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The Austin Python Meetup Monthly Meetup

We are braving the SXSW crowds and gathering March 12th for our meetup, still at the Capital Factory, but in the classroom side (on the left when you enter the main door).  Remember that SXSW is in full swing right now, so parking downtown may be difficult and/or expensive.  If you decide not to come, PLEASE update your RSVP!

We will be doing something different for food tonight so we need an accurate headcount, and your help with this would be greatly appreciated!

Tonight we will start with lightning talk(s).  Peter Wang will give a brief talk about "Neat/Insane hacks with the ctypes.pythonapi module".  The audience is encouraged to follow along and blow up their own interpreters.

(Other lightning talks are also welcomed - if you have a topic you'd like to give a short presentation on, please get in touch!)

Our main presentation will be from Lisa Novak, who is presenting at APUG for the second time.  Lisa Novak is an HR Director for a local litigation IT consulting company, with over 20 years’ experience in recruiting and staffing for the technology market, primarily in the Austin area.  We’ve invited her to talk with us about interviewing strategy and tips.  She’ll discuss ideas to market yourself for the job you want, how to prepare for an interview, interview styles and expectations, and appropriate follow up with the interviewers.   This guidance should help you present yourself in a confident manner and land that role that’s the best fit for you.

Some of you may remember that Lisa and Danny Mulligan gave a great and lively presentation on the subject of Negotiation a few years ago.  This should be a fun follow-up to that.

As usual, after the meetup, we will head to some nearby bar for socializing.  This may be more difficult with the SXSW crowd in town, but we'll figure something out.

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  • John O.

    I have some experience coding in Java from college, but I focused primarily on Biology. I am interested in possibly working in the programming/development field and I've been getting familiar with OOP and Python the past month.

    February 26, 2014

    • Lisa N.

      Feel free to reach out to me directly, John. I'd be happy to talk with you about your resume and job search as you shift career focus a bit.

      March 13, 2014

    • John O.

      Thank you Lisa, I went ahead and sent an e-mail to you earlier today!

      March 13, 2014

  • Lisa N.

    Thanks to all of you for making me feel so welcomed and engaging enthusiastically with me. I encourage each of you to volunteer to present at these meetings. It's great practice with a kind group, and looks good on your resume!

    March 13, 2014

  • Artie G.

    Totally enjoyed the "hand me the software screw driver -- ooooooh sparks!!!!" bit, Peter! Fifty years of "how to avoid shooting yourself in the foot" gone! With the foot!!!
    Seriously though, the idea of Python providing a way to remove the cover and get down to the guts -- should you want or need to -- and it being both straightforward and not something that can be done unconsciously is damn cool. Nicely done.
    As for the HR discussion: Very well presented! And I *knew* the name looked familiar.... Thanks, y'all.

    March 13, 2014

  • Andrew D.

    Awesome Speakers -- Both Lisa and Peter did great jobs.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Kale R.

    I have some basic experience with Python as well, I'm looking towards getting into the Cloud Computing and large data fields. I would like to learn how to translate SQL scripts into more object oriented and Python based scripts. Looking forward to the event tomorrow night.

    March 11, 2014

  • Andrew D.

    Call for Pythonic Lightning Talks: Even though we have a special guest speaking at this meeting, we still have a slot to fill for a Lightning Talk. Please contact me if you're interested. (I've been using generators even more than last month; Don't doubt that I'll take the opportunity to share. Only you can `except StopIteration as speaker:`. Volunteer now!)

    March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Same boat, Marilyn. To advance my net sec career, I need some Python.

    February 16, 2014

  • Marilyn J.

    Hi Everyone, I hope you don't mind having a beginner amongst you. I'll be observing mostly but I'm excited to start learning. Thanks, Marilyn

    February 14, 2014

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