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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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Triangle Python Users Group: TriPython (formerly TriZPUG)

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Python users in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill/Carrboro) North Carolina region meet on the fourth Thursday of each month (except for the November and December special meetings on the second or third Thursdays). We welcome you to join us. We are a small, fun-loving band of Python® zealots trying to learn more. We have a very loose organization, charge no dues, and range from newbies to gurus. We are focused on improving the usability of Python through self-education and outreach as a mutual aid society.

What TriPython Does:

Meet • Collaborate • Mail • Chat • Blog • Advise • Organize • Sponsor • Train • Whoop • Recognize

Meet 

Next TriPython Meeting: ArcPy: Wrangling Geospatial Data with Python, Thursday, May 24, 7pm at WebAssign, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1791 Varsity Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh.

ArcPy, the Python interface for ArcGIS Desktop/ArcGIS Pro, allows you to work with geographic datasets and invoke the powerful tools that have been developed by ESRI for analyzing and visualizing geospatial. This talk will provide an overview of the functionality exposed by the ArcPy API and demonstrate how these functionalities can be invoked. Python can be used to invoke any of the built-in tools for processing geospatial data (e.g., finding buffer zones to identify streams near proposed highways, intersecting geospatial data layers to find overlap of historical habitat and urban sprawl, calculating changes in landscapes with raster algebra, and so forth). Attendees will learn how to interpret the ArcPy help documentation and how Python can be used to call geoprocessing tools, to programmatically manage proprietary GIS data formats (list and describe the data), read and modify proprietary data formats such as shapefiles with arcpy, work with ArcGIS map documents, generate custom ArcGIS GUIs.

Our speaker, Laura G. Tateosian, is a professor at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University where she leads an active research program in geovisualization and recently authored a textbook on Python for ArcGIS. Her lab works with geoparsing, eye trackers, and open source web mapping and visualization tools to investigate plant disease spread and human trafficking and to develop innovative digital reading environments. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Towson University, her M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, and her Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University. She teaches Python Geospatial Programming and Geovisualization in the Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. and the Master’s in Geospatial Information Science and Technology. She has traveled extensively and likes to body surf.

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 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.

Read more about TriPython monthly meetings.

Collaborate 

Raleigh Project Night is back!

Next TriPython Chapel Hill Project Night: Wednesday, May 9, 6-9pm at Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Biltmore Conference Room, 5th Floor, Europa Center, Suite 590, 100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill. 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 parking is available in the Europa Center parking deck. Bring your laptop.

Next TriPython Durham Project Night: Monday, May 21, 6-9pm at Caktus Group, 108 Morris St., Durham. Durham Project Night meets on third Mondays. 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 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.

Next TriPython Raleigh Project Night: Tuesday, June 5, 6-9pm at Red Hat Annex, 190 E Davie St, Raleigh. 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. Bring your laptop.

See upcoming and past TriPython collaborative events.

Mail 

Join our suitably Python-powered mailing list hosted on Python.org to be notified of TriPython happenings and ongoing discussions. The list is also mirrored on the wonderful Gmane service in a variety of formats (news, RSS, blog, etc.).

Chat 

Try out our IRC channel. New to IRC? Look at our IRC help.

Blog 

TriPython members' blogs are aggregated at Planet TriPython. If you a) participate in TriPython, b) have a blog that is at least sometimes about Python, and c) would like your blog aggregated on Planet TriPython, then please send your blog feed's URL to info@trizpug.org.

Advise 

We have some advice for budding pythonistas. Stayed tuned for updated advice coming soon.

Organize 

TriPython was the lead organizer for PyData Carolinas 2016, one day of tutorials and two days of keynotes, session talks, and lightning talks celebrating Python in data science on September 14-16, 2016 at the IBM RTP Activity Center. With 400 happy attendees, it was the biggest Python event ever held in the Triangle.

TriPython members organized the inaugural Python Conference of the Carolinas. The two day conference spanned two tracks of Python presentations.

TriPython organized the first large-scale Zope community event in the western hemisphere with participation from five continents.

Sponsor 

TriPython is a community sponsor of PyData Carolinas 2016, one day of tutorials and two days of keynotes, session talks, and lightning talks celebrating Python in data science on September 14-16, 2016 at the IBM RTP Activity Center. The call for proposals and registration are open now!.

TriPython sponsored PyOhio 2012, 2013, and 2014 as well as Plone Symposium Midwest 2013 and 2014.

TriPython sponsored the Emerald Sprint, the Sea Sprint, and the No-Fun ZopeSkel BBQ Sprint.

TriPython sponsored the 2008 and 2006 Plone Conferences.

Train 

TriPython hosted a special Python Web Programming Workshop, August 5-9, 2013 on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This workshop started with Internet sockets and protocols and progressively worked up through several Python web frameworks.

