This month is our first month of taking this meetup group beyond the seven languages covered in Bruce Tate's Book "Seven Languages in Seven Weeks".
We will tackle Python, which will effectively be our 8th language and our resident Python guru Julian Berman will lead the way:
"In the first post-7Li7W meeting, we''ll take a look at Python. In many ways, Python is quite similar to Ruby, the language we started with in month one. It is strongly, dynamically typed, is mostly interpreted, and has a number of popular web frameworks. Python excels, however, in a wide variety of domains. It was invented for text processing, which makes it a popular choice for system administration, grew popular amongst data analysts and scientists for its flexible operator overloading and relatively easy interoperability with other languages, and continues to be popular as a succinct, well designed general purpose language with a vibrant community.
We'll take a quick look at Python's syntax and core datatypes and explore its well-stocked standard library in an effort to gain some basic competency. Our experience with all the languages seen so far will help, along with Python's general simplicity and small number of core principles like "We are all consenting adults" that have guided its design.
In what time remains we'll take a look at some of Python's killer apps, including PyPy (http://pypy.org), and what it means even if Python is not the language you program in on a daily basis.
Obviously there is no chapter in the book on Python, but if you'd like some reading material, it would be recommended to skim or read some of the sections from the official Python tutorial (http://docs.python/org/2/tutorial), which is generally quite good and is guided towards programmers with a bit of experience with another language (like all of us!). Specifically, skimming Section 3.1 (http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/introduction.html#using-python-as-a-calculator), section 4 (http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/controlflow.html) and Section 5.1.4 (http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/datastructures.html#list-comprehensions) and Sections 5.3 through 5.7 (http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/datastructures.html#tuples-and-sequences) would be a good plan for getting a good general feel"
Julian Berman has been programming in Python for 7 years as a freelancer and full-time developer. He also is an active member of the NYC Python meetup (http://www.meetup.com/nycpython/) and a regular of Freenode's #python channel, both of which you very much should check out if you're interested in pursuing Python further.
Finally, please note that this meetup will be held at:
AOL Patch Labs
675 Avenue of the Americas, 3rd Floor, New York, NY