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Tuesday August 25th, 2015

A tour of Python - by Brian Stephan

For well over a decade, the Python programming language has benefitted from increasing popularity as a versatile tool in the developerís and administratorís arsenals. The language offers a robust standard library and lends itself to a variety of tasks, from system scripting and automation to prototyping to full-fledged web applications. It is meant to be easy to read and elegant, yet powerful in the hands of any skilled developer. We will discuss an array of topics regarding the introduction and use of Python for Java developers, including a quick look at features of the language itself before getting into common frameworks and useful tools. With an eye towards making Python effective for developers and teams right now, weíll look at examples including RESTful client and server APIs, the Django web application framework, common integration tools, and lessons learned introducing Python in a Java development environment. The goal is to have everyone walk away with a better understanding of the Python landscape, and how they can utilize it in their next professional or personal project.

Brian is a local software engineer with a focus on web- and Internet-based technologies. His personal and professional work has ranged from highly-available DHCP servers to Internet-facing websites using SOAP services, from multimedia streaming to IRC chatterbots on toy virtual private servers. Brian has a B.S. in Software Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and is currently a lead software engineer with TDS Telecom in Madison. In his spare time he plays more video and tabletop games than he can enumerate.


5:00 - 5:30 Social including food and drinks.
5:30 - 7:00 Presentation


201 E. Pittsburgh Ave, Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI
There is free ample parking on both Barclay St. and Pittsburgh Ave.