• Boston Python Project Night

    Datadog Boston Office

    Pizza sponsored by DataDog (http://datadoghq.com) Bring a laptop. Bring ideas. Bring questions. Bring enthusiasm. Bring friends. The Boston Python Project Night is a time to find others with compatible interests. Code, hack, teach, learn, meet, laugh, talk: anything goes at Project Night. You don't need to have a project, and you don't have to show anything to anyone! This is an opportunity to work together with like-minded people. There's no presentation, just people working on whatever they want to work on. That's it! All skill levels are welcome. There will be at least two tables of beginning learners, and helpers for them. Other table-topics in the past have been Django, Data, Web Scraping, Hardware, Puzzles, Science, Art. Maybe you have another idea? Bring it!

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  • Beginner Python Class - Build a Guessing Game

    CIC Cambridge

    Coding Temple is giving an Introduction to Python class tonight. This class is aimed at absolute beginners. Regular attendees: please don't take a space if you don't need to learn these skills, thanks! In this workshop, you will learn about the basics of Python programming. Connor Milliken teaches Python and Data Science at Coding Temple in Boston. He designed this class for beginners who have little to no experience in programming but are interested in getting started with Python in a short span of one free evening class. In order to accommodate complete beginners, we will start at Hello World, then learn what data types, variables, inputs, lists, and loops are and how to create them. Then you will take everything you learned in this class and build a simple guessing game at the end. Seating will be theatre-style, so make sure you bring a laptop that you are comfortable with using on your lap. You must have the following installed in order to begin coding at this event. Please install before the evening begins: • Python 3.5.x (or higher) https://www.python.org/downloads/ (Python 2.7.x will not be sufficient) • PyCharm (https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/) We'll gather at 6:30 for pizza and mingling, and then get started in earnest at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Boston Python March Project Night

    Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)

    Pizza sponsored by BitSight (https://www.bitsight.com/) Bring a laptop. Bring ideas. Bring questions. Bring enthusiasm. Bring friends. The Boston Python Project Night is a time to find others with compatible interests. Code, hack, teach, learn, meet, laugh, talk: anything goes at Project Night. You don't need to have a project, and you don't have to show anything to anyone! This is an opportunity to work together with like-minded people. There's no presentation, just people working on whatever they want to work on. That's it! All skill levels are welcome. There will be at least two tables of beginning learners, and helpers for them. Other table-topics in the past have been Django, Data, Web Scraping, Hardware, Puzzle, Science, Art. Maybe you have another idea? Bring it!

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  • February Presentation Night

    Rue Gilt Groupe

    Presentation Night hosted and sponsored by Rue Gilt Groupe John Nelson, WiFi Passive Radar WiFi passive radar uses passive sensing of WiFi signals reflected from objects or persons in the immediate vicinity to learn about the immediate environment. We will describe how we built such a radar using Python-based technology. Python provides many packages to allow sensor based calculations to be put together quickly and efficiently. We used numpy, scipy, and scikit-learn to develop algorithms using supervised learning. The talk will provide a flavor of what can be done using Python in this exciting area of IoT development. Matt Fowler, Using C/C++ Extensions in Python Runtime performance of machine learning algorithms in Python can pose certain challenges. In this talk we'll examine a numerical algorithm that has performance issues and see how we can utilize C++ extensions in Python to improve our algorithm's performance. Rue Gilt Groupe is the premier off-price e-commerce portfolio company, connecting more than 30 million members with coveted designers at an exceptional value. Two complementary brands, Rue La La and Gilt, utilize world-class merchandising, technology and marketing to strategically support our brand partners and inspire members daily. Our approach to retail brings excitement to online shopping and the best-in-class experience that today's customers demand.

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  • Boston Python Project Night

    Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)

    Pizza sponsored by Quantopian (https://www.quantopian.com) Bring a laptop. Bring ideas. Bring questions. Bring enthusiasm. Bring friends. The Boston Python Project Night is a time to find others with compatible interests. Code, hack, teach, learn, meet, laugh, talk: anything goes at Project Night. You don't need to have a project, and you don't have to show anything to anyone! This is an opportunity to work together with like-minded people. There's no presentation, just people working on whatever they want to work on. That's it! All skill levels are welcome. There will be at least two tables of beginning learners, and helpers for them. Other table-topics in the past have been Django, Data, Web Scraping, Hardware, Puzzle, Science, Art. Maybe you have another idea? Bring it!

