Saturday, February 24, 2007

PyCon web frameworks panel notes

I represented Spyce for the web frameworks panel. It was pretty cool looking out at the standing-room-only crowd, even though let's face it, most people were not there because of Spyce. :)

James Bennett and Matt Harrison have notes posted online.

Friday, February 23, 2007

PyCon SqlSoup slides

I uploaded my slides for my Sunday SqlSoup talk, so they're linked in the schedule now. I also uploaded them here.

Update: the module I showed is here.

PyCon open-space talk on Spyce after the web frameworks panel

I'll demonstrate writing a simple app with Spyce, including the most painless Ajax you have ever seen. Come check it out at 3:40 in the Bent Tree II room.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

PyCon SQLAlchemy tutorial slides

My SQLAlchemy tutorial went pretty well for the most part. It was a fast pace but most people kept up pretty well. If I did it again I would add more of an intro to ORM in general for people who had never used one, but over half the attendees had used SO or django's or tried SA already. I would also paste more code from my slides into the samples download to save people typing during the exercises (I had some, but I would do more next time).

I think most people liked it; the main exception was one fellow who was in way way over his head and visibly pissed about it. (I used a list comprehension at one point and he had no idea what it was.)

The slides are here. (The .py files referred to in the slides have also been moved to the jellis/ subdirectory.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Spyce at PyCon

I'll be representing Spyce as a late addition to the Web Frameworks panel. I'm also planning a lightning talk on Ajax in Spyce 2.2 (which will be released as soon as I finish getting the docs in shape) and an open-space Introduction to Spyce.

See you there!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Best Google Tech Talks?

My wife got me a PSP for Valentine's Day, so I'm looking for videos to put on it. Since Google makes it so easy to get a PSP-compatible version, I thought I'd start with theirs... Recommendations?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

SQLAlchemy slides

I presented on SQLAlchemy at the Utah python user group last Thursday; slides are linked here.

In retrospect, for a shorter presentation like this I should probably spend more time talking about the ORM features, and less about the SQL layer. Although the SQL layer is useful on its own, and essential for doing advanced mapping, I don't think it has the sex appeal that the ORM has.

(Although I do think the first part, about why ORMs should allow you to take advantage of your database's strengths rather than being limited to a MySQL 3 feature set, was useful.)