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The Austin Python Meetup Monthly Meetup

We have an exciting October meetup planned!

To kick things off, Tabish Chasmawala will present his work on the Open Thermostat project, which uses Python for the control logic and AI system of an energy-efficient, practical, scalable home thermostat. The scope of the project is that the thermostat both effectively learns from you while managing your comfort level and mastering your schedule. If you looked at one of those fancy Nest controllers and wished it were built with Python, you should come check out Tabish's project.

Bill Bergmann will then lead an "audience participation" session to poll different problem domains, and then get quick audience votes on approach to dealing with those problems.  This should be very helpful for intermediate users who have some familiarity with Python, but want to know what packages or IDE tools or testing utils are popular, and some pros and cons of each.  This should be fun and I can see this becoming a regular thing we do every few meetups.

Finally, Danny Mulligan returns with another installment of his ever-popular "And Now For Something Completely Different" series.  This time, he will be discussing the topic of Negotiation.  Intrigued?  So am I...

So come join us this Wednesday night at 7pm for our final meetup at the Texas Tribune! (Starting in November, we will be meeting at the Capital Factory in the Omni Hotel downtown.)  Afterwards, we'll head down to a nearby bar to continue the discussions and resolve any lingering Emacs/Vim "discussions" stemming from Bill's session.

See you tomorrow!



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  • Lisa N.

    I had a great time talking with all of you last night. Thanks again for the invitation and the warm welcome. I'll look forward to the next one! Should anyone have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at [masked].

    October 11, 2012

    • dannymulligan

      Woops, I included the Charles Ferguson book and then never talked about it. And yes, unfortunately it is out of print. But I think it was the best business 'what happened' book that I've ever read. It's written by the founder of a company called Vermeer about his negotiations and interactions with Microsoft, Netscape, and others back in the mid-late 1990's. The company was eventually acquired by Microsoft and their product became Microsoft FrontPage. The author describes all the maneuvering, chess, and poker games involved in the process. For me, this was riveting stuff. :-)

      October 11, 2012

    • Lisa N.

      Amazon and eBay both had it.

      October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was very impressed and inspired by the high school students (!) who presented their work on Open Thermostat. The "shout out solutions to the problem domain" exercise was fun, but dragged on too long and quickly turned into a developer obscure knowledge competition. Finally, the Negotiation presentation was fantastic, and by itself made the meeting worth attending.

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my favorite MeetUP in Austin. A great group.

    October 11, 2012

  • Orlando V.

    Interesting topics, and a good change of pace between the 3 presentations

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great content. Look forward to more.

    October 10, 2012

  • Fred H

    Great presentations on the Open Thermostat and Negotiations with the perspectives of the recruiter. The discussion was very lively.

    October 10, 2012

  • Jason N.

    Liked the session on brainstorming about Python stuff, would love to see it continue with more focus. Absolutely loved the session on negotiating and seeing high-school student learning machine learning algoithms.

    October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish we'd gotten to modules -- next time! Shout out to boto and beautiful soup!

    October 10, 2012

  • Peter W.

    Hey everyone, PLEASE make sure your RSVPs are accurate. If you *know* you can't make it, then please update your RSVP response so that I have an accurate headcount for pizza. I don't want to overspend our sponsor dollars and end up with a ton of extra pizza. (Worse, that's less budget that we have for beer for folks who actually do show up!)

    So please please keep your RSVP response up-to-date!

    October 10, 2012

  • Gregory J.

    Bill's meeting agenda looks great. I come from a .NET background and this is exactly the kind of discussion I've been looking for.

    October 3, 2012

  • Bill B

    For part of the meeting on 10/10 I plan to lead an interactive highly unscientific survey of the nooks and crannies of how we get things done in python.
    Here is the process:
    The audience will shout out problem domains (for example: persistence, IDEs, web application servers, packaging, other languages you use/should know, etc)

    We will call out solutions and write them down ( for example: in persistence, files, mongodb, shelf, json, xml, sql)

    We will take a show of hands to roughly arrange what people like the most.

    We will record all this and post it so we can all use what we discover.

    Then we will repeat the process for a different area.

    There will be two rules:
    1) No debates, even if people disagree strongly we will name things and move on.
    2.)Bring your enthusiasm and make our meeting interesting.

    I have made a list of problem domains. You can shout a domain you want to know about, or post it here in advance.

    October 3, 2012

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