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DFW Pythoneers 2nd Saturday Teaching Meeting

UPDATE: This meeting instance will run from 2pm-8pm with free pizza and open discussion served from 6pm-8pm. Access to the building is locked from outside and only ZeOmega employees and contractors have access. Please arrive on time at or slightly before 2pm; if you arrive late, look for an 8.5x11" piece of paper on the front door/window for instructions.

Schedule:

* 2-2:30pm: introductions and setup.

* 2:30-5pm: parallel tracks, with main presentations in the large conference room (up to 25 people), and a separate room for Python beginners seeking help.

* 5-6pm: prizes, PyTexas promotion, gathering everyone's pizza preferences, and general commotion.

* 6-8pm: pizza arrives, dinner conversation

Several ZeOmega employees will be on hand to supervise and provide help with building access and refreshments.

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Welcome.  We're a friendly group for those who program using the Python language as well as those wanting to learn it.  We try hard to be beginner friendly as well as cover advanced material.

At our Saturday afternoon meetings we set up a projector for presentations, code reviews of projects and demonstrations of useful add-on packages.  We often pass the plug to the projector around for members to share what they are working on or to get help with their code.  Our sessions are very hands-on so bring your laptops so you can participate.  We have 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're 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.

Our club wiki page can be found at www.dfwpython.org.  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.

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  • Marcel S.

    I want to thank Shelia and ZeOmega for sponsoring our group on Saturday. Wonderful meeting!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Shelia, and ZeOmega for sponsoring Saturday! And thanks to Bill Chipman for the loan of the laptop for the presentation.

    August 12, 2013

  • Sheila A.

    Great turnout, good presentations, good conversation

    August 11, 2013

  • Marcel S.

    Excellent

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to meet there again

    August 11, 2013

  • Bill T.

    we will have to leave at six

    August 4, 2013

  • John Z.

    Thank you Sheila for providing a meeting location.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Sheila A.

    I'm having trouble removing an unwanted tagline from under the ZeOmega venue for this meeting invite. It reads "Please enter through the Alcatel-Lucent Training Center to sign in." This was relevant to the old venue, not the current venue.

    August 3, 2013

  • Sheila A.

    I will be organizing this event at the ZeOmega Frisco office.

    August 3, 2013

  • Sheila A.

    I have updated the invite to show it will be held at the ZeOmega office in Frisco. I work there, and several of my co-workers will be there to help with letting people in the doors. We're ordering pizza for dinner around 6pm and people are welcome to stay into the evening, as Jeff Rush and I will stay until around 8pm.

    Our large conference room can hold around 25 people, and we have a smaller room which would seat about 10. I thought we could have two tracks for the 2-5pm timeslot. I'll be in one room helping beginners, and Jeff will be in the other room hosting for more advanced presentations.

    I'd like to allocate 1 hour for PyTexas planning, maybe in a 3rd room. Several of the PyTexas organizers are here in DFW, and I would like to get them into this meeting.

    Prize giveaways are under consideration as well. If anyone wants to meet with me and provide input into the event planning let me know.

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The location still states the Gravity Center, I was under the impression that location was no longer available.

    July 26, 2013

    • John Z.

      You are absolutely correct. I wish someone would at least change this to "TBD" until some place could be found. It also looks like the Collide Center will not have a group meeting space available in time for the next meeting.

      July 29, 2013

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