Bad Ideas in Python, or, Using Python for Evil @

  • July 24, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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"... with narrow search; and with inspection deep consider'd every Creature, which of all most opportune might serve his Wiles, and found The Serpent suttlest Beast of all the Field."

NYC Python (@nycpython) and ( are proud to present a talks surveying "bad ideas in Python" on Thursday, July 24th.


6:30 PM
- Doors open (mingling & pizza)
7:00 PM
- Allison Kaptur, A 1,500 line switch statement powers your Python (also, byterun!)
- James Powell, The Worst Thing I've Ever Done
- Bad Idea Speaker #3
- Ministry of "Silly" Talks
9:00 PM

Watch here for announcements about speakers and additional event details!

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  • Andrée M.

    My set of bad ideas in Python:

    2 · July 25

  • Isaul V.

    Wonderful talks especially Allison's.

    July 25

  • Paul L.

    Great hosts, great speakers, lots of fun.

    2 · July 25

  • Piper T.

    My pygame slides:

    And a link to the code:

    It's python 2.7 and Pygame 1.9, needs only the single file to play. Arrows, Z and X are your controls.

    1 · July 24

  • James P.

    Awesome event tonight! Amazing turnout. Allison's talk was great & it was so cool that so many of y'all were inspired to get up on stage and share some more bad ideas! Extra thanks to for hosting us tonight!

    2 · July 24

  • James P.

    Entrance is on 43rd St.

    1 · July 24

  • Paul T.

    Ok so where is his place want to look at this on my android phone I get three different addresses are you uptown on 42nd

    July 24

    • Carter S.

      Ok. The entrance is on 43rd. Not obvious :-)

      July 24

    • Jean G.

      From Times Square, all on the northern side of 43rd, going East. The entrance is through the delivery entrance. Hurry, pizza is served!

      July 24

  • Felipe J R.

    Are we recording the event ? If so when would it available. Please advise

    1 · July 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone else think this talk was about how is using Python for evil?

    6 · July 23

    • James P.

      Here's a simple way to classify methods in a class so that you can categorise them and do some useful tasks with reflection. This might actually be the most parsimonious encoding of this model, but please don't actually ever do it. It's probably also a bad idea.­

      2 · July 23

    • James P.

      Here's a very simple memoisation decorator that's built directly into a dict object. It has the advantage of memoising over any equivalent set of formal arguments.­ I'm the author, so it's probably a bad idea by default.

      4 · July 23

  • Richard M.

    just gave up my seat! can't make it.

    July 23

  • Eric F.

    Something's come up for me, so I can't make it. Have fun, people!

    July 23

  • Howard P.

    What Elizabeth said (except I'll see you in August).

    July 23

  • Elizabeth W.

    I'm extra sorry I have to miss this one! See you in October.

    July 23

  • Mauro D.


    July 23

  • James P.

    Just posted our tentative speaker list!

    July 21

  • Ahmed H.

    First comment.

    1 · July 18

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