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Python for Beginners

  • Apr 26, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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The Python for Beginners class runs on Saturday, April 26th from 1-6pm. 

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 most popular websites and apps we all know and love, like PinterestInstagram and Rdio, to name a few. It's used by tech companies all over the world, including many companies right here in Triangle.

Join us for Python for Beginners - Part Two! This is the second portion of our workshop for learning Python and is designed for people who have very limited or no programming experience. During this interactive workshop, we'll build on the concepts from Part One. We'll explore functions, built-in data types such as lists and dictionaries, and create our first classes. These concepts will help students use the powerful expressiveness of Python to tackle real problems. We'll mix lecture and practice and work through lots of problems together, including creating a simple interactive game!

NOTE:  Participants should either have attended the first class or by familiar with basic concepts from Part One. Please email us at [masked] for any questions regarding this.

Your Teacher: Caleb Smith, Python Developer at Caktus Group

In his youth, Caleb began programming text adventures and RPG's in BASIC. More recently, Caleb can be found spending his days writing Python and JavaScript for web applications at Caktus Consulting Group LLC. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys functional programming, music theory and contributing to free and open source software projects. Caleb studied music education in college and especially enjoys mentoring new programmers.

Tech Requirements:

Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.

A text editor. We recommend Sublime Text 3 (It's free and available for both Mac, PC or Linux).

Python installed on your machine.

• Windows: Go to to download the latest Python 2.7.6 installer. Once downloaded, double click on the file and run the installer.

• Mac and Linux: Both of these operating systems have Python already installed.

Refund policy: Your payment of $50 guarantees your seat in the entire course. Please note that we cannot issue refunds, since there's an overhead to issuing refunds via and we already offer the workshops at such a low cost. We put proceeds into the chapter fund, which we use as our scholarship fund.

Other Disclaimers: Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

If you have any questions prior to registering, please contact me at [masked]

Course Slides: The slides for this course are available here:

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  • Jenifer P.

    I wish I could go - next time! Thanks jenifer pp

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • beatrice y.

    I would really like to oh yo this but I will be out of town on the 26th. Will you have another one soon?

    April 7, 2014

    • Julia E.

      We'll be planning out more classes for the coming months and will definitely be planning another Python class in the future!

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Emily S.

    I am really interested in this! But I missed the first one and this is when I'll have friends here.

    April 3, 2014

    • Julia E.

      Sorry to hear this! We'll def be doing the class in the future.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Christine M.

    Part 1 was wonderful! I'd love to come but can't make it that day.

    April 3, 2014

    • Julia E.

      Sorry you can't make it! We'll def be hosting this class again in the future.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Jennie Rose H.

    Double bummer! I'll also be out of town!

    April 2, 2014

    • Julia E.

      We will def be doing this in the future and sorry you have to miss it. Have a great time out of town and stay tuned for future classes!

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummer! I'm out of town that weekend. I hope you'll run Part Two again in the future.

    March 30, 2014

    • Julia E.

      Thanks for letting us know and sorry that you have to miss this part!

      April 23, 2014

  • Emily F.

    If I was not at Part One, should I not attend this class?

    March 27, 2014

    • Caleb S.

      Hi Emily,

      I realize Part One filled up and many were on the waiting list too. I'm 100% on board with people taking part 2 that did not take part 1 with the assumption that they've learned the part 1 material on their own.

      There is no strict rule about needing to attend part 1 and I leave it to everyone's own discretion if they think they've mastered the material of part 1. If the sections 1 and 2 of the slides look mostly familiar, then you're absolutely ready. (The slides are in 4 sections, but the class is in two parts).

      People can feel free to contact me with more details specific to their current skill level and prior experience if you'd like some help determining preparedness.

      Thanks for asking!

      1 · March 27, 2014

  • Angela W.

    Well ya'll hit a work weekend for me, so if the date changes let me know.

    March 27, 2014

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Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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