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Python for Series 60 Slides July 10, 2006

Posted by randism in Python, Slides.
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Hartti Suomela from Nokia, who spoke at our June 2006 meeting, just sent me the a link to the presentation slides. If you are interested in learning more about PyS60, you can also find more information at the Nokia PyS60 site.

Mike Rowehl, who also participated in the presentation, posted a lengthy summary of the talk here.

Finally, Hartti informed me that Nokia has just released a version of PyS60 for 3rd Edition devices. You find the new release at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pys60.


O’Reilly Books Raffled Off at Emerging Technology SIG June 11, 2006

Posted by Bill in Python, SDForum, SIG Meetings.
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This week's Emerging Technology SIG promises to be a great one.

Not only will our speakers talk about Python on cell-phones.

Not only we will get a chance to discover, first hand, whether Mike Rowehl is serious about a diet of pure monkey chow.

We'll also be raffling off O'Reilly book (Python and Ruby related). So if you want to win a copy of the Python Pocket Reference or the Python Cookbook, stop on by. We'll be raffling off two of each.

Python, Smartphones, and More at the Next Emerging Technology SIG May 27, 2006

Posted by Bill in Python, SDForum, SIG Meetings.
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Mike Rowehl and Hartti Suomela are our guest presenter’s at this months meeting (Wednesday June 14). The topic this month: Python for the Nokia Series 60 Smartphone. Python is poised to play a significant role for Smartphones with Nokia’s latest S60 release. Mike and Hartti will be discussing the latest Python for S60 release as well as demonstrating just how easy it can be to create Smartphone applications.

Where: Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto,
Room H-1. Here's a link that gives directions to Cubberley:
When: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
7:00 Registration, Pizza, networking, and small-talk
7:20 Intro by Rand Bradley, Emerging Tech SIG Co-chair
7:30 Mike Rowehl and Hartti Suomela, Python for the Nokia Series 60


Have you ever wanted to develop Smartphone applications, but were put off by the intricacies of high-performance C++ programming? Now you no longer need to be a Smartphone specialist to develop applications for the Smartphone. Nokia is continually making application development easier and easier by releasing language platform SDKs for Java and more recently Python.

Python is considered one of the easiest programming languages to learn and is noted for its ability to rapidly building applications. Nokia brings these strengths to the S60 platform by fully integrating the Python language. All API’s and hardware features are available to Python as well as a fully integration user interface layer for building native look and feel applications. On top of that, Nokia recently released Python for S60 under the Apache license (see http://sourceforge.net/projects/pys60).

At this month’s meeting, we will learn more about the capabilities of Python for S60 and an introduction to just how easy it is to create S60 applications with Python. The presentation will also demonstrate:

  • Using the python interpreter interactively from a PC
  • The native Smartphone UI library
  • Capturing an image from the built in camera
  • Communicating with other devices via Bluetooth
  • Making requests via the cellular interface
  • Communicating with web services (Yahoo, Flickr, Ning)


Mike is an independent consultant and contractor working on mobile systems. He's the organizer and co-founder of the Silicon Valley chapter of Mobile Monday (http://www.mobilemonday.us) and has been instrumental in spreading the group to other areas. Mike has a particular concentration on open source in mobile solutions, both on the server and device sides. He has 12 years of experience programming with and for Linux based solutions and has made extensive use of web tools and techniques.


Hartti is a long time Nokian, his current position is Senior Technology Expert in Forum Nokia, which provides developers with a broad range of technical support, knowledge, discussion boards, training opportunities, and information on application testing and usability. Previously he worked in the Software Lab of Nokia Research Center and coordinated Nokia's collaboration with Stanford Media X. During his years in NRC he has worked in various mobile projects in the field of media, advertising, mobile Web, health, and usability.

BayPython Django talk on Google Video May 5, 2006

Posted by randism in Community Events, Python.
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The Django talk given by Jacob Kaplan-Moss at Google on April 26 was recorded and has been posted on Google Video. We hope to have Jacob talk for the Emerging Tech SIG in the future.

The talk was excellent and I highly recommend reviewing the video recording. You can find the video here:

django: Web Development for Perfectionists with Deadlines

Python Interest Group special meeting on Django April 24, 2006

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Jacob Kaplan-Moss, a lead developer for the open source web framework Django is in town this week and speaking at a special meeting of the Bay Area Python Interest Group. For those of you not familiar with Django, it is a new web application framework gaining popularity in the Python community for its ability to rapidly build web applications.

The special meeting is this Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm at Google, Building 43, Tunis room. It is recommended to come early to sign in.