Monday, March 3, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Sample Chapter - Head First Python

PRPIG Offering free access to O'Reilly Python Book Samples

As part of the O'Reilly User Group program, we have access to a library of O'Reilly book samples.  I'll be
sharing some of them that I think might be helpful for our community.

The first is Head First Python.  If you've been struggling with getting started, perhaps the Head First series might be able to help.  Designed and written using a completely new approach to teaching complex topics, the Head First books offer a fresh perspective on learning Python.

Head First Python - Sample

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 3/03/2014 10:37:00 AM

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

[DONDEQUIERA] Wealth Destruction - A Black Hole of Despair Devouring Our Dreams In the Night

A Black Hole of Despair
Devouring Our Dreams In the Night
For me, the most shocking part our Puerto Rico's ongoing recession (depression?), is the vast fortunes of wealth that have disappeared.  Plant closings are huge write-offs for most corporations.  Think of it, they literally write those resources off of their books.  Instant wealth destruction.  What once had value, now has none.

Here is another sad tale of the ever-vanishing value* of Puerto Rico:

Three Pharmaceutical Companies to Close Plants in Puerto Rico
Abbott Laboratories ($ABT) is cutting jobs, with plans to whack a plant in Puerto Rico. The company just won't say how many jobs are on the chopping block. Abbott spokesman Scott Stoffel mentioned plans to close a manufacturing plant in Barceloneta in mid-2015.  Abbott has about 1,500 employees across the island.  
The plant closure is another tough hit for that part of Puerto Rico. In November, Pfizer ($PFE) said it would shutter a plant in Barceloneta by 2017 but couldn't say how many employees will lose jobs as a result. It has three plants and about 2,700 employees on the island. 
At about the same time, Merck ($MRK) said it would cease production at an active pharmaceutical ingredient plant in Barceloneta late in 2014 and move the formulation and packaging done at the facility to a contractor. It also intends to move formulation operations at its plant in Arecibo to its Las Piedras facility, and all of that work will go to a contractor by the end of 2016, it said.
From FiercePharma.

wealth destruction = less wealth ≈ less value

Publicado por Blogger en DONDEQUIERA el 2/04/2014 01:35:00 p. m.

Monday, February 3, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Less than 3 weeks!

#PuertoRico #Python #userGroup hosting an evening of #LightningTalks on February 20th:

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 2/03/2014 04:13:00 AM

Sunday, February 2, 2014

[Guagua Pública] YouTube's Affiliate Revenues Dropping Due To Lower Ad Prices

On YouTube, only thousands of channels, among the millions available earn six figures in ad revenue

Olga Kay, who already earns six figures in ad revenue, shares a growing list of worries with other creators: the precipitously dropping prices that advertisers are willing to pay, the huge increases in uploaded content that has made it harder for viewers to find their work, and the escalating costs of producing higher-quality content.

Robert Kyncl, Google’s head of content and business operations, acknowledged the fundamental tension built into the YouTube business model. Yes, he acknowledged, revenue per views is depressed and will probably drop even further in the near future as high-growth markets like Brazil and Russia continue to expand.

Posted By Blogger to Guagua Pública at 2/02/2014 10:37:00 AM

Saturday, February 1, 2014

[DONDEQUIERA] Puerto Rico Vanishes from the S&P 500

Well it might not actually be an example of vanishing wealth, in January, Puerto Rico bonds facing possible junk ratings were pulled from the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index.  Standards and Poor claimed the decision was because of [Puerto Rico]s debt's outsized yields and spotty liquidity.

Bottom line, S&P just made it harder to keep our bond industry from crashing and burning.   The policy shift, announced Jan. 8 and effective last Friday, raises worries that demand for Puerto Rico debt from investors tracking the index will soften when the Caribbean island is readying a bond sale or other possible financing.

Publicado por Blogger en DONDEQUIERA el 2/01/2014 08:19:00 p. m.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Map to the Puerto Rico Science and Technology Trust

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Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 1/30/2014 10:00:00 AM

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] February prPIG Meeting

Puerto Rico Python User Group Celebrates First Anniversary

One year ago the Puerto Rico Python Interest Group (prPIG) was founded on one purpose; to create a sustainable user community based on software development in Puerto Rico. On February 20, 2014 we will celebrate our first anniversary with an open format meeting with lightning talks from the community.

prPIG is looking for volunteers from the community that are willing to give a short introduction to their favorite Python library, some popular modules we'd like to see include: math, decimal, datetime, time, dateutil, re, sqlite, json, urllib2, pyquery, and sh. Suggestions are also welcome.

During their first year, the Puerto Rico Python user group hosted 18 events, and established an active community online. According to founder Kevin Shockey, “prPIG has successfully established an online network that is helping to sustain our software development user group in Puerto Rico. We've gained many new partners and collaborators in our first year. They have really helped us and we look forward to more collaborative opportunities.”

The February meeting of prPIG will be held at 7:00pm in 2nd Floor Conference Room, Puerto Rico Science, Research, & Technology Trust, Rd. 21, Río Piedras.

Note: prPIG is kindly sponsored by the Internet Society, through their Community Grant program. We are deeply grateful for all of the support we have received so far, it has been well beyond our wildest expectations.

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 1/28/2014 09:07:00 AM