We’re a group of Dayton-area programmers who help each other learn how to
write in dynamic languages. We’re casual, inquisitive,
beginner-friendly, and include both professionals and amateurs.
We’re responsive and informal; if there’s a topic you’d like to present on or just like to see, we’ll probably be interested in it too!
We are a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Dayton Microcomputer Association. See other DMA SIG meetings at [Meetup](http://www.meetup.com/Dayton-Microcomputer-Association-Meetup/
Our monthly meetings take place at Brixx, but we also use the “General” voice channel of the PyFri Discord, so if you aren’t fully vaccinated or can’t make it downtown for any other reason, feel free to join us online.
If you’ve ever sat down at your computer to do the same thing that you’ve ever done before… what are you even thinking, how can you call yourself a progammer.
Well, OK, that was a little harsh. We often find ourselves doing repetitive tasks manually anyway because software and websites are rarely written to be easy to automate. But there are tools to help get around that oversight, and we’ll play with three of them:
SeleniumIDE, a tool popular for testing for web developers, but also useful for driving a web browser for personal reasons
SikuliX, a very intuitive computer-vision based tool that’s not limited to web applications, and can also be a nice introduction to programming
MechanicalSoup, a Python library for browser automation that’s based in webscraping technology
As usual, bring your grab bag of questions, thoughts, news, and projects in or about any language to throw in the soup. We always have a good discussion.
We’re going to try meeting in the Innovation Hub, a gorgeous new facility that’s part of the renovated Dayton Arcade complex. Enter through the doors that face the Wright Stop Plaza bus hub.
Of course, there won’t be helpful wait staff offering to sell us dinner, but there’s a Subway just outside the Innovation Hub entrance. Feel free to bring a meal in with you.
Street parking is free in the evening. I usually park on Ludlow Street.
if for any reason coming downtown doesn’t work for you (for instance, you’ve converted yourself to purely digital format and now exist as a set of cloud-hosted algorithms), we’ll be online as well!
Join us at 7 PM EDT on the PyFri Discord channel, discord.gg/9SgTh3T, and click on the General voice chat link. You may need to install the Discord desktop app rather than just using the web interface.
Together with Tec^Edge, we’re having an informal weekly lunchtime meeting for folks learning Python. No program, just come to share questions with each other, show off what you’ve been working on, and discuss. We meet most Fridays at noon, barring holidays.
For now, PyFri meets online in the “General” voice channel of the PyFri Discord. Once things are back to normal, we’ll return to meeting at the Wright Brothers Institute. Check meetup to make sure we’re meeting on a particular Friday.
Calendar link: https://calendar.google.com/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=NDZzamEwb2lhZzRkYjk0Zml2dDM4cjdwb2kgY2F0aGVyaW5lLmRldmxpbkBt&tmsrc=catherine.devlin%40gmail.com
Some Jupyter notebooks from our Friday sessions are posted at https://github.com/dayton-dynamic/pyfri
We have a mailing list that we use for occasional discussion, but usually just monthly meeting reminders. It’s extremely low traffic and definitely the best way to know what is going on with the group.
We meet meet on the !2nd Wednesday of every month from !7pm to !9pm upstairs at Brixx Ice Company.
This lets us combine our customary after-meeting dinner with the meeting itself. Yum!
Dayton is home of the Dayton Microcomputer Association, one of the country’s oldest computer user groups. DMA serves as an umbrella group for a variety of Special Interest Groups like ours - see DMA’s meetup page.
The Dayton Tech Guide has links to a variety of resources in Dayton’s technical community.