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PyKC Monthly Meetup

MindMixer // 1735 Baltimore Ave // Kansas City, MO None

MindMixer kindly offered to host this meetup. They will be providing food and drink. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to allow for proper planning. Thank you!

Matt Barr will present Django REST Framework: The Web API framework for perfectionists who like to take naps.

Some day in the future we'll all be enjoying a refreshing cup of Dippin' Dots on our space-porches reminiscing about all the quaint and rustic SOAP, WSDL, RPC, and other, stranger, formats we used to expose our web services with. Like Dippin' Dots (the ice-cream of the future), RESTful architectures have been around for awhile and will also dominate the web services of the future. With it's extremely successful Kickstarter last month, Django REST Framework is a prime platform to consider for you next set of web-services. In this talk we'll look at:

• REST - how? why?

• General structure of a Django REST Framework endpoint/system

• How DRF ties in to the Django code you already know and love

• Vastly better service documentation with DRF (how to quickly get the JavaScript guys excited)

• Vastly better analytics with DRF + middleware (how to quickly get the architect excited)

• Some honest gotchas


Andrew will present Learning Python Through Python Koans.


Python Koans is an interactive tutorial for learning the Python programming language by making tests pass.

Most tests are fixed by filling the missing parts of assert functions. Eg:

self.assertEqual(__, 1+2)


which can be fixed by replacing the __ part with the appropriate code:

self.assertEqual(3, 1+2)


Occasionally you will encounter some failing tests that are already filled out. In these cases you will need to finish implementing some code to progress. For example, there is an exercise for writing some code that will tell you if a triangle is equilateral, isosceles or scalene.

As well as being a great way to learn some Python, it is also a good way to get a taste of Test Driven Development (TDD).

There should be ample time for lightning talks.

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