Boggling Optimizations, Thermostats, and Virtualenvs

Python, Boggle, and Speed

How Theo Voss learned how to write better Python code. A beginner-friendly story of how he went from hacking Python scripts together to understanding how to make something fast. He'll have speed comparisons of different techniques and a demo of his Boggle-solving library. A while back he started a Boggle solver library to learn about Python more and in the process he has learned a lot about how to make it as fast as possible.


Jace Browning will talk about the steps required to get pip and virtualenv working on Windows and Mac (before and after Python 3.4).

Ben Rousch will talk about the purpose for using virtual environments, the new venv module in Python 3.4, and how to get started with virtualenvs on Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04.

Controlling a Thermostat with Python 3

Dave Brondsema wrote a simple script to control his thermostat using requests, json,and Python 3 enums (which were new to him). He will give us a walk-through of the script and talk about a few things he learned along the way.

Book Give-Away: Python 101 by Michael Driscoll

We will be giving away a copy of Python 101 which was graciously donated by its author, Michael Driscoll. This book is a good, quick introduction to many fundamental pieces of Python programming based on Michael's many years of blog posts.

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