    "Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that
    can be used for many kinds of software development. It offers 
    strong support for integration with other languages and tools, 
    comes with extensive standard libraries, and can be learned
    in a few days.  Many Python programmers report substantial 
    productivity gains and feel the language encourages the 
    development of higher quality, more maintainable code."

    "NASA uses Python...so does Rackspace, Industrial Light&Magic,
    AstraZeneca, Honeywell, and many others."

    Google: "Python has been an important part of Google since the
    beginning, and remains so as the system grows and evolves." 
    -Peter Norvig

About Amoskeag Business Incubator:
    Our gracious hosts are the Amoskeag Business Incubator, an
    organization providing a supportive entrepreneurial environment
    that stimulates the growth of businesses to ensure economic
    vitality and encourage job creation, by providing affordable
    office space and technical assistance to early stage companies.
    PySIG thanks the ABI for their generous hospitality.

Directions (thanks to Ted Roche for improvements to "from the north"):
    PySIG NH meetings are held at the Amoskeag Business Incubator,
    33 South Commercial Street, Manchester, NH.

    Coming in to Manchester using I-293, from the north:
        o Use Exit 6 from I-293.  Stay to the right on the ramp,
          yield twice to traffic incoming from the left, cross back
          over I-293 and accept one merge coming in from your right.
        o Then get in the right lane, and stay there, over the river,
          and onto the Canal Street exit ramp.
        o Take the first right off Canal Street onto North Commercial
          Street.  Enjoy the scenic mill buildings as the street turns
          into Commercial Street.
        o Coming to the traffic light get in the middle lane.  South
          Commercial Street starts on the other side of the light.
          You go straight through (and join the folks coming from the
          south at step * below).

    Coming in to Manchester using I-293, from the south:
        o Use the Granite Street exit.  Turn right (east).  Go under
          I-293 and cross the bridge over the Merrimack River.

        o Turn right (south) at the first light after crossing the

        * This is South Commercial Street.  Go past one parking-lot
          entrance, turn right into the second one.  33 Commercial
          Street will be right in front of you.  You may go in via
          either the ramp or the door and three steps inside.

        o Inside.  Up the stairs if via the door.  Go through the
          glass doors - follow the diamonds on the floor.  Go left 
          at the last diamond.   (Under a sign which says 
              "<- Amoskeag Small Bus. Incubator").

        o More diamonds, another sign...  much glass and office
          space for SNHU; turn left there, 4 more diamonds and 
          you're at the glass doors for the Incubator.  An "abi"
          sign is above.

        o Through the doors, straight down the hall.  The ABI
          Conference Room is on the left.

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