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  • Boston Python January Presentation Night

    Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)

    A handful of talks, sponsored by DataRobot (https://www.datarobot.com/)! Yuan Cao, Accumulator Generator in Python I explore functional programming solutions in Python to Paul Graham's challenge: "Write a function foo that takes a number n and returns a function that takes a number i, and returns n incremented by i." Paul Ganssle, Recurrence rules in dateutil Expressing recurring events is complicated - "the third Monday in January", "15 past the hour between 9 and 5", "the end of the month", but RFC 5545 is here to provide you with a standard way to do so! This talk will cover a few of the ways you can express recurring events using RFC 5545 and specifically dateutil's rrule module. Zags Zagorsky, Passing by Reference in Python: Avoiding Bizarre Bugs About once a year, I stare at a piece of Python code doing something that makes absolutely no sense; the code runs fine, but the output is totally wrong. Every time, this is a passing by reference bug. In this talk, we'll go through what passing by reference is (all the way down to it's underpinnings in C), how to use it well, and common pitfalls to avoid in Python.

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  • January Project Night

    Catalant Technologies

    Food and space provided by Catalant (https://gocatalant.com) Bring a laptop. Bring ideas. Bring questions. Bring enthusiasm. Bring friends. The Boston Python Project Night is a time to find others with compatible interests. Code, hack, teach, learn, meet, laugh, talk: anything goes at Project Night. You don't need to have a project, and you don't have to show anything to anyone! This is an opportunity to work together with like-minded people. There's no presentation, just people working on whatever they want to work on. That's it! All skill levels are welcome. There will be at least two tables of beginning learners, and helpers for them. Other table-topics in the past have been Django, Data, Web Scraping, Hardware, Puzzle, Science, Art. Maybe you have another idea? Bring it!

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  • December Presentation Night: Advent of Code

    Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)

    Advent of Code is an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like: http://adventofcode.com. This is its fourth year. Give it a try, the puzzles have a fun Santa theme, and are clever challenges. Ned Batchelder will walk through a particular day's puzzle (12/14/2016) with an eye toward explaining the Python features that you can use for your own projects. If you have a puzzle that you especially liked, get in touch! We'll also have some giveaways. Join us for a relaxed end-of-year gathering!

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  • December Project Night

    Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)

    Pizza sponsored by Catalant (https://gocatalant.com) Bring a laptop. Bring ideas. Bring questions. Bring enthusiasm. Bring friends. The Boston Python Project Night is a time to find others with compatible interests. Code, hack, teach, learn, meet, laugh, talk: anything goes at Project Night. You don't need to have a project, and you don't have to show anything to anyone! This is an opportunity to work together with like-minded people. There's no presentation, just people working on whatever they want to work on. That's it! All skill levels are welcome. There will be at least two tables of beginning learners, and helpers for them. Other table-topics in the past have been Django, Data, Web Scraping, Hardware, Puzzle, Science, Art. Maybe you have another idea? Bring it!

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  • November Presentation Night

    Formlabs

    Hosted at Formlabs (https://formlabs.com), who are also sponsoring pizza. Sarah Bennedsen, Sensors Prototyping sensing system behaviors and algorithms, and interfacing with sensing and measurement devices using Python. Emin Martinian, Statistical Profiling Profiling is measuring how often and how long various parts of your program are executed. Profiling is useful to understand what makes your program slow and how you can improve it. After a quick review of deterministic profiling tools and techniques, I will describe how you can do statistical profiling with existing packages or write your own from scratch. Statistical profilers occasionally sample what your program is doing instead of watching each line or function. By using a moderate sampling frequency, you can profile your production code with almost no overhead. This lets you find the actual bottlenecks in real use cases. The core technical focus of the talk is Python's sys module and how it lets you easily examine a running program. I also describe some tricks to be aware of related to threading, context switches, locks, and so on. At the conclusion of the talk, you will hopefully understand how to use an existing statistical profiler or write a customized version yourself.

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