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June 14, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Python 3 Argument Sketch Slides

Here are the slides from my Python talk at OLS this afternoon.

May 25, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Python on Android, Django Unit Testing at OPAG

Ottawa Python Authors Group meeting tomorrow Thursday May 26 at 8p.m. Best of all it's not me talking this time!

Hope you can make it out.

May 20, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Python 2 and 3 Slides

Catching up on some more old business: here are the slides from the Python 2 and Python 3 talk I gave at last month's OCLUG meeting.

I am also preparing some Python tutorials for the upcoming 2011 Linux Symposium in Ottawa June 13-15. Hope you can make it.

May 14, 2011

Ian Ward
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» IPv6 Summit Summary

I'm late with this update (busy catching up on other work that I neglected last month) but I must report that the Ottawa IPv6 Summit went far better than I had hoped: Great turn-out, great venue, great talks and great food.

Pictures are now available from Richard Guy Briggs and we're working on putting the talk videos online with the help of ISI Global Webcasting.

The space at Telfer School of Management was ideal, and the Telfer volunteers got everyone registered helped everything run really smoothly all day.

It was tons of work, but I look forward to doing it again. Maybe I'll even catch more than a couple talks in person next time.

April 14, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Ottawa IPv6 Summit Early Registration

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for the early registration discount.

The preliminary schedule has been posted. Register now!

April 4, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Python Talk at OCLUG on Tuesday

I will be giving a talk on Python 2 and Python 3 at the Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group meeting on Tuesday. Hope to see you there.

March 26, 2011

Ian Ward
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» IPv6 Summit Speakers Posted

The nearly-complete list of speakers for the Ottawa IPv6 Summit is now available. Register by April 15 for the best prices.

March 23, 2011

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» OGRE March meeting – Redis

Ever find memcached is just too limited?

Apparently Redis is the newest. It allows you to store key-value pairs, lists, sets, and even perform set operations, and have them go to disk or expire. I think Jonathan did the show and tell? There are client libraries for a bunch of languages.


  • I didn’t stay for the code wars after.
  • The pizza was great.
  • That’s a weird tap in the kitchen – twist for temperature setting, “push” to turn it on – that’s push toward the wall, not “push in”. Andrew and I had to ask.
  • Nice to see some mixing between Ottawa groups – Andrew, Michael, Adrian, maybe more.
  • Ottawa indie game group, “The Dirty Rectangles” was mentioned –
  • International Game Developers Associations (IGDA) was mentioned:

Tagged: groups, Ottawa, Ottawa groups

March 22, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Python Data Structures at the Pub Wednesday

The Ottawa Python Authors Group is gathering at the Georgetown pub on Wednesday March 23. The theme of this meeting is Python Data Structures and String Processing. It's a great topic for beginners and experienced python users alike. Hope to see you there.

March 17, 2011

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» Review: Ottawa Android Developers Group

The Ottawa Android group met at 6:30pm at The Code Factory. More people should know about this group. It was a lively meeting with useful information every minute.

About the Meeting Space

It’s The Code Factory. It works well for small groups up to 30 people, and has room for larger groups, up to 80 people in theory.

About the Group


Yeah, there were just 9 of us. Most were developers. Several are new to Android and Apps. No women this time. Mature, err “experienced” group, probably two under 30.

Group interaction

We had a great time! Banter and side tracks were fun and valuable. There is a mail list and the web site has recent posts.

About the meeting


Chris presented a report on the Android Developers Convention, AnDevCon The First. Gee, that sounds formal. Actually we sidetracked him and asked questions while he tried to get through his list of seminars and classes. It seems to have been targeted at people new to Android.


Some people were there when I arrived at 6:25pm. I think it actually started about 6:40pm. We left just before 8:00pm.

After the meeting gathering

My favourite size for an after-meeting pub discussion is now 5 people, as that was how many of us were at the Royal Oak. Informative, relevant. entertaining discussion and jive continued down the street and into the bar. We left just before 10:00pm.

Cost? My half-Guinness and dessert came to $13 with tax.

Tagged: groups, Ottawa, Ottawa groups, review

March 11, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Ottawa IPv6 Summit

Registration for the Ottawa IPv6 Summit has just opened. Also if you want to present a talk (in particular something suitable for the business/management stream) there is still some time to submit a proposal.

The summit will be held Friday April 29 in downtown Ottawa at the new Desmarais building in the University of Ottawa campus. There will be some great talks, a good lunch, fast wireless, power at every seat and plenty of interesting people. I'll post again when the schedule is available.

The conference is being organized by a small group of volunteers, including myself. If your company is willing to sponsor the event please contact the Ottawa IPv6 Summit. The money will go directly into making the conference better for everyone attending.

March 10, 2011

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» Exar quietly kills off Neterion product line

Bert Hill covered the Exar/Neterion layoff story in the Ottawa Citizen.


