Pylabs returns

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Tomorrow evening Pylabs is back with a new format and with a new Host James Rennison, whom some of you may know from other workshops that he’s hosted over the past year with us.

A huge thank you to Kathryn for setting up and establishing PyLAB.

For 2021 we’re going to start developing an application with multiple interfaces, interacting with multiple third-party systems. We’ll start preparing Python packages, writing code that can be reused, tested and deployed.

To do this we are going to try to use some of the tools and processes adopted by a lot of organisations. The idea is to keep this fun and practical while allowing participants to get an idea not just about how to write great code, but also how to ensure the code meets a standard, priorities are delivered and dependencies identified.

We’ll try out different approaches to find out what works for us, but we will start with an introduction to the Agile methodology, Scrum and look to adapt it to our needs.

The first workshop will be an introduction to how we will start with the Scrum ceremonies.

We’ll start to prepare and refine our first user stories and establish a cadence for the group. If you’d like to know a little more about writing code as part of a team, what Agile code development means or have something you’d like to contribute, please join us. There’s no expectation of commitment beyond the workshop.

Hope to see you on Workshop Wednesday! (signup under CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays if you are a member of Codehub)

WebDev101 @Workshop Wednesday

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Rob Squires is running the WebDev101 this year with a great project that you can all get involved with

As of January 2021 WebDev101 will be focused on building a new website for https://www.bristoltechfair.org/

Whether you’re a complete novice or quite comfortable with your WebDev skills, there will be plenty of oppurtunity to learn new things! We’ll be building this website from the ground up so you can understand what goes into building a site from start to finish.

The project has been worked on with Marija Sta who has done all of the UX for it and has handed it over to the group for Development which Rob is keen to aiming at absolute beginners. Its also open though to anyone wanting to help out and add to their portfolios (more experienced) or mentor members and also non techies who are keen to get involved looking for resources and content for the site.

The Website is the one we used for our event last year and has such a great name that we’ve decided to put it to use to support younger members of school age to get into Tech. During the lockdown we are aware that some schools have been better resourced than others so we figured building something to support all schools to have the knowledge and access to the free resources out there made perfect sense both for the current crisis but also moving forward for children not engaging within school.

If you are involved with schools then this may also be of interest to you to feed into. It is obviously tech-related as that’s our specialism for the first pass, but we hope the community can build a great resource site to engage with children and give them an affordable and comprehensible way in which to engage with Tech.

There is no deadline for the website so people are welcome to work at their own pace with support from the group. We’re really excited about it as we’ve seen the UX design that Marija has done for it and it looks great.

It’s a collaborative project between women’s tech hub and codehub so we are hoping for a great diverse mix of people. It’s also a great place to come and learn new skills for free and there’s no prerequisite for knowledge so come along (they’re a really helpful bunch!).

You can sign up on Workshop Wednesdays or on CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

“Think Like A Hacker” on the 18th of November

Workshop Wednesdays

Next weeks great lineup is as great as ever – and, as ever, it costs nothing: just signup HERE.

Last time we had a choice of speakers when Matt was planned and we have learnt our lesson, so we’ve moved on to having a single speaker/workshop in the second half so you don’t have to choose!

Think Like A Hacker by Matt Brunt

Much in the same way that to secure a house it helps to know how to break in, knowing how to attack our systems will help us secure them. You have a lot of data in your organisations. Whether you think it’s sensitive or not, it has value. Whether an attacker wants data for profit, a grudge, or just for fun we need to ensure that we don’t just leave the door open for them to take what they want.

In this session we’ll start to think like a hacker. The what, why, who, where and how of an attacking mindset will leave you with practical steps you can take away and use to start protecting your systems a little better.

This isn’t a picture of him btw (honest)..

We’ll also have 2 workshops beforehand, Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning are currently taking a break and will hopefully reform in a new format in the new year, more suited to online. If anyone wants to do any talks though please mail us on info@wthub.org.

We are planning to run on until the 16th of December before taking a break so please continue to join us for…

Workshop #1 PyLAB

Python Advanced Learning group

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PractPyLABising is cool


(Taken off their Slack discussion)
“continuing with our projects. In particular, @Jack Quinton generously offered to build on Anna’s work on TeamGroove (aka ‘the spotify voting app) to provide a fuller specification.” this may update

Workshop #2 WedDev101

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WebDEV101

Project surgery/open discussion for anyone with projects to share, questions to ask, support wanted etc

Need a portfolio site? Check out our Wednesday lineup

Workshop Wednesdays

Next week’s great lineup is as great as ever – and, as ever, it costs nothing: just signup HERE.

Workshop #1 PyLAB (Python Advanced Beginners)

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PractPyLABising is cool

Continuing and sharing on the Robert Heatons projects for advanced beginners.
Also:
Working on the Spotify app that Anna suggested. The initial document is here. Over the next couple of weeks we will all get up to speed on what is suggested and ask questions to make sure we are ‘on the same page’.

Workshop #2 WedDev101

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WebDEV101

Project surgery/open discussion for anyone with projects to share, questions to ask, support wanted etc

This is the group for anyone working in Web Development and all the great stuff around it for more details on the group see the webpage here. Rob will be running a workshop in the second half – see details below.

Workshop #3 Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning

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BDSML

Time to carry on learning! Or talk about difficulties and challenges since last session – we are here to help. We are currently focusing on the fast.ai ‘Practical Deep Learning for Coders 2020’ course (https://course.fast.ai/)
you can also join up on their group here

Workshop/Talk #4 Portfolio Sites

Rob Squires from WEbdev101 is going to talk us through how to set up a portfolio site with Gatsby.js and Netlify.  For all of you out there freelancing or job hunting why not join Rob and learn how you can showcase your talents with a career portfolio site.  Gatsby and Netifly are perfect tools for hosting and managing a site that can best sell you for potential jobs in a time in which is a complex job market and you need to get ahead of the curve.

Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 21st

Workshop Wednesdays

Next weeks great lineup is as great as ever – and, as ever, it costs nothing: just signup HERE.

Workshop #1 PyLAB

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PractPyLABising is cool


… we will continue with current projects as we all had more to do – either to finish or to improve. Also, @gicela has been looking at a few resources for a possible longer-term project, and @Jack Quinton suggested that we might choose an API to develop a tool/app

Workshop #2 WedDev101

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WebDEV101

Workshop – to be confirmed what on – currently possibly 90-minute prototypes…

Followed by a project surgery/open discussion for anyone with projects to share, questions to ask, support wanted etc

Workshop #3 Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning

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BDSML

Time to carry on learning! Or talk about difficulties and challenges since last session – we are here to help. We are currently focusing on the fast.ai ‘Practical Deep Learning for Coders 2020’ course (https://course.fast.ai/)

Workshop/Talk #4 ‘intro to’ Talk with James on Containers and Docker – and apparently this is nothing to do with ships!! .. who knew??

Workshop/Talk #5 approaching app security from a hackers perspective by Matt Brunt

Much in the same way that to secure a house it helps to know how to break in, knowing how to attack our systems will help us secure them. You have a lot of data in your organisations. Whether you think it’s sensitive or not, it has value. Whether an attacker wants data for profit, a grudge, or just for fun we need to ensure that we don’t just leave the door open for them to take what they want.

In this session we’ll start to think like a hacker. The what, why, who, where and how of an attacking mindset will leave you with practical steps you can take away and use to start protecting your systems a little better.

This isn’t a picture of him btw (honest)..

For those of you who either couldn’t make it last week OR couldn’t decide between the 2 great talks we are lucky that Zack recorded his talk on TDD (Test Driven Development) and it is now available on youtube.