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May Presentation Night: Kenneth Reitz, Python for Humans

For our May speaker, we have a real treat!  Kenneth Reitz is a luminary in the Python world, and a prized speaker at any Python conference.  Thanks to Heroku and Rue La La for sponsoring.

Python for Humans, Kenneth Reitz

Python’s ecosystem is held up to a high standard, but it falls short in a few key areas. A handful of crucial APIs are an absolute pain to work with. We’ll go over where these APIs went wrong and learn about strong and elegant API design, with particular attention to HTTP requests. The high barriers to entry in Python will be discussed. Potential solutions will be proposed.

We'll also have a broad-topic Q+A discussion.

Then, a few Lightning Talks!

Pizza is sponsored by Rue La La.

Heroku has provided Kenneth and drinks afterwards at Meadhall!

 

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  • Nate A.

    I recorded Kenneth's talk using Livestream Producer and posted the downloaded MP4 to Youtube: http://youtu.be/VSrMHdlbleg

    The CustomMade guys recorded higher quality video, so if you want to wait, you can view that after they've posted it.

    The lightning talks were also recorded but unfortunately there were some technical glitches and my talk about Google Glass & Python didn't get recorded. http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4101156/events/2120691

    For the curious, this is the free software I used to livestream the event (available for Mac and Windows): http://new.livestream.com/live-video-tools#encoding-software

    May 22, 2013

    • Nate A.

      @Corey - sorry that URL should have been: http://new.livestream...­

      May 22, 2013

    • mak

      Definitely appreciate these recordings. I can't always make the talks. Judging from the crowd there is not always space for everyone that wants to. I snagged the low quality immediately, but appreciate the higher quality for the improved sound and slides. BTW, I am python 3.x fan. I moved to it immediately when 3.0 became available. Motivations: unicode, namespaces.

      May 23, 2013

  • Mitchell P.

    A couple interesting talks. The main event was a bit high-level than I was expecting, but still quite good.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk!

    May 22, 2013

  • Henry G.

    Any video or slides available for Trent's concurrency talk?

    May 22, 2013

  • Nate A.

    Kenneth posted the slides from his talk last night here: https://speakerdeck.com/kennethreitz/python-for-humans

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup, thanks very much to all the organizers, and Kenneth for presenting.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the best meetups I've every attended. It explained a lot of things that were part of my early startup using Python.

    May 22, 2013

    • Mitchell P.

      Agreed. Was pleased to learn about the Hitchhikers Guide to Python. I plan on making some contributions there.

      May 22, 2013

  • Samantha S.

    Kenneth was great and so were the lightning talks!

    May 22, 2013

  • Norman M.

    It was a little different than I expected. It was really good but I think I would have called it "Python for Human Developers". Not being a developer but rather a person that uses Python to help grade 5 - 12 kids develop problem solving skills, a lot of it was pretty foreign though understandable.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great take on state of Python, where it falls short and how modules are changing that for the better.

    May 21, 2013

  • Corey G.

    Thanks to everyone for watching the lightning talks too! :)

    slides from my 'Tox' (testing and virtualenv management) lightning talk, given at tonight's meetup:
    http://goldb.org/talks/2013/tox

    more info:
    http://goldb.org/talks/2013/tox/#/step-9


    -Corey

    May 21, 2013

  • Kaushik

    pudb was a great suggestion from Ned. Also, pyinstaller is very convenient (have only used it on a mac). I was very impressed it worked with a matplotlib based GUI application (turning it into an app). The only thing was some weirdness with Tk.

    May 21, 2013

  • Nate A.

    The new livestream URL is http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4101156/events/2120691

    uStream wouldn't recognize my Canon DV cam over Thunderbolt, so I had to use Livestream Producer instead.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • David F.

      It's hard to see the code on the screen. Is there a higher resolution available or can you zoom maybe?

      May 21, 2013

    • Nate A.

      sorry,i'm eating a taco boat but will zoom in on the code when i'm done.

      1 · May 21, 2013

  • David S.

    Argh! Running late, giving up my RSVP for now.

    May 21, 2013

  • Patrick P.

    Gotta meet a deadline. Freeing up my spot...

    May 21, 2013

  • Thom N.

    I'll watch the video too.

    May 21, 2013

  • Gordon W.

    Will be late leaving work :-(

    May 21, 2013

  • Dan R.

    Devoting 'Ken Reitz' time this week to Thursday's meetup. (Watched his PyCon talk and will watch video.)

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something has come up last minute. I'll make room for someone else and check the video.

    May 21, 2013

  • Will L.

    I'm going to be unable to make it due to a last minute commitment that I must uphold. Me and my guest will not be coming, which will free up two seats. I look forward to watching the video!

    May 21, 2013

  • Greg G.

    emergency in family. Sorry!

