django-district April Recap
Thanks again to everyone who came out to the first django-district! We had a great turnout and 2 great presentations. A recap follows…
We’ll meet the last Thursday of each month at Discovery. We talked about the mailing list and encouraged those who haven’t signed up to join. There are also two twitter accounts to follow for updates: @django_district and @richleland.
Meeting focus: APIs
Everyone was pretty familiar w/APIs, so I skipped any intro to APIs and just showed some examples of usage and resources. Links are included in my slides to external resources and django applicaitons.
Presentation: Derek Willis from NYTimes.com
After some technical difficulties with our wireless and monitor adapters, Derek presented Represent. He included a great background on the NYTimes.com team and how Represent was constructed using GeoDjango, PostgreSQL with PostGIS, and GEOS. He mentioned some new features the NYTimes.com team was working on for Represent, which have since been released. An API for Represent may be available in June or July.
Presentation: Justin Quick from The Washington Times
Justin presented Open Source @ The Washington Times. He provided information on The Washington Times team and server architecture and proceeded to discuss his team’s open source projects, including django- apibuilder. He wrote a blog post which includes slides.
The May meeting will take place May 28 at 7pm at Discovery. Several members offered to host future django-district events at their offices as well. We’ll have the first few meetings at Discovery to get things off the ground and then have some future meetings at other locationsto mix things up. Other events of note:
- DC EuroDjangoCon sprints – May 7-8 – locaiton TBD
- django dash – May 30-31
I’m looking for suggestions for future topics. Jim Kukla and Ian Peters offered to present some of their work at a future meeting (I’ll take you up on that offer!). If you have any ideas or would like to present, let me know! Ian also suggested including 5-minute lightning talks in the meetings. If you have an idea for a lightning talk let’s do it.
I hope everyone had a great time. Look forward to seeing all of you again on May 28! Thanks for coming!