This month Kieran Darcy (@KieranFDarcy) will give an introduction to Python packages - what they are, how to find them and how to install them. The talk will mention the Python Standard Library, the Python Package Index (PyPi - aka The Cheese Shop), pip and virtual environments.
Python is known for its batteries-included approach. Its Standard Library (the packages that are included in the Python distribution) is fantastic, but there exists an incredibly rich ecosystem of third-party packages that can be used from your Python program. Kieran will give a gentle, beginner-friendly introduction to this topic.
After the talk we'll get down to the fun of the code dojo. For the unacquainted a code dojo is a hands-on group coding session. Having picked a challenge, in small teams we set about coding up a solution. Then at the end of the allotted time we get together and show each other our code (bugs, warts and all). The aim is simply to have some fun - there is really no pressure to produce good or even working code! Although it can be quite intense, working with other people is a fantastic way to learn. Everyone from Python beginners to pros get something out of it.
Pizza will be courtesy of our kind sponsors Sharpe Recruitment (@sharperecruit) and Pebble (@mypebble). And we once again will be hosted by the ace folks at Campus North (@campusnorthuk).
Campus North is down the hill from the Body Zone Gym and the Cornerstone Cafe on the corner of Carliol Square. Please ring the doorbell, or tweet @PythonNorthEast, to get let in.
Hope to see you there and please spread the word.
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5 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, United Kingdom
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