Lightning Talks for July

An evening of all lightning talks, 5-10 minutes each, on a wide range of topics.  The night is sponsored by CustomMade.


  • Jenny Cheng, Sewing patterns with PIL
  • Chris Naughton, Using Python to make Java homework fun
  • Ghinwa F. Choueiter, 5 cool things about Pandas
  • Mike Speciner, What I don't like about Python
  • George Schneeloch, Static analysis options for Python
  • Mali Akmanalp, Simpleflake
  • Samantha Scharr, My Django app
  • Muthu Annamalai, Tamil twitter API programs
  • Christopher White, FlyScript portal
  • John Baldwin, Testing with SQLsoup

We'll also have some books to raffle off, and Meadhall for drinks afterwards.  The talks will be livestreamed on


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  • Mali A.

    August 20, 2013

  • John B.

    For anyone interested, here is a link to my project that uses SQLSoup and SQLite memory for unit testing: The README has a link to the slides

    August 1, 2013

  • Matthew D.

    In Mike Speciner's talk, he mentioned something about how he wish he could stop the execution of a python program at the point of failure and analyze the state of the program at that point. The 'code' package can help facilitate this using this pattern:

    import code
    <insert code that breaks>

    It certainly is not something I would leave in production code, but I have found it very helpful in quickly tracking down bugs!

    July 31, 2013

    • Steve W.

      Cool! Now that you mention it, the Flask web mini-framework in debug mode pops up an interactive stack display on the browser if you hit an exception in the client. It shows every Python stack frame and lets you inspect variables and type and run code in any frame.

      August 1, 2013

    • Matthew D.

      Thanks! I've been wanting to learn Flask so it's good to know this functionality is built in!

      August 1, 2013

  • Samantha S.

    I had a great time presenting and would highly recommend people taking the chance to do their own lightning talks even it you think you have nothing to say/nothing people would be interested in/think you're too junior to talk :) If anyone is interested you can find the code from my expense sheet app on github at

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Jacob K. N.

    This was my first attendance, and I greatly enjoyed the talks!

    August 1, 2013

  • Jenny

    Here's my slides if anyone's interested:

    Let me know if you want help making stuffed animals :)

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Mu2

      Cool presentation, and icing on cake was your 3D-"Plushie," all the way at the end.

      July 31, 2013

    • Jenny

      haha, thanks

      July 31, 2013

  • Christopher W.

    Slides from the FlyScript Portal session and additional info available here:

    Thanks all for the great company!

    July 31, 2013

  • Ghinwa C.

    Hi all,
    here are some notebooks I put together about pandas including the talk I gave. Hopefully you will find them useful.

    Pandas Lightning Tutorial

    Longer Version

    Data Transformations with Pandas

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • George S.

    July 31, 2013

  • Mu2

    Thanks everyone, for reception, and @BostonPython for the opportunity to share. My Code+Slides from "Using Python Twitter,"

    July 31, 2013

  • Matthew D.

    The indentations were removed from the code I wrote below when I posted it. This may be obvious to most of you, however if you use this code, please indent the lines that say "<insert code that breaks>" and "code.interact(local=locals())".

    July 31, 2013

  • Niranjan T.

    My first attendance. Very informative. Thanks to the organizers, sponsors and the presenters.

    2 · July 31, 2013

  • Ghinwa C.

    Fun and informative

    July 31, 2013

  • David F.

    Can't hear audio on YouTube

    July 30, 2013

  • seckenrode

    Got held up late at work :(

    July 30, 2013

  • Bryan M.

    Stuck at the office, damn!

    July 30, 2013

  • Tyler W.

    Recently moved to the area and work as a Django developer so was hoping to come.

    July 30, 2013

  • Aniket

    Will watch it live on stream

    July 30, 2013

  • mak

    Won't make it. Glad there is a wait list

    July 30, 2013

  • Elvin E.

    I will just watch it online.

    July 30, 2013

  • peter

    will watch on stream. someone else can enjoy in person!

    July 29, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Can't make it after all. Hope to watch on YouTube....

    July 29, 2013

  • Ning K.


    July 24, 2013

  • Jimmy C.

    Can someone tell me what this presentation night all about? I am a new comer for this group, so I don't now what it is going?

    2 · July 13, 2013

    • Giovanni Di M.

      It doesn't have a specific topic, but there will be several short (lightning) talks.

      July 24, 2013

  • Paul P.

    rsvp closed...?

    July 21, 2013

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