The Front Range Pythoneers is an active Python users group in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
We hold a regular monthly meeting every third Wednesday. We are in the process of planning the next BoulderSprint on Jython. Looks like we will be holding these sprints on a regular basis! In the future we may hold a BoulderJam to play with an exciting new technology together.
Lastly, there has been talk of helping pair mentors with aspiring Pythoneers. If you are so aspirationally inclined, please contact us!
You can subscribe to our [http://lists.community.tummy.com/mailman/listinfo/frpythoneers mailing list]. We also have a [http://lists.community.tummy.com/pipermail/frpythoneers/ mail archive].
We just happen to have the friendliest bunch of Python people coming to our meetings. So why not come too?
Date/time: Every 3rd Wednesday, 6-8 PM. Calendars [http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/frpythoneers%40gmail.com/public/basic XML] [http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/frpythoneers%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics ICAL] [http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=frpythoneers%40gmail.com HTML]
Default topic: OpenSpace
- Location: watch this space, our emails, and other announcements, because it's been changing from meeting to meeting recently. The next location is at Churchill Navigation's spiffy new office, see just below.
Meeting: January 17, 2007
Location: [http://www.churchillnavigation.com Churchill Navigation], 100 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 10, all the way at the end, in Boulder, Colorado. [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=100+Arapahoe+Ave,+Suite+10+Boulder+CO+80302&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=40.012792,-105.297904&spn=0.017289,0.05064&om=1&iwloc=addr Google Maps link]. There is abundant parking.
Topics and people attending include the following:
BoulderSprint. We had a great JythonSprint, focusing on design. Momentum is really building, Jython might actually get the love that Charles Oliver Nutter of JRuby proposed. More interestingly, there's a chance for people in the dynamic language community to work together on JVM implementations.
Tom Churchill and Vinny Fiano will demo Churchill Navigation's earth-rendering engine (which looks like Google Earth, only apparently even better and faster ). Vinny (their main Python guy) will explain how they built the glue logic (and why they decided against SWIG) and perhaps some of the implications of using Python as a scripting language in a real-time (60 fps) environment, and the techniques we employed to keep the graphics pipeline from stalling when making an expensive call into their engine from Python.
Brian Granger from [http://txcorp.com/ Tech-X] will help us think more deeply about concurrent Python programming, especially as seen in a new version of [http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/IPython1 IPython].
Meeting: December 20, 2006
Canceled! We were going to plan the JythonSprint and see some demos. But a blizzard intervened. Fortunately, we should be able to do all of that instead in January.
Meeting: November 15, 2006
This was a fun meeting! Even if Jill's has increasingly been high decibel. But we really can't complain about the success of our venue.
Steve Rogers showed up for his first meeting with us. He credits seeing the [http://zyasoft.com/pythoneering/ Pythoneering blog], now that it's included in the [http://www.pythonware.com/daily/index.htm Daily Python-URL]. It's good to have the visibility. With Steve around and fresh from [http://sc06.supercomputing.org/ Supercomputing 2006], we talked a lot about parallel computing paradigms in Python, among other things.
Meeting: October 18, 2006
Discussed possible proposals for PyCon2007. The basic consensus was that it was a great idea that for PyCon "we're especially interested in presentations that will teach conference-goers something new and useful." In particular, we all would like to see talks with more useful takeaway code, not just talks saying, hey we are doing great things with Python. Trust us .
BoulderJam, an opportunity to try out interesting technologies together.
Guide to Front Range Pythoneering
Jeffrey Whittaker, contributed this [http://www.scipy.org/Wiki/Cookbook/Matplotlib/Maps plot] to matplotlib for geospatial projections of data.
Yeong-Shang Log, [http://casa.colorado.edu/ CASA], is exploring space with the [http://www.stsci.edu/hst/ Hubble Space Telescope] in [http://www.stsci.edu/resources/software_hardware/pyraf/stsci_python Python].
[http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~martin/ Jim Martin], [http://www.colorado.edu CU Boulder], teaches [http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~martin/csci5582.html Intro to AI] and [http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~martin/csci5832.html Natural Language Processing] in Python. The NLP class uses the [http://nltk.sourceforge.net/ NL toolkit].
[http://www.softwaresummit.com/2005/speakers/smith_mitchell.htm Mitchell Smith] led the adoption of Python at [http://www.arraybiopharma.com/ Array Biopharma].
[http://uche.ogbuji.net/ Uche Ogbuji] keeps us honest about XML.
[http://www.jim-baker.com Jim Baker], [http://www.zyasoft.com Zyasoft] maintains the [http://zyasoft.com/pythoneering/ FR Pythoneering blog]. He also likes iterators. A [http://www.tummy.com/journals/entries/jafo_20060817_003823 lot]. Jim also co-founded [http://www.bizlogix.net Bizlogix].
[http://www.tummy.com/journals/users/jafo Sean Reifschneidner], [http://www.tummy.com tummy.com, ltd.], maintains many projects, including the [http://www.tummy.com/Community/software/python-memcached/ Python client] to the ever-useful [http://www.danga.com/memcached/ memcached].
[http://www.churchillnavigation.com Churchill Navigation] in Boulder builds high-end navigation systems with a high-level Python interface.
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