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lightning demos!

  • May 31, 2012 · 6:30 PM

Sometimes it can be hard to fill an entire hour with a single subject (although I had the impression that we could have filled two with our VIM meetup). Maybe it's a good time for a lightning talk/demo meetup where members who have done cool things with python can put them on display in a 10-15 minute format.

I can do one on virtualenv:

Managing virtualenv across multiple servers: Virtualenv is used to create a sandbox for python to run inside that allows a set of specific packages and versions to be available. I can show you how to write a bash script that will install or update your virtualenv before calling the python prgram that will utilize it. I can also demonstrate how to have a python application automatically invoke and then run inside a virtualenv using pickle.

I don't see another planned meetup yet and this might be a nice way to keep them going without having to find someone that can dedicate an hour to a particular subject.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So it's not just pip, good to know, thanks Tony!

    June 1, 2012

  • Ed J.

    this was a good idea to get participation from people who don't have time to set up full-scale presentations

    June 1, 2012

  • Salman

    Need to do this again so I can present.

    June 1, 2012

  • Anthony D.

    Just to follow up on my comment last night about the --distribute option in virtualenv: Using that will install Distribute, which is a fork of Setuptools. Info on it is here:

    http://pypi.python.org/pypi/distribute

    June 1, 2012

  • Ryan D.

    Watch out for the toll road west bound, accident is blocking things at Weihle. (sp?)

    May 31, 2012

  • Ryan D.

    Yes, 5th floor, go to the right. I'll have my phone number posted on the sign at the front door as well. See you there!

    May 31, 2012

  • Greg the 1

    Hey all, do I need to know anything about parking, which building to go to, which room? Thanks!

    May 31, 2012

  • Ryan D.

    We are on! Thank you all for volunteering, I think this will be a great way to learn more about what other people in the group enjoy to do.

    I assume this Thursday would be asking a lot, so I've tentatively scheduled for the 31st of May at VMWare in Reston. If this timeline is too short for our presenters, I'll move it back. Please let me know what you think!

    May 22, 2012

  • Brendan M.

    Kurt - that sounds really cool. Well, it sounds like we have enough demos to make this happen.

    May 22, 2012

  • Kurt Y.

    I could talk a bit about pyglet (python 3d game toolkit).

    May 22, 2012

  • Anthony D.

    Depending on the date/location, I would be glad to talk about generating JSON from a SQL database using Python. That's how we powered this interactive at USA TODAY: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/smelting-lead-contamination/index

    I also blogged about the general technique here: http://www.anthonydebarros.com/2012/03/11/generate-json-from-sql-using-python/

    May 22, 2012

  • Brendan M.

    nice. I think we should get 4 or 5, then cap it. If we have a large response maybe we can do another lightning format meetup again.

    May 18, 2012

  • Salman

    I might be able to give a talk on CKAN which is a open data platform written in Pylons.

    May 18, 2012

  • Ryan D.

    Thanks for jumpstarting this Brendan! I can do a lightning presentation covering a plugin for Pmxbot that I've been working on. I would love to see the virtualenv as well.

    If we get enough presentations, we can do this upcoming Thursday at VMware. Or we can just plan ahead a couple weeks out.

    May 18, 2012

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