1. Thunderstorm Aftermath

    This month's meeting format was a series of lightning talks. We restricted the talks to a hard limit of 5 minutes, which was a challenge for some of us. Here is a quick recap with some reference links.

    • SciPy 2014 Highlights

      Austin provided some highlights from this year's SciPy conference. Lots of exciting developments. Five minutes didn't do it justice.

    • Nsq and Python

      Trevor demoed gnsq, a gevent based python client for the NSQ distributed messaging platform, which was highlighted in this week's PyCoder's Weekly.

    • IPython as a command shell

      Ian combined two of my favorite things: IPython and command shells.

    • Exploring Python's Method Resolution Order (MRO)

      Jason took us from the basics of the MRO to some more complicated examples. He was about to divulge how to hack the MRO at run-time before the 5-minute horn stopped him short.

    • Python logging for web applications

      I tried my best to walk through my IPython Notebook demonstrating how you can use Python's logging module and ElasticSearch & Kibana to instrument & analyze your web applications.

    • Jerry walked us through his MongoDB driven web application that tracks the movies and books he and his wife own. This served as a good example of using MongoDB with Python.

    • Lastly, Jason accepted the challenge of giving an unfinished presentation on Python Deocrators. This presentation was started by Austin and Jason had never seen it before and did an exceptional job talking about it sight unseen.

    NOTE Austin added the last two bullet point's here, for completion sake.

  2. DesertPy Thunderstorm - July 2014 Meeting

    Monsoon season is upon us so join DesertPy this month for a Thunderstorm! What is a Thunderstorm you ask? It's a meeting consisting only of lightning talks!

    Wednesday June 23rd, 2014 at 6:30PM
    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

    There won't be one big talk, but a bunch of smaller, fast paced talks on any number of Python related topics. Just show up for the fun. Better yet, show up with a python related lightning talk of your own. We will try to enforce a 5 minute limit per talk. More than one talk per person permitted.


    • If you use slides (which is recommended), do them in the IPython Notebook or export to a PDF.
    • Provide slides to me godber@gmail.com prior to the meeting to minimize laptop switching.
    • Make a comment on the Meetup event announcement that contains your topic, or topics, so we can avoid (minimize) duplication.

    These are recommendations and not requirements. Don't let anything above discourage you from presenting.

    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

  3. June 2014 Meeting

    Meeting time is rolling around again. For those of you braving the heat in town, join us out at the HiringSolved offices at Gangplank for the June DesertPy meeting.

    Wednesday June 25th, 2014 at 6:30PM
    Gangplank Chandler - 260s Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
    Testing Python code with pytest (Austin Godber), and I am calling for volunteers for an accompanying lightning talk.

    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

  4. May 2014 Meeting - Flask

    Join DesertPy, the Phoenix Area Python User Group, for the May meeting, details below!

    Wednesday May 28 2014 at 6:30PM
    ISOS Technology - 1130 E University Drive, #101, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Join DesertPy this month, back in Tempe, where Trevor will introduce the lightweight web framework, Flask. Flask is a BSD licensed micro framework that uses Jinja2 for templating but allows you to choose the persistence layer.

    Sarah will continue our PEP talk series by telling us about PEP 450 which is implemented in Python 3.4 as the statistics module.

    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

  5. Job - Temporary Software Development Engineer - Visiongate

    Requisition for Employment

    Temporary Software Development Engineer
    VisionGate Corporation
    275 N. Gateway Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Company Profile

    VisionGate produces the Cell-CT™, the world’s first 3D cellular imaging device based upon optical projection tomography, which renders cells with sub-micron, isometric resolution. Based on 3D images of cells from sputum, VisonGate aims to improve patient health with the world’s first, non-invasive, diagnostic test for early lung cancer detection: LuCED™. VisionGate is expanding to carry the development and commercialization of its products forward.

    Position Summary

    VisionGate is currently commercializing its LuCED test for early detection of lung cancer. Development of other tests based on the Cell-CT are being considered or are in progress. To facilitate commercialization of our tests, we seek to add a temporary staff member who will develop software for process flow by assimilating data from various lab stations and from multiple Cell-CT™ to create status and final specimen reports. The role will be full-time from late April until July or August.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Design and develop database to store data from various lab stations
    • Design front-end for inputting data into the database from either lab-stations, Cell-CT™ or Surveyor output
    • Design front-end to query database for specimen processing status
    • Implement final test report printing.
    • Aid in writing SOPs and other product documentation.