Tagged: computer industry, Ottawa

March 1, 2011

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» Yet Another Disposition, A?


Got laid off today. With the whole team. First layoff for one of the guys. Insert philosophical discussion about the industry here, because I don’t have time.


Tagged: computer industry, Ottawa

February 17, 2011

Ian Ward
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» Moving to Python 3

My article on supporting Python 2 and Python 3 from the same code base is now freely available on The article is based on my recent work on Urwid's Python 3 support. I owe thanks to the people that started and contributed the compatibility work on github and bitbucket. I'm looking forward to a release with Python 3 support very soon.

I also gave a talk at last night's OPAG about these changes. Thank you to all those that came out, we should have these meetings more regularly. Maybe back at the pub next time?

January 11, 2011

Ian Ward
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» OPAG Pub Meeting Tuesday

The Ottawa Python Authors Group is gathering at the Georgetown pub tomorrow. The meeting is open and unstructured this time. I'll be there presenting a bit of my recent work with Python 3 and hg-git.

December 9, 2010

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» These are a few of my favourite groups

Ottawa has a wonderful software scene! I especially like the following groups, and go often, for the technical talks and networking.

  • OCLUG – Ottawa Canada Linux User Group
    • I have been going for several years. It’s the biggest of these groups, not often below 20 people, sometimes up to about 50. What else is good? Lively discussion at the Beer SIG after, active email list, dedicated board, both new and experienced people feel welcome, academic members, wide range of interesting topics.
  • OGRE – Ottawa Group of Ruby Enthusiasts
    • This group generally has a full house of about 20 or so people in their smaller intimate space at Shopify, and the buffet brings out people early for active discussions. More goodness? Active mail list with actual code, latest trends in software development, both Open Source and commercial products discussed, short presentations with live demos at the meetings, pros and newbies, developers and designers.
  • Agile Ottawa
    • This group has easily the nicest space in Ottawa software groups, sharp full-length technical presentations on Agile Software Development and related topics and generally a very good bar talk after. More! Active LinkedIn group, easily the highest ratio of bloggers to readers in any group in the city, consultants and developers, experienced and new, Scrum or Kanban or personalised process, out-of-town presenters.
  • CapCHI
    • The Capital Computer Human Interface group has polished academic and industry presentations, with generally 20 to 30 people. Light snacks facilitate the before-meeting. What else is fantastic? Discussions after at the bar, grad students + professors + government + industry, developers and designers, software and hardware.
  • Ottawa Scrum User Group
    • A group I’ve only dropped in on twice, but already one of my favourites with great audience participation in casual, focused talks on mostly the Scrum end of the Agile Software Development movement. More betters? Developers + hiring managers + a couple of consultants, government and hi-tech, students and experienced developers, newbies to master Scrum leaders. The before-menu varies but there’s lots.

The terms “beer” and “bar” refer to a gathering in a chattering place where some people imbibe, but you don’t have to. I have enjoyed lots of groups in the city, but prefer locations I can easily reach by bus, so I may be missing some of the best.

Click on “Ottawa Groups” at the top of the page for meeting details.

Tagged: Ottawa groups

December 5, 2010

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» December Agile joint meeting

The Agile Ottawa and Ottawa Scrum groups are having a joint meeting at QNX this month.

Tues Dec 14, 6pm for networking, meeting at 6:30pm, at QNX, 175 Terence Matthews Crescent, Ottawa, Ontario.

Tagged: Ottawa groups

November 24, 2010

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» Ottawa Android developer group

I added the Ottawa Android developer group to the “Ottawa Groups” page.

Thanks, Chris!

Tagged: groups, Ottawa

October 26, 2010

Rob Echlin
Talk Software
» Agile Ottawa: Nov 9 – Tips for a smoother running sprint

Location: Adobe’s offices on Preston St, just south of the 417

– Networking: 6:00-6:30pm
– Presentation: 6:30-8:00pm
– Heart & Crown afterward

Presenter: Steffan Surdek

Steffan is one of the co-authors of the IBM Press book “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum”. I have read this book and it succinctly covers all the main topics you will need to address with Agile teams in multiple locations. I look forward to meeting Steffan and hearing his presentation.

November meeting details and outline of the presentation.

Tagged: groups, Ottawa, team tools

October 20, 2010

Ian Ward
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» OCLUG Web Site to Become a Wiki

The Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group board of directors has decided to retire their Django meeting announcement web site and replace it with a plain wiki.

But, it's been a great run for close to 4 years:

  • 69 meetings posted, always up-to-date
  • 65 speakers
  • 34 local Linux jobs posted
  • hundreds of members' blog posts aggregated
  • zero maintenance time (removal of old meetings & jobs is automatic)
  • zero reported defects
  • zero down time