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Helper Languages

Python is great, but you often need help to get the full job done.  Tonight, with sponsorship from Red Hat and Rue La La, we cover three helper languages that make great additions to your toolbox.  These talks are all beginner-friendly, don't be scared!

SQL, David Baumgold

SQL is the query language underlying all relational databases.  Many Python frameworks let you avoid the details of SQL, but understanding how it works gives you greater power, even if you are using a framework.

CSS+HTML, Frances Botsford and Brian Talbot

HTML is simple and easy to get started with, but as your pages get more complex, it's easy for things to get out of hand.  Separating the form from the appearance with CSS gives you more control and more power.

Regexes, Jessica McKellar

Matching patterns in text is a common job, from data import to routing URLs.  Regular Expressions (regexes) give you a succinct way to express patterns, but they can seem mystifying at first.  They aren't as tricky as they look, and you'll find uses for them in lots of places.

Thanks to Red Hat for sponsoring the pizza, and to Rue La La for buying drinks at Meadhall afterwards.  The talks will be recorded and livestreamed at thanks to Custom Made.

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  • Stephen M.

    David gave a good solid talk on SQL which is a good solid helper.
    Frances and Brian were fun to watch and gave a nice talk on HTML/CSS.
    Jessica gave a lovely regular expression presentation. She has become quite the speaker.
    Thanks much to all, and to the organizers!

    October 30, 2013

  • Hari

    The talks were awesome ..and the video coverage was spectacular as well (" re-watched " some parts )

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This material was very well presented, and was informitive.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks all for a very informative, friendly event!

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • David B.

    Thank you to David, Frances, Brian, and Jessica for their presentations. Good tech information, and a few laughs.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Jessica M.

    Thanks everyone for coming! Slides for my regex talk are at We actually use the Scrabble wordlist and library in the Boston Python Workshop! You can find the full repo for that project at; it includes a simple Scrabble cheater.

    October 29, 2013

    • Doug S.

      I am looking forward to the Sudoku cheater based on numpy: easy, hard, doesn't matter, the app solves the puzzle in under a second based on a photo grab.

      October 30, 2013

  • Langdon W.

    In case anyone is interested, my cryptic comment was about this: :) Let me know if you have any other questions ([masked])

    October 30, 2013

  • Norman M.

    I found the presentation on regular expressions particularly helpful.

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Mali A.

    October 29, 2013

  • Alvin C.

    w00t! This should be fun.

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    are there hands-on activities/bring laptops?

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Samantha S.

    sick :( wish I could make it!

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Slides for my SQL talk are available here:

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Offtopic but interesting:

    A good "one stop" summary.

    October 28, 2013

  • Tariq B.

    Hi Ned, it would be useful to have the slides available online before the presentation for those viewing it remotely via youtube.

    October 23, 2013

  • Margery H.

    Thanks so much for the livestream option.

    October 23, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • FineTune

    Pizza sponsor for Sept 19th presentation night

  • edX

    edX is providing space for the October project night.

  • PluralSight

    PluralSight is sponsoring project night September 7th.

  • Twilio

    Twilio is providing pizza on August 28.

  • DataRobot

    Pizza sponsor for August 8 project night.

  • Kyruus

    Kyruus is sponsoring pizza for the July 18 presentation.

  • Cambridge Innovation Center

    The CIC will host us on July 18, complete with glorious summertime AC .

  • Akamai

    Akamai is hosting and sponsoring the June 22 presentation night.

  • IBM Resilient

    Sponsor of the June 5 project night.

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    Sponsor and host of the May 9th presentation night

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