1. DesertPy Conda Environment Update - desertpy-2017-v1

    For those who want to follow along with my upcoming pyglet presentation you can install my updated desertpy conda environment on macOS with the following commands:

    conda env create godber/desertpy-2017-v1
    source activate desertpy-2017-v1
    

    There may be additional updates to the environment, but I will increment the version counter.

    Update

    Within 6 hours of my creating the desertpy-2017-v1 conda environment the pyglet library did its first release in over two years, go figure. The new version has improved Python 3 support. You can read more in the Pyglet RELEASE_NOTES.txt.

    Of course this means that I had to create a new conda environment with the new version. So, here you go, desertpy-2017-v2 contains v1.3.0 of pyglet:

    conda env create godber/desertpy-2017-v2
    source activate desertpy-2017-v2
    
  2. Summer 2015 Roundup

    Those of you following this DesertPy website might have mistakenly thought the group had gone dormant during the summer, but nothing could be further from the truth! I've merely been a lazy web master. With help from many members, the group hosted a full day Data Science Workshop in May, we've continued typical monthly meetings, and we started holding regular monthly group coding meetings.

    It's also worth noting that DesertPy has recently passed the 500 user milestone on Meetup.

    Thank you all for all your contributions!

  3. March 2015 Meeting - Python Internals and Freezing

    What
    Andy will talk about Python internals and freezing applications.
    When
    Wednesday March 25th, 2015 at 6:30PM
    Where
    Isos Technology - 1130 E University Drive, #101, Tempe, AZ 85281 The Isos offices can be found on the south west side of the western building in the complex. The building has 1130 in giant numbers on it. Look for a sign on the door as we may have to let you in. Enter through the door shown on the image below.
    Isos Tempe Location

    Feel free to RSVP on the meetup site or heck, fork this repo and add yourself to the RSVP list below and send a pull request:

    RSVPs on GitHub - 1 RSVP

  4. February 2015 Meeting - Battle of the Queues

    When
    Wednesday February 25th, 2015 at 6:30PM
    Where
    Gangplank Chandler - 260s Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225 We will be in Gangplank in a room in the back.
    What

    Meet us at Gangplank to learn about using different queueing systems with Python. The line up is not complete yet and we are calling for more presenters, but it might go something like this:

    • RQ (Redis Queue) - Austin
    • NSQ - Trevor
    • Beanstalk - Sarah
    • Celery/RabbitMQ - Jason G.
    • Walk ons accepted!

    Feel free to RSVP on the meetup site or heck, fork this repo and add yourself to the RSVP list below and send a pull request:

    RSVPs on GitHub - 1 RSVP

  5. PyCon Startup Row Pitch Event at Techweek LA

    Don Sheu has asked me to share the following information:

    Copy to circulate, PyCon Startup Row is offering early-stage
    startups using Python an opportunity to pitch before an audience
    at Techweek LA. Techweek produces events in five US cities, with
    the largest events drawing over 8000 attendees.
    
    November 21st, Techweek LA is turning over the Media Temple
    Stage to PyCon Startup Row to feature startups founded by
    members of the Python community.  Audrey Roy Greenfeld author
    of Two Scoops of Django will be present and is promoting the event
    to the SoCal Python community.
    
    Come pitch to meet investors, possible hires, and connect with
    partners and customers. There is no charge.  I have one remaining
    spot. Please email me directly at don@sheu.com or call me at
    312.880.9389. to discuss your Company.
    
    Warmest wishes,
    
    Don Sheu
    Chair
    PyCon Startup Row
    

    This looks like it might be a great opportunity!

  6. November 2014 Meeting - 10 Overlooked Standard Libraries

    When
    Wednesday November 19th, 2014 at 6:30PM
    Where
    Isos Technology - 1130 E University Drive, #101, Tempe, AZ 85281 The Isos offices can be found on the south west side of the western building in the complex. The building has 1130 in giant numbers on it. Look for a sign on the door as we may have to let you in. Enter through the door shown on the image below.
    Isos Tempe Location
    What
    Trevor will share the best kept secrets of the Python Standard Library by talking about modules that are often overlooked but should not be. Also, Ian will delight men, women, and children alike with a lightning talk so tantalizing that I can't even dare to tell you in advance! (Honestly, I have no idea what Ian will talk about, but I have no doubts it will be interesting.)

    Feel free to RSVP on the meetup site or heck, fork this repo and add yourself to the RSVP list below and send a pull request:

    RSVPs on GitHub - 1 RSVP

  7. October 2014 Meeting - PyPy

    When
    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 6:30PM
    Where
    Gangplank Chandler - 260s Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225 We may be in Gangplank or in the HiringSolved space next door. Ask around.
    What

    Tim will lead a brief discussion of PyPy, a Python interpreter implemented in Python, followed by a longer discussion of the RPython toolchain which makes this implementation not only possible, but faster than the standard C-Python interpreter. The discussion of RPython will be illustrated using a simple interpreter implemented in Python, which is then translated to native code using the RPython toolchain.

    Also, there will be Mandelbrot sets.

    Who
    Tim has been using Python since way back at Python 0.9.3. He uses Python primarily to process and display numerical data and is very interested in ways of coaxing as much performance as possible from Python and its various numerical extensions.

    Feel free to RSVP on the meetup site or heck, fork this repo and add yourself to the RSVP list below and send a pull request:

    RSVPs on GitHub - 1 RSVP

  8. September 2014 Meeting Follow Up

    We had another great meeting in September that I didn't have a chance to announce on this website. Dr. Sarah Braden gave an introductory talk on Machine Learning with Python. We had a great turn out which included at least a half dozen new members. Erik shared a relevant link to the scikit-learn algorithm cheat-sheet on the DesertPy Sub-Reddit.

    Also, I'd like to thank Isos Technology for being such a generous host again.

    Refresh this webpage constantly for news of the upcoming October meeting, which should be on October 22nd in Chandler. Don't miss it!

  9. Job - Web Administrator

    Description

    The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s New Media Innovation Lab seeks an experienced Python developer to work with students to develop digital products and services for media and other professional clients.

    September 8, 2014, is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and considered every week until the search is closed.

    More details here http://bit.ly/1qx5U8S

  10. August 2014 Meeting

    August is here, and with it comes another DesertPy meeting. Details below!

    When
    Wednesday August 27th, 2014 at 6:30PM
    Where
    Gangplank Chandler - 260s Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
    What
    Exploring Numpy - Austin will introduce NumPy, the Python numerical array library that sits at the heart of most of Python's numerical and scientific tools.

    Feel free to RSVP on the meetup site or fork this repo and add yourself to the RSVP list below and send a pull request.


    RSVPs on GitHub - 1 RSVP

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