    Training and Experience

    • BS or MS in computer science or electrical engineering.
    • 1-2 years experience with Python, JavaScript or C++
    • 1-2 years experience with web-based technologies like HTML, AJAX and CSS.
    • 1-2 years experience with Database systems desired, PostgreSQL preferred.
    • Familiarity with laboratory information systems (HL7) desired.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
    • Strong team and interpersonal skills.

    To apply contact Michael Meyer, meyer@visiongate3d.com

  6. April 2014 Meeting - Python 3

    Sorry for the short notice everyone, but this month's DesertPy meeting is this week, Wednesday, April 23rd in the SimplyHired offices at Gangplank in Downtown Chandler. Same time as usual, 6:30PM. We will have Jerry talking about his experiences with Python 3. And we will also be continuing our Python 3.4 PEP talk series! This time by Craig who will talk about PEP 3156, also known as the asyncio module.

    After the meeting we will be meeting up at San Tan Brewing (just a bit north of Gangplank) to have some food and socialize.

    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. April 2014 Drinkup

    DesertPy is meeting up at Boulders on Broadway on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 6:30PM for some food and drinks!

    View Larger Map

    I try to get "The Pit" which is the room just down this hallway (to the left of the stairs) and down a few steps. Or just ask the hostess or waitress for the Python group. And yeah, that is google maps working inside Boulders on Broadway.

    View Larger Map

    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. Monthly Meetings in 2014

    Spring is upon us and change is in the air for DesertPy. First off, we are going to have monthly presentation based meetings for the rest of this year. These meetings will be on the same day of the month as usual, the fourth Wednesday. Tentatively the locations will be alternating between Gangplank in downtown Chander and the Isos Technologies office in Tempe (just East of Rural and University behind Chompies). Our first visit to Isos will be next week, March 26th, when I will wow you all with a demonstration of how I use IPython, mostly for data analysis purposes. Please RSVP on the Meetup event page.

    What does that mean for our alternate month social gatherings at Boulders on Broadway? Well, we will have them occasionally, most likely on the second Wednesday of the month. The next one is already scheduled for April 9th. I hope to see you all there. Well, not all at once of course ☺, our usual table only seats about 15.

    Lastly, Python 3.4.0 was released this week. In an effort to get us all up to speed, we are happy to announce that at each meeting for the rest of the year someone will give a lightning talk on one of the PEP's implemented by this release. By the way, that lucky 'someone' could be YOU! As always we are looking for community members to help give presentations, please contact me (Austin Godber, godber@gmail.com) if you are interested in giving a presentation.

    Looking forward to another great year!

  9. Job - Sr Python Developer - SEO Firm

    Sr. Python Developer roles for prestigious Content Management firm (Full Time Position-not a contract)

    My company has been contracted to locate strong Python resources in the PHX area for permanent roles with a prestigious SEO Content Management firm. Client is a late stage startup and is very profitable already and poised for exponential growth.

    This exciting role will be working with Artificial Intelligence on cutting edge systems. Do you want to work with Big Data Distributed Systems, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing? Do you have 3 years of Python Development? If the answer is yes, please reply ASAP to discuss this critical role.

    Position is located in the PHX/PV area. Salary and significant perks are impressive for the right candidate(s). Multiple roles available

    Robert Schintler - PROTOCOL Recruiting - 480-544-7961 - robert@protocolrecruiting.com
  10. February 2014 Meeting - Image Processing

    If you aren't too busy trying to make up for forgetting Valentines Day for your special someone, come check out the DesertPy meeting this month. Details below!

    Wednesday February 26 2014 at 6:30PM
    Gangplank Chandler - 260s Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

    Sarah Braden is both a pythonista and a newly minted PhD in Geological Science, with a specialty in lunar volcanism. During graduate school she worked with the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team at Arizona State University, exploring the Moon one image at a time. She is passionate about space exploration, science, and Python.

    Sarah will introduce you to Pillow, a Python library for basic image processing, and OpenCV, the Open Source Computer Vision Library. The presentation will cover setup and demonstrations of Pillow and OpenCV.

    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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