TriPython developed the highly successful PyCamp boot camp program for Python user group outreach, now in its eleventh year. Along the way we've taken PyCamp to Seattle, Budapest, Toronto, Los Angeles, Houston, Penn State, Ohio State, UWisc-Oshkosh, and Washington DC. PyCamp was most recently the official Python training program for PyOhio 2014 on the campus of Ohio State University, July 21-27, 2014 and Plone Symposium Midwest on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, June 13-22, 2014.

TriPython members at Caktus Consulting Group presented their second Django Bootcamp on Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13, 2013. This event was a two day beginners' course for learning the basics of building a Django web application. Designed for developers with basic programming experience, this course provided the essentials needed to build and develop a simple Django application in a hands-on and interactive setting. The training focused on the construction of a crossword drill application to illustrate Django’s architecture and ecosystem.

TriPython hosted the first ever Plone Bootcamp. The largest Plone training meeting in the world to date was our 2008 Plone Boot Camp. 2009 marked the fifth and final year TriPython sponsored Plone Bootcamps.

Over 2000 people on six continents have been to TriPython boot camps!

To keep informed about future TriPython community training events, subscribe to the TriPython email list.

2008 PyCampers and Advanced Plone Bootcampers get together to shout about their new skills.
Plone Boot Campers for 2008 got an all new updated program based on buildout.
TriPython hosted the first international Zope conference.
TriPython helped the new Houston ZPUG raise $1800 in startup funds.
2006 PyCampers are ecstatic about functional programming with Python.
The world's first Plone Bootcamp was hosted by TriPython in January 2005.
The March 2006 TriPython Plone Bootcamp was a whoop-it-up affair!
The August 2007 TriPython Plone Bootcamp was the largest ever held.
TriPython hosted its first Advanced Plone Bootcamp in the August 2007 heat wave.

Acknowledgments 

The TriPython logo was contributed by Jim Allman. The TriZPUG logo was contributed by Ben Best and Rob Lineberger. The Camp 5, PyCamp and 2006 Plone Bootcamp 2 logos were contributed by Rob Lineberger and the Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center. The 2005 Plone Bootcamp 1 logo was contributed by Jim Allman (Interrobang Digital Media) and Tom Bryan. TriPython was co-founded by Tom Bryan and Geoff Davis. Our WebAssign facilitator is Steve Gambino. Our Red Hat facilitator is Kevin Howell. Our Caktus facilitators are Mark Lavin, Brian Russell, Calvin Spealman, Caleb Smith, Nicole Foster, Hao Nguyen, Tobias McNulty, Colin Copeland, and Victor Rocha. Our Bull City Coworking facilitator was Robert Petrusz. TriPython.org is hosted by Chris Calloway, our RENCI facilitator. For the first two years of TriPython's existence, the TriPython (TriZPUG) web presence was hosted on Zope.org and administered by Tom Bryan. The TriPython (TriZPUG) email list is hosted by Python.org and administered by Chris Calloway and Mark Biggers. The TriPython IRC channel is operated by Chris Calloway, Mark Biggers, and Brad Crittenden. For the first six years of TriPython's existence, the TriPython (TriZPUG) email list was hosted by Starship Python and administered by Tom Bryan. The PyCarolinas 2012 Conference was organized by Calvin Spealman with Kurt Grandis, Chris Calloway, Rebecca Lovewell, and Andrew Thompson. The PyCarolinas 2012 logo was designed by Julia Elman courtesy of Caktus Group. TriPython owes a great debt to many volunteers too numerous to list here. Special thanks to Josh Johnson, Alex Kesling, Chris Fox, Mike Revoir, Ben Donnelly, Mark Corzine, Justis Peters, J.C. Sackett, Casey Emerson, Dave Powell, Veda Williams, Paul Smith, Alex Ray, Stephan Altmueller, Thomas Wilson, Nathan Rice, Sean Semone, Frank DiMauro, Walter Martin, Edmund Moseley, Carol Ludwig, Steve Corey, Hiawatha Demby, Kevin Morgan, Cheryl Jerozal, Scott Morningstar, Mali Ozbay, Josten Ma, Steven Butterworth, Michael Miller, Cris Ewing, S. Morris Rose, Fulvio Casali, Andy McKay, Philipp Von Weitershausen, Whit Morriss, Jacqueline Arasi, Chris McDonough, Tres Seaver, and especially Joel Burton.

TriPython endorses:

PyLadies RDU

September 14-16, 2016:

PyData Carolinas 2016

Upcoming Events
TriPython May 2018 Meeting: ArcPy: Wrangling Geospatial Data with Python
WebAssign, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1791 Varsity Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh,
2018-05-24
Raleigh Project Night
Red Hat Annex, 190 E Davie St, Raleigh,
2018-06-05
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19:00-21:00 TriPython May 2017 Meeting: Python Microservices
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