Introduction to Python

Changing the time because of conflicts with the laser class, sorry.

Outline: Overview: - Why python - Some projects that use python 
Python command line interface -- Hello World -- as a calculator -- get help -- trail & error -- debugger Pydoc -- self documenting code IDLE (Python IDE) -- first program Data types -- number types -- string -- list -- dictionary -- set -- clases Syntax -- flow control -- looping Useful libraries --numpy --Matplotlib --Tkinter --Scipy --Serial Classes (if time an inclination) -- defining a class -- inheretance -- overloading operators

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  • Sabina S.

    That will be super nice. We got a kit at home for Raspberry to do an LED light project. And, we are making slow progress. It will be nice to work a little more with some python for Raspberry demos, get exposed and more comfortable with it.
    That will be awesome.

    1 · March 5, 2013



    Yes, we will. Maybe in a couple weeks. What should we cover? Raspberry pi would be awesome, but might be hard to get everyone set up.

    Maybe python with Raspberry Pi demos?

    March 4, 2013

  • Sabina S.

    Hi, I was wondering if there were plans for any other Python class/session coming up.

    March 4, 2013

  • Julie R.

    Python for beginners would be fun. It was a great overview - enjoyed the class, thanks!

    January 15, 2013

  • Sabina S.

    I thought it was a great class!! I would love to come to another beginners class to be exposed to the material again. I think it will be a good experience for my son (14) as well. I agree with the comment that it may be nice if there were more application ideas practiced during the class perhaps. Python meet up to do stuff sounds good!. As Mark said, it would be nice to learn what to do with it.

    January 14, 2013


    Thanks for the feedback mark. Seems to me like we need to break it up into two classes "programming for complete beginners" and "python for programmers".

    Maybe we could start a python meetup to "DO" stuff.

    January 14, 2013

  • Mark M.

    Class just wetted the wistle to learn more. I would have liked less lecture and more exercises to do during class. Clearly there seems to be considerable number of folks interested in learning Python. I'd still like to learn to DO something with Python (like make program to keep track of gas mileage of my truck, and then expand that to . . . make that program web accessible, or take input via email message, or . . . etc.)

    The muffins were fantastic! Kudos and big Thank You to the baker!

    January 14, 2013


    I will bring a couple extra. If we have 2-3 people / computer we will be fine.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Echoing Osama's question as I don't currently have an operational laptop!

    January 11, 2013

  • osama f.

    Do we need to bring computers with pyton installed to this meetup?

    January 10, 2013

  • Justin L.

    Sorry to miss this -- hope there is an encore presentation!!

    January 9, 2013

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