New Meeting Location and Earlier Start Time
For this event we're going to meet at the new company|dallas office facilities. They offer coworking space with lots of amenities we need like WiFi, whiteboards and lots of seating space. But don't worry that you'll have to drive far, it's just down the street from Nerdbooks on Collins Blvd.
While the regular meeting presentation will start at the usual 2pm, the doors will open at noon and several people are planning on doing some sprinting. Last time we sprinted on game design using Pyglet and some are interested in a group exploration into the Google App Engine. The actual topics depend on who shows up with what interests.
Food is permitted so feel free to bring in your lunch and come join us in some collaborative programming!
Welcome, those programming in Python and those wanting to start doing so. At our Saturday afternoon meetings we set up a projector for presentations, code reviews of projects and demonstrations of useful add-on packages. Our sessions are often hands-on so bring your laptops -- we have both wired and wireless Internet access at our meetings.
Not every meeting has a formal presentation, and because our sessions are 3-hours long, we like to mix it up with different topics. One way of doing so is for members to step forward and give short, 5-minute talks called lightning talks. Relax, the format is casual and not intended to cover a topic but to introduce it to the attendees or show off something you're working on. They are a lot of fun and stimulate ideas for future talks. Please think about a topic and come prepared. It could be an simple as just announcing this cool Python library you found on some website one day. Look thru your bookmarks for ideas.
For those just starting out with Python, if we know you're coming we run a Beginner's Session from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, and then the regular meeting starts at 2:00 pm. Our sessions run until 5 pm and then often go out for dinner as a group.
Our club wiki page can be found at
http://www.python.org/dfw. Feel free to edit it, perhaps adding a topic of interest to you. We also have a version control repository (based on Subversion) that anyone is welcome to use for their projects, and a mailing list separate from the Python meetup.com forum to which you can subscribe. Details are on the wiki.