Well, last night was my last BayPiggies meeting for a few years. The speakers were Mikeal Rogers & Adam Christian from the Open Source Applications Foundation, presenting their new automated web U.I. testing framework, Windmill.
It was a pretty neat demo; if I actually did any serious web development, I would consider using it (or the preexisting Selenium tool) for testing. Being that it was a python user's group rather than a product show-and-tell, I would have liked more details about how Windmill worked, especially from the python side, but I am assured it is "really really really really cool". ;) I guess I'll have to find time to read the code myself.
Anyway, afterwards I got to hang out with my buddies JJ and Zach for a while and chat over a burger. I'm afraid mine was not particularly stimulating conversation, but I'm really looking forward to finding out what exactly it is JJ has been coding up over at MultiCosmic. He assures me it will go live in a few days, and that I'll have to wait to learn what it is when everyone else does. :) I just know it involves FaceBook.
I've only been going to BayPiggies for the past couple of months, but I'm going to miss the monthly chance to learn about some new tool or technology utilizing python. More importantly, I'm going to miss the opportunity to hang out and hear the state-of-web-development address from JJ (he admitted he loves Rails, by the way :) ). Hopefully, I'll still see Zach from time to time in Tokyo.
Speaking of which, I have yet to find a web page for a Python user's group in Tokyo; pyJug doesn't appear to actually hold casual group meetings just weekend retreats and workshop-style meetings. That sounds like fun, but not quite the casual get-together I've gotten used to with BAFUG and BayPiggies meetings.