I attended my first DFW Python meetup on . It was held at Improving Enterprises and there were about 24 people present. Chris Nelson and John Zurawski are co-coordinators of the DFW Pythoneers Meetup group. They host main monthly meetings (2nd Saturday?), project nights (3 or 4th Thursday?), and a social meeting.
Beginner Python led by Ed Kozlowski
First hour was for begginers and Ed Went through some Python topics, answered questions. He showed a demo using virtualenv and pip to create environments and talked about anaconda install of python, and the ipython-notebook and console. https://github.com/ekozlowski/Python_Beginners for some resources for beginners
PyData Conference in Dallas
Beth Lahahie (firstname.lastname@example.org) delivered a short message. PyData Dallas conference is being organized for April 24-26th, and previous PyData conferences have been in New York, San Francisco, etc. PyData link for the organization
General Intro from Chris Nelson
Improving Enterprises, O’Reilly, PyCharm are sponsors. PyCharm has given a commercial license, and it along with a couple books will be given away later.
John went over a lot of cool information (see http://pastebin.com/EdGt5Jkp for a list). I found the 10 Myths of Enterprise Python to be very interesting, including a couple key points I noted. - PayPal has been using Python for 15 years - BofA has 5000 Python developers
Also, see https://github.com/s16h/py-must-watch for a curated list of good Python videos.
Chris Nelson on Data Structures
Chris led an informal discussion of data structures, using IPython console.
He talked about the
dict types, and touched on the idea of mutability.
Marcel got up and showed an IPython notebook with some data analysis of NBA salaries, including list comprehensions
Several times the
Collections library came up in various contexts, particularly for
Counter (supports convenient and rapid tallies) and
namedtuple (“assign meaning to each position in a tuple and allow for more readable, self-documenting code”).
He closed the session with a challenge to use the Moby Words thesaurus to do something interesting with Python and present to the group.