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 Dayton’s Innovation Hub, 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.

August 2022: Packaging and Poetry

August 10, 2022

August topic: Packaging and Poetry

Matt Alioto has been diving deep into Poetry, and will lead discussion on how packages define their dependencies, and why we should care.

We’ll put particular focus on packaging in Python - the problems that Python’s older packaging systems have led to, and the improvements that pyproject.toml-based tools like Poetry bring.

August topic: Packaging and Poetry

Matt Alioto has been diving deep into Poetry, and will lead discussion on how packages define their dependencies, and why we should care.

We’ll put particular focus on packaging in Python - the problems that Python’s older packaging systems have led to, and the improvements that pyproject.toml-based tools like Poetry bring.

This month, we’re also going to premier a new meeting feature: the Design Topic of the Month. Each month, we’ll describe a design principle that other programmers have proposed to help guide good program design, and spend a few minutes discussing it. For August, we’ll discuss Chesterton’s Fence.

Innovation Hub - not Brixx!

We’ve begun to meet 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.

Street parking is free in the evening. I usually park on Ludlow Street.

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if for any reason coming downtown doesn’t work for you (for instance, you’ve been exposed to COVID, or 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.

September 2022: Rust

September 14, 2022

September topic: Rust

Rust combines C-like speed with beautiful modern language design and ironclad memory safety. It’s often rated as the most beloved language in developers’ surveys, and is being used in an increasing number of applications.

We’ve looked at Rust in 2019, but this time we have a genuine Rustacean to guide our way: Jim Carr!
And techniques for tying Rust into programs written in languages like Python have continued to develop, so you can easily write hybrid applications that use each language where it’s easiest.

Innovation Hub - not Brixx!

We’ve begun to meet 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.

Street parking is free in the evening. I usually park on Ludlow Street.

or

if for any reason coming downtown doesn’t work for you (for instance, you’ve been exposed to COVID, or 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

time change to 2 PM

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 2 PM (changed from 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 7 to 9 pm at Dayton’s Innovation Hub

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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