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    no guest anymore

    May 21, 2013

  • Katie

    Making space for others, I will watch the video stream.

    May 21, 2013

  • Steve W.

    Kenneth, great talk, you are absolutely right, and I'm looking at "requests" and python-guide right away!
    The video is well-done, shows both Kenneth and his slides, the audio is clear and the slides aren't crowded with details you have to race to read.
    I've taken myself off the waiting list.
    I'm really going to miss the lightning talks, though!

    May 20, 2013

  • MJ ☥ ח.

    Will have to catch the video. For those who also can't make it, this looks interesting too: "Adolescent Brain Café at the Middlesex Lounge"
    http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/events/119405812/

    May 20, 2013

  • Ethan

    Will watch the video stream instead

    May 20, 2013

  • Margery H.

    I too will watch the video and open a spot for someone who lives closer. For anyone else who's North, there's a PySIG meeting this Thursday 7pm at USFirst in Manchester. See http://dlslug.org/pipermail/python-talk/2013-May/001601.html

    May 20, 2013

  • Nate A.

    For those who can't make it to the presentation, or are on the waiting list, we're looking into offering a live video broadcasting of the talk using uStream.tv and archiving the recorded video on Youtube. The URL where you can tune in to the live broadcast is:
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/boston-python-user-group

    Afterwards, we'll post the URL to the recorded video on Youtube.

    May 20, 2013

  • Andy A.

    videos are cool too :)

    May 20, 2013

  • EdK

    something has come up.

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, a more commitment came up. Hope someone else can use this space!

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      *more pressing commitment.

      May 20, 2013

  • Peter G.

    Creating space.

    May 20, 2013

  • Karl H

    I'll make space and watch the video

    May 20, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    I'll watch the video, so someone else can go...
    Hoping the Q&A discussion gets captured in some form.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    I'll watch the video to make space.

    May 19, 2013

  • Colin G.

    conflicting meeting....

    May 17, 2013

  • Margery H.

    These meetups fill up very fast. There are 86 on the waiting list right now. Is there any chance of repeating the presentations, say, one night later, at a venue north of Boston? Constant Contact in Waltham hosts the NE-JUG Java Users Group meetings. There could be other companies with parking lots who'd be willing to host a python group. Maybe at U. Mass Lowell? Or is there a WebCam for people to watch the presentation remotely?

    2 · May 15, 2013

    • MJ ☥ ח.

      @John, I've been planning to do the recording and some short interviews with the speakers. I didn't get to RSVP in time. I'll see if I can get a camera, and I'm expecting that there will be sufficient cancelations for me to attend.

      Jason is also working on a video solution.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • John O.

      The other way to to go is to explore whether there is any chance of getting a bigger meeting space....

      May 16, 2013

  • Mick T.

    What exactly will Kenneth be talking about?

    May 15, 2013

  • Mick T.

    Looking forward to this talk.

    May 15, 2013

  • Keith Xavier M.

    I wanted to make sure if this event is being hosted at Microsoft or Akamai. Since the location for the meetup mentions Microsoft but the 'Our Sponsors' menu on the left mentions Akamai will be hosting the May Project night.
    Thanks!

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • Ned B.

      This event is definitely at MS-NERD. I guess the terms "Project Night" and "Presentation Night" can be confusing....

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Keith Xavier M.

      Ah my bad.. I missed the difference there.. Thanks Ned!

      May 15, 2013

  • Gennady A.

    great topics!

    May 13, 2013

  • James

    currently a maybe leaning towards yes

    May 13, 2013

  • JoeC

    Would a lightning talk on "Using bitcoin for identification" be of interest?

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Norman M.

    I teach Python to 5th grade to high school students (among other things). I am a strong believer that everyone should have a little programming (aka Problem Solving) in their K-12 education.

    1 · May 8, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • IBM Resilient

    Sponsor of the June 5 project night.

  • DataRobot

    Sponsor for June 21 presentation night.

  • Kyruus

    Kyruus is sponsoring pizza for the May 11 PyCon Rehearsal night.

  • Amazon Alexa

    Sponsor and host of the May 9th presentation night

  • GenePeeks

    Sponsor of the May 2nd presentation night

  • Wayfair

    Sponsor and host of the April 27th presentation night

  • PluralSight

    PluralSight is sponsoring April project night.

  • Akamai

    Akamai is hosting and sponsoring March project night.

  • OM1

    OM1 is sponsoring pizza on the 1/23 presentation night.

  • Man Numeric Investors

    Man Numeric Investors is feeding us on the January 10th project night.

  • Merrimack College

    Merrimack College is providing pizza for the 12/20 presentation night.

  • Carbon Black

    Carbon Black is sponsoring the 12/5 project night

  • Data Xu

    Data Xu is providing pizza for the November presentation night.

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