[FRPythoneers] May Meeting Report

Jim Vickroy Jim.Vickroy at noaa.gov
Wed May 23 07:59:43 MDT 2001


Where and when are the XP meetings?

Christopher Hart wrote:

> Evelyn,
>
> I might be interested in giving a Unit Testing and Extreme Python talk. Had
> a schedule conflict with the XP meeting last night so couldn't attend.
> Sorry, XP is bigger priority than Python right now. ;-)
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Chris
>
> Christopher Hart
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Evelyn Mitchell" <efm at tummy.com>
> To: <frpythoneers at lists.community.tummy.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 1:22 PM
> Subject: [FRPythoneers] May Meeting Report
>
> > May Front Range Pythoneers Meeting Report
> >
> > 9 in attendance
> >
> > Topics discussed:
> >    - Python Training in Colorado -- it is the best place in the country to
> > get training (Mark Lutz, Kaivo, Sean Reifschneider).
> >
> >    - How to find Python Programmers -- I think FRPythoneers is the best
> > place to find experienced Python Programmers in Colorado right now.
> Though,
> > if you've got good programmers already, Python is an easy language to
> learn.
> >
> >    - Using Zope with 2.1 - There have been good reports.. we need Unicode!
> >
> >    - Report Writer - the easiest way to manage PDF, programmatic templates
> >       for PDF output
> >
> >    - Website - volunteers please contact me (efm-frpythoneers at tummy.com)
> >
> >    - Topics for future meetings --
> >       June 2001 -- Jeffery Collins - Pippy Python for the Palm
> >       July 2001 -- Python and Tkinter
> >       August 2001 -- Python and Databases (Oracle, ODBC, PostgreSQL, DBI)
> >       September 2001 -- Python IDEs on WinX (PythonWin, Komodo,
> PythonWorks)
> >       October 2001 -- Profiling Python
> >       Not Scheduled (Looking for presenters:)
> >          - Unit Testing and Extreme Python
> >          - Zope
> >
> > Presentation: Sean Reifschneider on new features in 2.1
> >
> > 2.1 stable was released last month, which marks the first of the
> > new, faster series of releases.  In order to better manage the
> > direction and pace of changes, lots of new features were added:
> >
> >   - PEP directed development
> >       Python Enhancement Proposals (PEP) python.sf.net/peps
> >       Everyone can suggest changes and improvements to Python now,
> >       and the discussion about the changes is collected along with
> >       the PEP. This gives the community a clearer view into the process
> >       and tradeoffs of Python development. It may also reduce the
> >       FAQs of "Why don't you do _this_?" If it is a feature which was
> >       discussed in a PEP already, the reason why it wasn't included
> >       should be attched to the original PEP.
> >
> >   - __future__ and Warning Framework
> >       With all of the changes proposed over the next few release cycles,
> >       it is important to be able to use new features in a way which
> >       doesn't break old code.
> >         With __future__, you can request new features that may break old
> >         code. Someone joked, "What about
> >
> >           from __past__ import no_nested_scopes
> >
> >         ?"
> >
> >         The Warning Framework gives a lot of flexability in turning off
> >         warnings (what you'd like to do with the warning, what message
> >         you're looking for, the category of warning, the module it
> >         occurs in, the line number in the module). This lets you postpone
> >         fixing warnings related to Python language change explicitly,
> >         while preserving warnings that are important to fix immediately.
> >
> >    - New Build System
> >        Distutils rocks!
> >
> >    - Weak References
> >        Kind of like a cache for expensive operations, your program can
> >        release resources associated with a large data item or expensive
> >        calculation if other activities need them, while preserving
> >        the reference to them. Then, when your program needs the item
> >        pointed to by the reference, it looks at the weak reference.
> >        If the item is gone, the weak reference has a callback to the
> >        code to re-create the item.
> >
> >     - Function Attributes
> >        Stop using __doc__ to hold extra information about something.
> >        Function attributes are meta data about functions.
> >        It doesn't sound like they have been formalized in common usage
> >        yet (another PEP perhaps?)
> >
> >     - Lots and lots of other new features
> >
> >     - References: http://www.amk.ca/python/2.1
> >
> > Next Meeting:
> >   Monday June 18 2001
> >   Abacus Direct, 11101 West 120th Avenue, Broomfield CO
> >     (Corner of Network Drive and Interlocken Loop, head for the
> >     Jefferson County Airport West Entrance)
> >   6:30 Informal discussion
> >   7:00 (presentation starts, no admittance due to security)
> >   Jeffrey Collins on Pippy - Python for the Palm
> >
> > Mailing List:
> >   frpythoneers at lists.community.tummy.com
> >   http://lists.community.tummy.com/mailman/listinfo/frpythoneers
> >
> > Contact:
> >   Evelyn Mitchell, efm-frpythoneers at tummy.com
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