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TriPython January, April, July, and October general meetings and monthly second Wednesday project nights meet at:

UNC Renaissance Computing Institute

TriPython February, May, August, and November general meetings meet at:

WebAssign: Online Homework and Grading

TriPython monthly first Tuesday project nights meet at:

Red Hat Annex

TriPython March, June, September, and December general meetings and monthly third Monday project nights meet at:

Caktus Consulting Group
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TriPython April 2019 Meeting: Solving Pentomino Puzzles with Python

2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the first solution of a combinatorial puzzle by computer. In 1958, Dana Scott, later a Turing Award winner for his work in denotational semantics, programmed the MANIAC computer to find all solutions to a pentomino problem by backtracking. (I contacted Dana, one of my old professors, to take note of the anniversary in December 2018. He can still get very excited about pentominoes!) What are pentominoes, and why have they retained their appeal ever since they were first described by the famous puzzler Henry Dudeney in The Canterbury Puzzles (#74) in 1907? Who is the High Priestess of Pentominoes? How many different ways can money be made from pentominos? What are some interesting open pentomino problems? What new puzzles can be devised? How can Python help us? Inquiring minds, including Dana Scott, Don Knuth, Solomon Golomb, Martin Gardner, and Arthur C. Clarke -- they all want (or wanted) to know. Rex Dwyer earned the PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University and the MS in Economics and Latin American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been working (mostly) in the biotech industry for two decades. Since 2017, he has worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Metabolon, the world's leader in advancing metabolomics for every area of life sciences research. In 2018, his predictive software drove the elucidation of more than 200 new compounds in mass spec data. Rex has been building and designing wooden puzzles for almost a decade. Extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration are also welcome and don't need to be pre-announced. Lightning talks are for you to "show and tell" something you've learned about Python recently, no matter how small. We all use Python, therefore, we are always learning something new about Python that we can tell others. Plenty of free parking is available in the RENCI parking deck. The meeting will be followed by our usual after-meeting at a nearby tavern for food and beverage. Come join us for a fun and informative evening.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-04-25

Durham Project Night

Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Park in the municipal deck on the other side of the Arts Council across W. Morgan St. The entrance to the Caktus Tech Space is on Morris St. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-04-15

Chapel Hill Project Night

Chapel Hill Project Night meets on second Wednesdays. Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired by! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Plenty of free after-hours parking is available in the RENCI parking deck. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-04-10

Raleigh Project Night

Raleigh Project Night meets on first Tuesdays. Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired by! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Park in the City Center deck behind Red Hat (the Red Hat elevator in the deck goes into the main Red Hat space, not the Annex). Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-04-02

TriPython March 2019 Meeting: Pytest Part 2: Making the most of Fixtures

Tim Hopper will present part two of his talk on PyTest (part one was in January). Tim says, "The Pytest testing framework provides a powerful, but sometimes confusing, model for defining test fixtures for reliable, repeatable execution of tests. I will discuss dependency injection-based fixtures, the benefits of the pytest fixture model, fixture nesting and parameterization, and using the built-in fixtures." Tim Hopper is a senior data scientist at Cylance where he works on machine learning approaches to malware detection. Prior to Cylance, he worked in blocking malicious automated web traffic and developing a Python library for nonparametric Latent Dirichlet Allocation. He has a masters degree in operations research from North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and energetic 1 year old. Extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration are also welcome and don't need to be pre-announced. Lightning talks are for you to "show and tell" something you've learned about Python recently, no matter how small. We all use Python, therefore, we are always learning something new about Python that we can tell others. Park in the municipal deck on the other side of the Arts Council across W. Morgan St. The after-meeting will be around the corner at Bull McCabe's Irish Pub. Come join us for a fun and informative evening.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-03-28

Durham Project Night

Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Park in the municipal deck on the other side of the Arts Council across W. Morgan St. The entrance to the Caktus Tech Space is on Morris St. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-03-18

Chapel Hill Project Night

Chapel Hill Project Night meets on second Wednesdays. Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired by! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Plenty of free after-hours parking is available in the RENCI parking deck. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-03-13

Raleigh Project Night

Raleigh Project Night meets on first Tuesdays. Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired by! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Park in the City Center deck behind Red Hat (the Red Hat elevator in the deck goes into the main Red Hat space, not the Annex). Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-03-05

