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Thu, Mar 13 2014 at 07:00 PM at Deloitte

Starting Over From Scratch
By: Malcolm Newsome

Often developers get too attached to the code that they write.  So much so that we dread losing it.  But, what happens when you intentionally delete code and rewrite it?  You might be surprised at the result.
R for Python Programmers
By: John Blischak

How to teach programming to novices
By: John Blischak

Simple Websockets in Flask
By: Daniel Hodges

Using flask, websockets, and redis to make a simple multi-user drawing surface in D3.
59 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.


Thu, Feb 13 2014 at 07:00 PM at Bank of America Building (Field Building)

Curiosity.com
By: Christopher Coté

I am Director of Engineering for Discovery Communications Emerging Business and Strategy team. We just relaunched Curiosity.com. We use Python all over the place along with MongoDB/Redis/ElasticSearch The site lives within AWS utilizing several of their services. Including EC2, ELB, Route53, Cloudwatch, S3 I would like to discuss our overall architecture and our use/love of Python. And answer any questions on architecture/scalability/process/code.
119 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.


Thu, Jan 09 2014 at 07:00 PM at Dev Bootcamp

There were 986 roadway fatalities in Illinois in 2013. Where's the data?
By: Nick Bennett

Seen on garish LED roadway signs all around Chicago on New Year's Eve, 2013: 986 TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2013. It leads to many questions: On what roads? When did the accidents happen? What do we do now? I'm scared to drive. I will talk about purging my fears by finding the data to answer some of those questions. http://tothebeat.github.io/fatal-car-crashes/ This talk will involve PythonAnywhere, IPython, a module that's not even on PyPi (dbfpy), searching for and finding open government data, CartoDB, Google Fusion Tables, csv, and maybe Pandas. Rest assured, there will be no graphic photos.
Garbage Collection w/ Ref. Cycles
By: Aaron Brady
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Reference counting is very useful but it has an odd problem. We employ a technique from graphs to approach it. The solution works but it's a bit slow.
Lexical Graphs with Natural Language Processing using NLTK
By: Brian Ray

Brian will talk about his experiences using Python and NLTK http://nltk.org/ to run language comparisons to generate lexical difference graphs like the one mentioned in the "Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe" article. http://bit.ly/1cS46Ba The focus will be on the NLTK and how its internals work to process a language. This talk will be his best one ever.
80 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.


Thu, Dec 12 2013 at 07:00 PM at Braintree(old)

Storm (with python (and a side of clojure))
By: Philip Doctor

A walking tour of Storm, what it is, what you can do, and how you can use it with python.
The Chicago Process: How Braintree Develops Software
By: Adam Forsyth

Braintree needs to be highly available and secure, while still maintaining a rapid development pace and strict backwards compatibility. In order to achieve that, we use what has become known as the "Chicago Process". This involves pairing, strict TDD, a team structure, and weekly iterations, all to empower the devs to make decisions and get work of a high quality done while avoiding siloing.
A Visual Guide To Pandas
By: Jason Wirth

Pandas is the data-munging Swiss Army knife of the Python world. Often you know how your data should look but it's not so obvious how to get there, so I'll present a visual approach to learning the library and data manipulation.
59 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.


Thu, Nov 14 2013 at 07:00 PM at Spartz

PyData Recap Lightning Talk
By: Jason Wirth

Recap of last weeks PyData conference in NYC.
What happened at #aaronswhack?
By: Sheila Miguez
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Many python programmers showed up to participate in the Chicago #aaronswhack. Here's a list of what they worked on, and here are pointers to local projects as well as worldwide projects.
Python heart Open Source Hardware
By: Paul Ebreo

Open Source Hardware is going to change the world. But the hardware is still going to need software to control it. Can Python take the lead and become the de facto language of open source hardware control? Paul Ebreo talks about the three keys to Python's success in open hardware.
Monoids in Python
By: Philip Doctor

Monoids are largely badly explained, but actually quite beautiful. I would like to take a brief tour of what a monoid is and how they can help out with mundane every day tasks in python.
Measure It
By: Peter Fein

measure_it provides timing and counting for iterators (and other code segments). https://measure_it.readthedocs.org/en/latest/
CivicLab and Between the Bars
By: Benjamin Sugar

In this talk, I will present on a slice of the maker movement called "civic making" and a new space that has opened up in Chicago to encourage this type creation, CivicLab. As an example of "civic making" I will discuss Between the Bars, a paper based blogging platform for those who are incarcerated, built in Django. I will also discuss our choice in framework and the pros/cons of our approach.
112 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.