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2 talks featuring Alex Gaynor and Benjamin Peterson

  • Jul 9, 2014 · 6:15 PM

Join on us July 9th's presentation night.  It will feature 2 talks: 

1) The death of MVC by Alex Gaynor 

The last decade of web development has been dominated by self-styled “MVC” frameworks. MVC is a term that dates back to Smalltalk and GUIs. This talk will explore what MVC actually means in the context of modern web apps, and what building websites without “MVC” would look like.

Alex Gaynor is a software engineer at Rackspace and hacks on Django, PyPy, CPython, and Topaz. 

2) Anti-Patterns in Python by Benjamin Peterson

Poor discipline and design can make even small codebases hard to maintain. Large codebases magnify these problems as well as introducing unique challenges of their own. What bad patterns tend to emerge from growing codebases? Is there any hope of avoiding these anti-patterns and having beautiful if large codebases? 

Benjamin Peterson is a core developer of CPython and PyPy and works at Dropbox's infrastructure.

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6:15p - Check-in and mingle, with Pizza and Beer provided by our generous sponsor Yelp!

7:00p - Welcome and announcements

7:05p -  Talk 1

7:35p - Q & A

7:45p - Lightning talks / announcements

8:10p - Talk 2

8:40p  - Q & A, followed by advanced mingling

9:30p - Doors close

Lightning talks:

Sumeet Jain -- A look into yield from

Beyang Liu -- Sourcegraph: code search for Python

Please take note of the important check-in details at Yelp

1. Doors open at 6:15pm to allow enough time for the check-in process. Before 6:15pm, please wait outside without blocking the building entrance. Wait list will be admitted beginning at 6:45pm. Doors close at 7:30pm.

2. Please update the name on your account to reflect your FIRST NAME and LAST NAME. Hy will be greeting downstairs and Yelp Security will be checking IDs upstairs. If your name on is not the name on your ID, then please enter your full name here.

3. Since alcohol will be served at the event, we ask that any underage attendees RSVP directly to the meet up host.

4. Waiting list folks will be allowed into the event AFTER we admit all confirmed attendees.

Yelp is generously providing pizza, drinks, and beer in addition to their venue space.

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  • Simeon F.

    And Benjamin Peterson's talk is up

    July 29, 2014

  • Simeon F. - Alex Gaynor's talk "The Death of MVC"

    July 29, 2014

  • Paul K.

    Hi all - a bunch of people asked me to post a link to our python api product. here it is let me know if you ever need help making a python api:

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Simeon F.

    Sumeet's lightning talk on yield from -

    July 29, 2014

  • Simeon F.

    Beyang's Lightning Talk on Sourcegraph is up -

    July 29, 2014

  • wesley c.

    Many thanks to Yelp for hosting, SF Python Meetup organizers Grace, Hy, and Simeon for what appeared to be flawless logistics management, Alex for making us think, and Benjamin for making us laugh and cry, nearly at the same time! :-)

    July 10, 2014

  • Simeon F.

    Good talks and lightning talks. Thanks to all our speakers!

    July 10, 2014

  • T. Caroline K.

    Please thank Yelp for the fantastic meetup space and gracious hospitality SF style!

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • wesley c.

    Hey all, as mentioned last night for those interested in my upcoming Python course, I'm happy to extend a $200 discount to SF Python members. Use coupon code SFPY120 at checkout. More info & registration at -- click the "training" link in lower right corner. Also see the ad at

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Beyang L.

    It was great to meet everyone last night, and fantastic talks, too! Would love to hear anyone's feedback/criticism on Sourcegraph. Also, if anyone's interested, we're hosting a meetup at our office Wednesday next week (

    Thanks again to Grace, Hy, and Simeon for organizing, and to Yelp for hosting in their awesome office!

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Beyang L.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone! Here's the link to the code search tool I'm going to share during the lightning talks. Would love to hear feedback!

    July 9, 2014

  • Ahmer K.

    Bummer. Unable to make it tonight. Hope to catch the video recordings.

    July 8, 2014

    • Hy C.

      We expect to have room for everyone on the waiting list. If you're on the waiting list, please arrive around 6:45pm.

      1 · July 9, 2014

    • Ahmer K.

      Thanks. Will do.

      July 9, 2014

  • coban T.

    I changed my status to "No" , I can't make it for this meet-up so that someone else can take the spot

    July 8, 2014

  • Juan H.

    I just realized I won't be able to make it. I changed my RSVP, so I hope some lucky waitlisted member gets my spot.

    July 8, 2014

  • Christopher N.

    I can't make it in "real life", but will there be a webcast or a video archive?

    July 3, 2014

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