TriPython February 2019 Meeting: It Asynchronous Make

Randy Barlow presents on the new asyncio standard library. Randy says, "If you are like me, you may have been stuck working with Python 2.7, staring over the fence at Python 3 and wishing you could use all the cool new stuff. Or maybe you couldn't use Python 3 because electric eels keep stinging you whenever you try. Whatever the case may be, we'll be talking in this session about the new asyncio library that was introduced in Python 3.4 and greatly enhanced with the async/await keywords in Python 3.5. Participants will get a high level overview of the library, and the concepts surrounding asynchronous programming. Maybe we'll even make a fun toy program together, who knows? This would be a great talk to attend if you know Python but haven't taken the time to explore this API." Randy Barlow works full time on the Fedora Project. He is primarily involved in leading development on Bodhi, Fedora's update management system, and with building out Fedora's scaled container registry. He does not enjoy long walks on the beach and is an expert on pizza. Extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration are also welcome and don't need to be pre-announced. Plenty of free after hours parking is available in the upper level of the deck behind WebAssign (turn through the median just before the intersection of Varsity and Main Campus Drives). If the door is locked, call the number posted on the door. An after-meeting location for food and beverage will be decided at the meeting (usually BaDa Wings at Mission Valley). Come join us for a fun and informative evening.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-02-28

Durham Project Night

Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Park in the municipal deck on the other side of the Arts Council across W. Morgan St. The entrance to the Caktus Tech Space is on Morris St. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-02-18

Chapel Hill Project Night

Chapel Hill Project Night meets on second Wednesdays. Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired by! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Plenty of free after-hours parking is available in the RENCI parking deck. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-02-13

Raleigh Project Night

Raleigh Project Night meets on first Tuesdays. Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired by! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Park in the City Center deck behind Red Hat (the Red Hat elevator in the deck goes into the main Red Hat space, not the Annex). Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-02-05

TriPython January 2019 Meeting: Python Testing With PyTest

Tim Hopper will present PyTest. Tim says, "In this talk, I will introduce Pytest, a testing framework for Python (e.g. an alternative to unittest or Nose. Pytest is simple enough to allow you to start writing tests with zero boiler plate, but grows with your project into a powerful solution for even the most complex software projects." Tim Hopper is a senior data scientist at Cylance where he works on machine learning approaches to malware detection. Prior to Cylance, he worked in blocking malicious automated web traffic and developing a Python library for nonparametric Latent Dirichlet Allocation. He has a masters degree in operations research from North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and energetic 1 year old. Extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration are also welcome and don't need to be pre-announced. Lightning talks are for you to "show and tell" something you've learned about Python recently, no matter how small. We all use Python, therefore, we are always learning something new about Python that we can tell others. Plenty of free parking is available in the RENCI parking deck. The meeting will be followed by our usual after-meeting at a nearby tavern for food and beverage. Come join us for a fun and informative evening.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-01-24

Chapel Hill Project Night

Chapel Hill Project Night meets on second Wednesdays. Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired by! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Plenty of free after-hours parking is available in the RENCI parking deck. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2019-01-09

Durham Project Night

Have a project you want to show off, share, seek help with, or just get some work done surrounded by like-minded Python lovers? Join us for our monthly project night and do just that! Don't have something to work on? Just need some help with Python? Show up and enjoy the energy, sprint on an open source project, find something interesting to contribute to or be inspired! The setting is informal and there is no schedule, so don't worry if you show up past the start time. Whether you are a Python newbie needing help or have an open source project you want to share, come hang out and hack. Park in the municipal deck on the other side of the Arts Council across W. Morgan St. The entrance to the Caktus Tech Space is on Morris St. Bring your laptop.

  • Posted by cbc
  • Start Date: 2018-12-17

TriPython endorses:

PyLadies RDU

JupyterDay in the Triangle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 at UNC

JupyterDay in the Triangle

September 14-16, 2016:

PyData Carolinas 2016

Upcoming Events
Raleigh Project Night
Red Hat Annex, 190 E Davie St, Raleigh,
2019-04-02
Chapel Hill Project Night
Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Biltmore Conference Room, 5th Floor, Europa Center, 100 Europa Drive, Suite 590, Chapel Hill,
2019-04-10
Durham Project Night
Caktus Group Tech Space, 108 Morris St., Durham,
2019-04-15
TriPython April 2019 Meeting: Solving Pentomino Puzzles with Python
Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Biltmore Conference Room, 5th Floor, 100 Europa Drive, Suite 590, Chapel Hill,
2019-04-25
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