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Introduction to Python

Back by popular demand! We are offering a REPEAT of the Intro to Python Part 1 course offered 6/15/13 to allow those students who were unable to make it join us for another offering! (This will also prepare you for the upcoming 7/27/13 Intro to Python Part 2)

Curious about programming? Want to learn one language that you can use to build websites, program robots, visualize data, run servers, and make art? Then you're ready to get started with Python.

Python powers some of the popular apps we all know and love (or hate), like Pinterest and Instagram. It's used by tech companies all over the world, including many companies right here in Philadelphia. MonetateAzaveaSunGardSIG and Love Park Robotics are all Python shops. Employers love Python programmers.

Join us for Part 1 of GDI Philly's Introduction to Python series. This workshop is designed for women who have very limited or no programming experience. During this interactive workshop, we'll explore the basic components of a programming language: data types, functions, conditional statements and loops. We'll mix lecture and practice, and we'll work through lots of problems together. You'll leave the workshop with several tested tutorials to work through on your own.

We'll spend part of the workshop helping you set up a development environment, so there's no need to install software ahead of time. Just bring your laptop and come prepared to write your first lines of Python code.

This is Part 1 of GDI Philly's two-part Introduction to Python series. In Part 2 of the intro series (to be held on July 27), we'll review basic concepts, and then we'll work on several small Python projects. If you successfully complete Part 1 of the intro series (on June 15 or June 29), you will be prepared to take Part 2.

About the Instructor:

Dana Bauer is an independent developer, mapmaker, and data analyst. As part of the PhillyPUG leadership team, Dana organizes and teaches workshops and project nights for new coders, with a focus on bringing more women into the Python community. She regularly gives talks at regional and national conferences. Dana tweets @geography76.


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  • Teresa O.

    I really enjoyed this class. A great jump-start on learning Python. Thanks to Dana, Corinne and to all of the TA's!

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • Dana B.

      Thanks, Teresa! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great intro class with plenty of support. Thanks so much!

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Releasing my spot - wish I could come but something has come up. Have fun!!

    June 28, 2013

  • Teresa O.

    This has class was recommended to me by a friend. I am interested in learning new programming languages

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Dana B.

      Great! Looking forward to meeting you.

      June 25, 2013

  • Catarina

    Would you recommend Python II for programmers with experience? thanks :)

    June 20, 2013

    • Dana B.

      Hi Catarina. Part 2 is still a beginner-level course. But it's a project-based workshop, so it's still a good learning opportunity for people who have some experience with Python (or another language).

      June 21, 2013

  • Tip K.

    Dana was awesome! Looking forward to intro to PythonII ! :)

    2 · June 17, 2013

  • Alice L.

    Hej ladies, mac is OK right? I understand that python is 99% cross, but just wanted to make sure... Can't wait :)

    June 17, 2013

    • Corinne W.

      Mac, PC and Chromebooks welcome!

      June 17, 2013

  • Prithi C.

    If I understand correctly, no prior knowledge of/experience with programming is necessary?

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Corinne W.

      You're right Prithi! Great beginner class.

      June 17, 2013

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