[Python-talk] PySIG (this Thursday, Python 2.6) -- updated plans

Bill Sconce sconce at in-spec-inc.com
Mon Sep 22 10:43:42 EDT 2008


As you've probably seen, our featured speaker's plans have
been preempted by Real Life this month.  No problem, we'll
give him the stage again later...

And this is still PySIG.  And we do get together to talk
about Python.  

Kent suggested that we
>     ...meanwhile check out
>     http://docs.python.org/dev/whatsnew/2.6.html
and that does sound like a good idea.  We can get together and
discuss, round-table, the new goodies coming our way in Python
2.6.

And (perhaps) develop a wishlist of which of those goodies
we'd like Kent to talk to us about in greater depth.  (How
would that sound, Kent?)

We might also have a testimonial from a new Python user.

As well as the usual announcements, arguments over data types,
gotchas, success stories, a report on Software Freedom Day,
and more.

We shall certainly have cookies.  They are a feathery chocolate
concoction, and will go GREAT with milk.  I know these things.
(Thanks to Alex for offering to bring the milk!)

Review your "../whatsnew/2.6.html", bring questions, and I'll
see you all on Thursday!


personally_I'd_like_to_learn_more_about_sphinx'ly yrs,
Bill



PySIG                    Manchester, NH                25 September 2008
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               Think About the Future -- Python 2.6
                     Roundtable Discussion
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____________________________________________________________________
PySIG -- New Hampshire Python Special Interest Group
Amoskeag Business Incubator, Manchester, NH
25 September 2008 (4th Thursday)   7:00PM     (Beginner's Q&A at 6:30PM)

The monthly meeting of PySIG, the NH Python Special Interest Group,
takes place on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting at 7:00 PM.

A beginners' session precedes, at 6:30 PM.  (Bring a Python question!)
Favorite-gotcha contest, Software Freedom Day, and more this month.

____________________________________________________________________
                         Python 2.6
                   Roundtable Discussion
                   
"The major theme of Python 2.6 is preparing the migration path to 
Python 3.0, a major redesign of the language. Whenever possible, 
Python 2.6 incorporates new features and syntax from 3.0 while
remaining compatible with existing code by not removing older 
features or syntax. When it's not possible to do that, Python 2.6
tries to do what it can, adding compatibility functions in a 
future_builtins module and a -3 switch to warn about usages that
will become unsupported in 3.0."
    http://docs.python.org/dev/whatsnew/2.6.html
   

Plus:
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o Our usual roundtable of introductions, happenings, announcements

o Data Types
    - (Running PySIG joke  :)

o Gotcha contest
    - Got a favorite "gotcha"?  Bring it and share...

And of course, milk, & cookies from Janet's kitchen.
  This month: "Chocolate Dreams"
  
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6:30   Beginners' Q&A
7:00   Welcome, Announcements - Bill & Ted & Alex
7:10   Cookies & Milk - Janet & Alex
7:20   Favorite-gotcha contest
7:25   Impromptu lightning talk(s) - anyone

7:40   Python 2.6 -- Roundtable

8:45   Open discussion; plans for next time
9:00~  Adjourn

___________________________________________________________________
About PySIG:
    PySIG meetings are typically 10-20 people, around a large table
    equipped with a projector and Internet hookups (wired and
    wireless).  We encourage laptops and a hands-on seminar style.
    The main meeting starts at 7 PM; officially we finish circa 9 PM.  
    Everyone is welcome.  ("Membership" is anyone who has an interest
    in the Python progamming language, whether on Microsoft systems
    or Linux or OS X; or cell phones, mainframes, or space stations.
    We have everyone  from object-oriented gurus to recovering COBOL
    programmers.)  Tell your friends!
    
Beginners' session:
    The half hour before the formal meeting (i.e., starting at 6:30PM)
    we have a beginners' session.  Any Python question is welcome -- 
    whoever asks the first question gets the half hour!  Questions are
    equally welcome by mail beforehand (in which case we can announce
    them) or at the meeting.  (As are all Python questions, anytime.)

Mailing list:
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About Python:
    "Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that
    can be used for many kinds of software development. It offers 
    strong support for integration with other languages and tools, 
    comes with extensive standard libraries, and can be learned
    in a few days.  Many Python programmers report substantial 
    productivity gains and feel the language encourages the 
    development of higher quality, more maintainable code."

    "NASA uses Python...so does Rackspace, Industrial Light&Magic,
    AstraZeneca, Honeywell, and many others."

    Google: "Python has been an important part of Google since the
    beginning, and remains so as the system grows and evolves." 
    -Peter Norvig
    
    http://www.python.org

About Amoskeag Business Incubator:
    Our gracious hosts are the Amoskeag Business Incubator, an
    organization providing a supportive entrepreneurial environment
    that stimulates the growth of businesses to ensure economic
    vitality and encourage job creation, by providing affordable
    office space and technical assistance to early stage companies.
    PySIG thanks the ABI for their generous hospitality.
    
    http://www.abi-nh.com

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Directions (thanks to Ted Roche for improvements to "from the north"):
    PySIG NH meetings are held at the Amoskeag Business Incubator,
    33 South Commercial Street, Manchester, NH.

    Coming in to Manchester using I-293, from the north:
        o Use Exit 6 from I-293.  Stay to the right on the ramp,
          yield twice to traffic incoming from the left, cross back
          over I-293 and accept one merge coming in from your right.
          
        o Then get in the right lane, and stay there, over the river,
          and onto the Canal Street exit ramp.
          
        o Take the first right off Canal Street onto North Commercial
          Street.  Enjoy the scenic mill buildings as the street turns
          into Commercial Street.
          
        o Coming to the traffic light get in the middle lane.  South
          Commercial Street starts on the other side of the light.
          You go straight through (and join the folks coming from the
          south at step * below).

    Coming in to Manchester using I-293, from the south:
        o Use the Granite Street exit.  Turn right (east).  Go under
          I-293 and cross the bridge over the Merrimack River.

        o Turn right (south) at the first light after crossing the
          bridge.

        * This is South Commercial Street.  Go past one parking-lot
          entrance, turn right into the second one.  33 Commercial
          Street will be right in front of you.  You may go in via
          either the ramp or the door and three steps inside.

        o Inside.  Up the stairs if via the door.  Go through the
          glass doors - follow the diamonds on the floor.  Go left 
          at the last diamond.   (Under a sign which says 
              "<- Amoskeag Small Bus. Incubator").

        o More diamonds, another sign...  much glass and office
          space for SNHU; turn left there, 4 more diamonds and 
          you're at the glass doors for the Incubator.  An "abi"
          sign is above.

        o Through the doors, straight down the hall.  The ABI
          Conference Room is on the left.

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