Welcome to DDL!

About Us

The Dayton Dynamic Language User Group is primarily focused on, as you can tell by the name, dynamic languages. If you’re interested in Ruby (including Rails), Python (including Django), PHP, Perl, Javascript, Scheme, Lisp, Smalltalk, etc, this is probably the place for you. We try not to talk specifically about things like C and Java, but there are no hard and fast rules (especially if you’re comparing them to a dynamic language).

The meetings are very informal. We usually don’t have any formal presentations, but people frequently show code that they’re working on. The flow of the meeting tends to meander, so if you’re interested in something specific, you should speak up! ).

The meetings are free to the public, though we try to donate some small amount of money to the Dayton Chess Club every month. You’re certainly under no obligation to contribute.

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

October 2017: Pro Workflows

October 11, 2017

It turns out there’s much more to programming than, well, programming. Pros use an array of related techniques and tools to improve the quality of their process. We’ll review them so that you can start to use them, too… or improve your use if you already do.

Topics include…

As always, we’ll take some time for your general thoughts, questions, and ideas. See you there!

November 2017: easy CRUDdy webforms

November 08, 2017

CRUD stands for Create, Remove, Update, and Delete - the four basic operations applied to database objects - and it’s often used to describe forms used to manipulate a database. Many web applications amount to interfaces to let users see and change data this way.

A good web app can be a lot of work, but what if we’re lazy? What’s the easiest way we can get a basic webform up that interacts with a database? Let’s find out.

As always, we’ll take some time for your general thoughts, questions, and ideas. See you there!

December 2017: Field Guide to Databases

December 13, 2017

You may think “MySQL” or “PostgreSQL” when you think “database”, but the truth is that those relational databases are only one class of the huge array of technologies that can be used to store and retrieve data. Each class of database has its own benefits, drawbacks, and problems it’s best suited for. We’ll review the most important ones as well as some interesting variants.

As always, we’ll take some time for your general thoughts, questions, and ideas. See you there!

January 2018: Relational Databases

January 08, 2018

Last month’s broad survey of database technologies notwithstanding, relational databases really are often the best tool for the job. But the chances are you could be using them better if you knew them, and that SQL that they understand, a little better. What are the most useful aspects of relational databases for a general programmer to understand?

As always, we’ll take some time for your general thoughts, questions, and ideas. See you there!

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’ll meet most Fridays at noon at the Wright Brothers Institute. Check meetup to make sure we’re meeting on a particular Friday.

Many people can’t make that time, so join our mailing list to discuss possible times for an alternative session.

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

We customarily meet on the !2nd Wednesday of every month from !7pm to !9pm in the back part of the main room at the Dayton Chess Club. The address is

18 W 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402

The telephone contact is 937-461-6283

Here’s a map. Sometimes parking is hard to find, though all the metered spots are free after 6pm. If you’re lucky, you can find parking on 5th street in front of the building. There is also usually parking on a (sadly unmarked on all of the online maps we could find) road that goes between 4th and 5th street between Main street and Ludlow.


Larger Map

Earlier reports about being unable to use the Chess Club on Wednesdays turned out to be wrong (or at least premature)! So our meeting place remains unchanged, but keep an eye on the mailing list in case of future changes.

After-the-Meetup-Dinner

We typically walk over to the Spaghetti Warehouse (a few doors west of the Dayton Chess Club) for dinner & conversation after the meeting. You’re welcome to come.

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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