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June AWPUG Meetup

Calling all Pythonistas and Pythoneers --

We have the just the cure for the Texas summer heat: cold beer and tech talks at the June Web Python meetup! This month we’re concentrating on packaging and deployment. Starting at 7pm, we’ll have a beginner’s guide to pip + virtualenv and why you should be using them to manage dependencies for your projects.

Then, if you ever wanted to roll up all of your Python code and dependencies into a neat little Debian package that's ready to go for production, Ray Holder of BlackLocus ( has a few tricks he's picked up and is sharing with the group this month. There may be time for lighting talks afterwards, so plan accordingly if you have something you want to announce to the group.

The food and beer will be sponsored by the great folks over at - check them out at and come by to hear about how they can help you integrate painless shipping into your projects.

As always, if you are interested in sponsoring or giving a talk, get in touch with one of the organizers. We’ll see you at the Capital Factory (701 Brazos St, 16th floor) on Thursday, June 27th -- come early, enjoy the food, and hang out with the Austin Python community!

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  • Jeremy B.

    Great talks. Thanks, Josh and Ray!

    Question for folks paying attention to these comments: are these kinds of intro + advanced pairs of talks useful for people? We've gotten requests for beginner-level talks in things like testing and WSGI, but we'd like to pair those with higher-leve talks for folks who already know that stuff. I think last night was a great example that dovetailed nicely.

    June 28, 2013

    • Dale S.

      Yes, very useful. Has AWPUG sponsored hack nights or hackathons? I would love to participate in some flavor of group exercise where we put together a django 1.5 project with substantial features - something quite a bit beyond the polls app.

      June 28, 2013

    • Sam S.

      If you're interested in hackathons, here is the link to the Hack A Car event on July 19th & 20th that was mentioned. AWPUG members get $10 off the $35 entry fee. They'd love to gave a gang of folks focusing on Python applications. http://www.techshop.w...­ I am the TechShop employee that spoke briefly about the event last night.

      June 28, 2013

  • Aaron

    I wasn't able to make it to this one so I'm not sure of the context for the discussion happening here. Just as a heads up though, the beginner niche is what we're trying to fill over at

    If you have interest in listening to or giving lower level talks, there is a place for you ( but you should still come to AWPUG too! )

    I'll try to do a lightning talk about this next time.

    June 28, 2013

  • Christopher G.

    I think that it needs to continue to be a place where folks new to Python can be shown more intro level things. That said, me personally, I come to get insight into some of the more specific advanced topics, especially those that pertain to my stack in some way (or alternatives to it).

    So I guess my opinion is that I like the basic/advanced format as it offers something for everyone.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As a non-developer / hobbyist my takeaway was "now I see why I installed virtualenv and pip" and I have a jumping off point for further self-study. Ref. the other talk that Ray Holder gave, from a SysAd who's interested in DEVOPS I found it informative but the follow-on discussions between developers about deployment strategies was great.
    Just a suggestion, for future meetups, could we link to github repos so that we can all have copies of code that will be discussed / demoed ahead of time? It shouldn't be too much work to add them as links in the meetup descriptions. Which could be an interesting experiment also: we could all pull the same repo to work on / explore during discussions.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jonathan S.

    Clarified how much I need to get up to speed. ;)

    June 27, 2013

  • Noah S.

    Can't make it to CF but I'll meet up with y'all after!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the same week as the SciPy 2013 conference. If you are concerned that you may have a clash (unlikely, luckily the last talk on Thursday finishes at 7) then check here for the schedule:

    June 17, 2013

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