Python NE July 2014: Django YAY, Django MEH (& Code Club)

location Campus North, Sunco House, 5 Carliol Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6UF | 6pm Wed 16th July 2014

This month we'll hear from Jamie Curle (@jamiecurle) about Django's good and less so good bits. Lauren from Campus North (@campusnorthuk) will also be there tell us all about Code Club. And lastly we'll also test our wits on a code dojo problem.

Django bills itself as the "Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines". It is (probably) the most widely used Python Web framework and for good reason - Django takes batteries-included approach, makes pragmatic design decisions for you and has extensive well written documentation. Jamie will give us a guided tour of Django pointing out the scenic spots and places to avoid.

Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Lauren and Lyndsey from Campus North are the regional coordinators for the North East and are looking to match up local developers with schools. Code Club uses Scratch initially and then moves onto to teaching Python.

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. 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 Cornerstone Cafe on the corner of Carliol Square. Please ring the doorbell to get let in.

Hope to see you there!

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