Friday, January 06, 2012

SyPy in the pub with Malcolm Tredinnick

An informative, entertaining, tasty, thirst-quenching meeting of the Sydney Python group was held last night in a pub in the Sydney CBD (instead of at Google for a change).

The new venue had has pros and cons. On the plus side, we could order Thai food which was delivered to us when ready; it's a nice central location, just near Town Hall; and the house beer was just $3.60 a scooner. The down sides were some street noise and a bit of a flow of patrons through the presentation looking for dunnies.

Malcolm, a long time Django contributor, ran through the top security risks and talked about how Django protected us from ourselves in general. I've had the experience of one of my apps being formally externally security audited. Being a Django app it came up pretty well except for a few things that I had introduced.

Malcolm pointed out that Django's attention to security ironically makes us more likely to be kidnapped and "rubber hosed" by attackers!

It was great to get together and as always the chats with others in attendance were interesting and valuable. Thanks to the organisers, particularly Dylan.

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