Protected Python: It's time we had "the talk" about security

There won't be any food at the venue aside from some cookies in honor of Valentine's Day. Eat beforehand or bring your own dinner/beverage.

This month, James Mertz is giving a sneak preview of a talk he will be giving at an upcoming conference. Come prepared to give feedback.


Today, developers and users of Python are being attacked on a daily basis, most of the time, without their knowledge. We need to be more aware of these attacks and weaknesses to make more educated design decisions for our Python code.

In this talk we’ll go over some of the major vulnerabilities we face when it comes to developing Python application and cybersecurity principles. We’ll also cover different ways to protect yourself from these attacks.


James grew up staring at the stars with awe wondering what opportunities await to be discovered. Now he works at his dream job for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory helping to further our understanding of the cosmos. When he isn’t working (aka building robots), James can be found studying for his second master’s in Cyber Security, writing articles for, or teaching Intro to Python at the local community college in Pasadena. He is frequently seen at Disneyland, the beach, and the dog park alongside his wife of 10 years, 2 kids, and trusty dog SamWise.

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Anything Goes

There was a last-minute cancellation by our speaker.

We ended up having a good round-the room discussion about various topics, including bash scripting. Michael Starch gae an impromptu lecture on various levels of software testing. We gae some new members advice regarding what professionals think about certifications.

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Open Source Documentation, SCaLE, 2020

We're ending the year with a great venue and some light refreshments and hot tea and hot chocolate. In addition to coming for the presentation, please come and share your ideas about SGVTech and SGVLUG for 2020.

The venue is open by 6:30pm, but our meeting will start at 7pm. The conference facility is behind the restaurants on Lake, between Citibank of Del Mar and Urban Plates. We will have a sign in front of venue.

This is a joint meetup with Write the Docs LA


Kate Sammons and Spencer Sullivan will present on the work they did to improve the documentation for the open source NASA/JPL Hybrid Cloud Science Data System (HySDS). They participated in the JPL Student Independent Research Internship (SIRI) program.


We will talk about how to contribute to open source, our plans for SCaLE, and what kinds of talks we want for SGVLUG for 2020.

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DTLA Mini Maker Faire

Join us at the DTLA Mini Maker Faire at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles.

It is shaping to be a huge event with nearly a hundred makers--many of them from the San Gabriel Valley--who will be exhibiting, doing workshops, giving talks, and even performing.

There will be exhibits inside the beautiful Central Library and outside in Maguire Garden. Part of 5th Street will be closed off to support more booths.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite for free tickets.

The list of makers is here, including Roger & Sawppy. Lan is helping out at the JPL booth and the CodeDay LA booth. We'll be in the Children's Courtyard.

The schedule of workshops, talks, and performances here:

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Joint Meetup with Write the Docs LA

We're mixing things up this month with a different venue and a different format. We're doing a joint meetup with Write the Docs LA, the local Write the Docs chapter of technical documentarians.

We'll spend some time learning about each other's groups. Topics will include static site generators and an update on Sean Marquez's exploration of SpaceMacs for text editing and project management. (This was presented at SGVLUG back in July.)

Please see the WTD LA meetup link for more details.

Sean's presentation will appeal directly to: - software developers who are opinionated about text editors - developers & writers who are curious about text rendering to diagrams, i.e., PlantUML:

Sean's presentation will also provide insight to: - people who have a thousand things on their TODO lists - anyone who is interested in Getting Things Done:

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SGVTech at PCC Maker Festival

NOTE: Please RSVP on the PCC Maker Festival Eventbrite!

More info here:

As part of Connect Week, SGVTech is exhibiting at the PCC Maker Festival to promote all our subgroups and projects to the Pasadena City College community. There will be other maker groups and businesses as well as the PCC student clubs. There will be rovers, 3D printers, coders, electronics and their awesome Fab Lab. There will also have an exclusive performance by the Blender Boyz - Pasadena’s premier, all-appliance, bad-boy, blender band who will be grinding out their unique machine melodies!

Exhibitors include: JPL Open Source Rover Nonscriptum reDiscover Center PCC Electronics SGV Tech Meetup Los Angeles Public Library PCC Fab Lab She.Codes Mesa MAKEit 3D Microduino PCC Motorsports and more!

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