Newbie Night: Intro to Python and Django, everyone welcome!

Intro to Django



We will be having a newbie night, everyone is welcome. We will have an intro of Python and Django and go over all the basics, and there will be Django veterans there to answer your questions. If you bring your laptop with you, we will even help you install python and django on your machine so that you can follow along, and continue playing at home.



Think Tank on Congress St in downtown Portland Maine.


Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to know more about Python or Django. All ages are welcome

No prior experience with Python or Django required, but it would be helpful if you have some previous programming experience with another language.

We encourage the regular folks to bring a friend who has never programmed with Django or Python before and wants to learn.


What should you bring?

Notebook to take notes, and if you want to follow along or need help installing python and Django on your laptop, bring you laptop along. There is WiFi available.


Topics we will try to cover

  • Intro to python and how to install on your machine
  • What is Django
  • How to install Django
  • Setting up a project
  • Using Pip and virtualENV to configure your environment and manage dependencies.
  • Configuring the Django Settings file
  • Forms
  • Views
  • Models
  • Templates
  • Django Admin


Food and Drink:

Because we want to make this open to all ages, we will not be having Beer at this meeting.

Base36 has agreed to sponsor the meeting and provide Pizza for everyone! If you do not plan on eating, or you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know before the meeting.



Everyone who attends the meeting will be entered into a raffle to win some cool swag.



We will be capping the number of RSVP's to the first 30, so sign up quickly to make sure you reserve a spot. If you don't make the first 30, add your name to the waiting list. If there are enough people on the waiting list we will see if we can find more room for everyone.


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  • Ken C.

    Here is a link to a blog post with the slides. Let me know if you have any questions or issues.

    February 19, 2013

  • Ethan G.

    Great job!

    February 18, 2013

  • Scott E.

    Hi everyone. Sad to say I am out for tonight. :(

    Django on!

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make tonight's event. Looks like it's off to a great start.

    February 18, 2013

  • Pat D.

    Apologies, will be out of town. Looking forward to the next one!

    February 15, 2013

  • Alan F.

    I am going to be out of town for this one.

    Have fun everyone, it's exciting to see so many people signed up!

    February 15, 2013

  • Bill M.

    Will there be some sort of after-event? I'm an experienced django dev, so I don't want to take the last slot away from a learner, but I'd like to meet some people.

    February 14, 2013

    • Ken C.

      Not sure yet, but I'm open to ideas.. Bill don't worry about taking the spot, if we need more space, we can figure out a way.

      February 14, 2013

  • Colin S.

    Sorry - I just realized that I'll be out of town!

    February 12, 2013

  • Lance D.

    I'll bring the pizza!

    2 · February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry just realized I will be out of town. I was really hoping to get to that meeting.

    February 2, 2013

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