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Workshops for the masses!


Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 18:00 (BST)

Workshops for the masses!

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Several great workshops (including JQuery, Rails, Vim, …) have taken place in recent weeks, and we’d like some more – particularly drawing on the great skills and talent we have in the area.

To help this along, we’re trying something different this month: the evening will be devoted to a series of short workshops on a range of topics with the overall intent of (a) giving people practical ideas and motivation on how to run their own workshops in various areas and (b) giving people a taste of  some real workshops that could happen given suitable demand.

The format will be a series of half-hour (ish) sessions in each of three rooms we have booked, with people welcome to drop in/out according to what they are interested in.

We have several expert speakers (four with extensive practical teaching experience) on the following topics:

  •  A Tourist's Guide to Django (Python's foremost web framework)
  • Vagrant: virtualising your development environment
  • Introduction to Regular Expressions (fast text matching)
  • Random Topic One: live planning and delivery
  • Random Topic Two: a bit more of the same

The random topics will be chosen on the night (within reason), particularly to make the point that you  don't need weeks to prepare and can still do useful things!


Please indicate your preferences when registering - this will help us to decide on the running order. 



More detail on the sessions, where appropriate

Jamie Curle -- A Tourist's Guide to Django
Jamie Curle (c&c Design/Obscure Metaphor) gives a guided tour through the Django framework as if it were a busy Fair Ground full of HTTP Requests & Responses having a great time on Django's many fun rides. Along the way we'll ride on attractions as URL Dispatcher, The ORM, Forms, The infamous Admin, Caching, Testing and more*. We'll also follow the lifecyle of an HTTP request & watch how Django uses it to give birth to an HTTP response. * please note the Pink Pony Merry-Go-Round is always out of order.
Michael Peacock -- Vagrant: virtualising your development environment
Web developers use virtual environments every day with their web applications. From EC2 and Rackspace Cloud to specialized solutions such as EngineYard and Heroku, virtualization is the tool of choice for easy deployment and infrastructure management. Vagrant aims to take those very same principles and put them to work in the heart of the application lifecycle. By providing easy to configure, lightweight, reproducible, and portable virtual machines targeted at development environments, Vagrant helps maximize your productivity and flexibility.
Paul Callaghan -- Introduction to Regular Expressions
Most developers find some kind of regular expression skills useful. We'll cover the basics and look at some key ideas and useful idioms.

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Super Mondays is a strong and vibrant community of IT enthusiasts based in The North East of England. We meet up once a month for a range of IT user group meetings and some unstructured discussions.

There is no membership, no fees and no rules.the community is basically undefined! If you want to attend then just come along.

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