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Python Time: SQLAlchemy, GeoAlchemy2, Janky Code, Cassandra ORMs and MPI4Py

Fellow Pythonistas,

PyCon 2014 in Montreal is over but whitespace is still strong with us. To appease the desire for more wonderful things we can do with Python we are scheduling this meetup. And we bring a little of PyCon 2014 into it.

We got food, soft drinks, beer and wine:

The most important part of meetup will be served. Delicious tacos and other good mexican goodies, assortment of drinks, beer and wine.

Can not make it in person, We are on Google Hangout Link (up to 8 people):

We got Talks:

"Code Jankyness" by Eric Rasmussen.
The talk will focus on what not to do in code and Python specifically. This talk has been presented before with huge success and is of the Gary Bernhardt "Wat" variety :)

"Building the App" by Mike Bayer (creator of SQLAlchemy)
This is a talk recorded live during PyCon 2014. In this talk we'll illustrate a simple web application using SQLAlchemy, showing off the style of development that SQLAlchemy is most geared towards, the so-called ""foundational"" style which provides for development and maintainance of custom conventions which then service the needs of the model declarations and use case implementations. After the talk Michael R and others who use SQLAlchemy will attempt to answer all and any questions about SQLALchemy

"GeoAlchemy2: Looking for Waldo the right way and more ..." by Nik Ridder
This talk will show you how do you use Postgres's PostGIS geospacial extensions using SQLAlchemy extension GeoAlchemy2". If you ever need to deal with maps this is definately the way to go.

"Hipster Supercomputing with MPI4Py" by Dave Shepard
Everyone talks about big data like it’s a new thing. You've probably heard some of the buzzwords, like Hadoop, Akka, Mahout, etc. You can crunch some massive data sets with those tools, but what do you do when they aren't enough? One answer is MPI. MPI is hipster supercomputing—it was used for big data before big data was cool. As Pythonists, we’re lucky to have an easily-accessible gateway to MPI. This talk will cover the basics of writing big systems for data processing with the MPI4Py library. We’ll explore problems that fit MPI better than Hadoop, and how MPI frees us from having to turn our code into map-reduce jobs.

"Python, Cassandra, & cqlengine" by Blake Eggleston

cqlengine is a Cassandra CQL 3 Object Mapper for Python that makes interacting with Cassandra much eachies. Blake will go do an intro to Cassandra, describe how you can interact with it with cqlengine, and potentially talk about some of the cqlengine internals.

Lightning Talks:


Where is the meetup? And when does it start?

The meetup is hosted in Santa Monica at at 7:30pm, so you have more time to get there after work.

701 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401 (google map)
Suite 310 (3rd Floor)

What about parking?

After 6 PM there is a bit of parking around on the street. The Santa Monica Library also offers pretty cheap rates.

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  • Kyle T.

    Thanks to everyone that presented at the meetup - very informative and thorough. Thanks to for the meetup, food and drinks. Also where can i get the slides from the talks?

    June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Michael and all the presenters at this meetup. For me it was a great view into the world of Python. Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • Francis Nikolaus R.

    Here are my slides from last night:

    June 4, 2014

  • Matti S

    Thanks! Next time I will have to find some more oddly fun things to put down.

    Please do RSVP to the Big Data Camp LA Sat 6/14/2014 if you would like to join us. Details on a previous post.

    June 3, 2014

    • Jordan S.

      Matti , attend the big data camp with a lampshade on your head, then you will have a fun fact for next month's meetup.

      1 · June 4, 2014

    • Matti S

      I'll break out the lamp shade at the end of the camp when we break for drinks ;)

      June 4, 2014

  • Matt C.

    I'm not a recruiter... :'(

    2 · June 4, 2014

  • Jordan S.

    Thanks Michael, the crew, and the presenters for a great meetup. If you haven't had your fill of python chatter this week, Steve R. will be talking about his autonomous vehicle project at UUASC this Thursday and he says it s run by a lot of python scripts.

    Details at .

    2 · June 4, 2014

  • Jordan S.

    A bunch of great presentations, and good between preso chatter.

    June 4, 2014

  • Josiah C.

    I would have loved to catch this, but my schedule says no.

    It would have been awesome if this was split up over multiple nights, but I am biased and wanted to see all of these.

    June 2, 2014

  • Matti S

    I wanted to invite anyone interested to join us at the Big Data Camp LA on Saturday June 14th 2014 at DirectTV. We're getting sponsors so the even will be FREE for attendees. Please RSVP early if you would like to join us. ( We have to provide DirectTV attendees before the event, so there will be no onsite registration. ) Free feel to ask me questions at the meetup. Thanks!

    1 · May 29, 2014

  • Michael R

    Folks, ... still seeing people confused. Meetup is on the 3rd.

    May 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am an intermediate developer in and want to switch to to python/django. Can anybody share what can I do to get over this question, You don't have paid python/django experience and we are looking for someone who can to hit the ground running.

    I want to work with open source language and build solutions for cloud environment. But lack of experience is a big hump.

    I would really appreciate the advice on how to have a fulfilling career.


    May 27, 2014

    • Michael R

      When you are the meetup, talk to me

      May 27, 2014

  • John M.

    I gave the talk at last week's LA Django meetup, "Functional Programming and Django QuerySets". I'm happy to adapt it for this group if there's interest.

    more info:

    1 · May 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd encourage anyone interested in Django to attend John's talk if he gives it for this group. You won't be sorry.

      2 · May 23, 2014

    • Michael R

      I'll ping ya for the next meetup

      1 · May 26, 2014

  • Rand T.

    Like a lot of people, we're using Django. Next month can we have a Django talk?

    May 23, 2014

    • Michael R

      What Esther said. There is no particular reason we do not have a Django talk, we just need someone to submit a good one.

      May 23, 2014

  • Esther

    If nobody offers to give a Django talk, there won't be any =( There is a Django-specific group in LA too, though:

    2 · May 23, 2014

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