This month we are really lucky to have not one but two fantastic talks: First up Mike Hibbert (@MickeySoFine) will tell us about Kivy which is a Python framework for the rapid development of innovative user interfaces (like touch apps); Second Scott Walton will tell us about the server provisioning and infrastructure management tool Salt.
Mike will kickoff by giving us an overview of Kivy, show us how to get a basic app up and running, he’ll talk about his experience using Kivy and highlight its good bits and its limitations. Kivy, although quite a new project, looks incredibly awesome - have a look here at the gallery of interesting UI made with Kivy: http://kivy.org/#gallery
In Scott’s talk – ‘With a pinch of Salt’ – he will show us how to use Salt to configure a simple Django app with a database and an nginx server. Scott will be giving this talk later in the month at PyConUK so we’re really lucky to get a preview of it!
After, time permitting, we could try a code dojo problem. 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 the Cornerstone Cafe on the corner of Carliol Square. Please ring the doorbell to get let in.
Hope to see you there and please spread the word.
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5 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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