Welcome to DDL!

About Us

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.
If you’re interested in Ruby (including Rails), Python (including Django), PHP, Perl, Javascript, Scheme, Lisp, Smalltalk, etc, this is the place for you. Now and then we poke into other languages, too, particularly if they seem interesting and exciting.

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/

Upcoming Meetings

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.

September 2021: Groovy

September 08, 2021

Topic: OpenOffice UNO Programming with Groovy

We have a local expert! Carl Marcum has presented on Groovy at multiple national conferences, and now he brings his expertise home.

(This is the talk that was intended for July…)

The talk will discuss using the Apache Groovy programming language with Apache OpenOffice UNO API’s and some associated projects that allow this to happen.

Projects include:

  1. Groovy UNO Extension that adds convenience methods to the OpenOffice API’s allowing less coding.
  2. An OpenOffice Extension that adds Groovy as a macro language to the office.
  3. An associated extension to add sample macros to the office written in Groovy.
  4. A command line extension project creation tool to generate Groovy AOO clients applications and extensions.

Examples of usages like Groovy scripts as OpenOffice client applications, OpenOffice macros in Groovy, and a compiled OpenOffice extension application in Groovy.

Apache Groovy is a powerful, optionally typed and dynamic language, with static-typing and static compilation capabilities, for the Java platform aimed at improving developer productivity thanks to a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax. It integrates smoothly with any Java program, and immediately delivers to your application powerful features, including scripting capabilities, Domain-Specific Language authoring, runtime and compile-time meta-programming and functional programming.

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.

In-person AND Online Meeting!

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, come down to Brixx and fill your stomach and your brain, and see your DDL friends in the flesh at last.

or

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.

PyFri@WBI: Python self-study meetups

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

PyFri notebooks

Some Jupyter notebooks from our Friday sessions are posted at https://github.com/dayton-dynamic/pyfri

Mailing list

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.

Location

New home!

We meet meet on the !2nd Wednesday of every month from !7pm to !9pm upstairs at Brixx Ice Company.

Map to Brixx

This lets us combine our customary after-meeting dinner with the meeting itself. Yum!

All Meetings

Dayton

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.

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