Intro to Python 1: Set up development environment

Learn and practice Python basics! This is the first of a series of Intro to Python sessions.

We're going to cover Python Versions 2 & 3, and two powerful command-line packages called Python package installer (pip) and Virtual Environment (virtualenv), so you'll need a *nix based operating system.

What you'll need to bring:
- wireless-enabled laptop 
- *nix operating system (this includes MacOSX, Linux, Unix). Windows users, please install virtualbox and a version of linux so that you can follow along with command-line. It takes at least half an hour for this installation process so do not wait until last minute.

(Will provide more information on laptop setup, lecture material, and projects, for now checkout our wiki on python setup and The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python, and The Beginner's Guide to Python)

Audience:
Women and their friends who have no or limited programming experience. This event is welcoming and respectful of trans women. Men who want to learn Python are welcome as guests of women who are attending (please RSVP as well).

We'll set up your development environment and spend some time discussing version 2 vs version 3, and how to have both installed on your computer. 

Our goal is to provide an environment in which women can develop their programming skills with confidence. You'll leave with the resources you need to continue your programming education on your own and with your fellow students. Our staff are predominantly women from the NYC programming and open source communities. **I will be needing help with this workshop. If you would like to help TA this workshop, please send me a message.

Location:
Amanda and Kara of Tipping Point Partners are generously hosting us at this conveniently located, beautiful, and spacious workspace. It's close to stops off the A/C/E, 1/2/3, N/R, 4/5/6, J trains. Take the elevator up to 7th floor, and make a right following the red footprints to the end of the hallway.

Try to arrive early or on time so that we can finish before 8pm!

Refreshments:
We're going to have potluck style refreshments! Ideas to get your creative juices include crackers, fruit, sangria, cheese, chicken wings, veggie and dip.. If you can't or won't bring something to eat, bring $10 for ordering food.

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  • Jing (Annie) W.

    It was great to meet everyone last night! I just want to mention that there is a Coursera course titled "An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python" offered by Rice University starting this week. Anybody interested?

    October 10, 2013

  • Ximena

    I have a special mention for the Pythonista who baked the most delicious Chocolate-Mint cake I have ever tasted! The doug was AMAZING ... with melted chocolate in the middle! Can I have the recipe? :)

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Yay! It was delicious. I'd love to have the recipe too. Did anyone take pictures of it? Would love to feature it on the pyladies blog! http://nyc-pyladies.t...­

      October 10, 2013

  • Jerry L.

    It is helpful.....

    October 9, 2013

  • Ximena

    The potluck-style worked great! Thank you everyone for sharing delicious food.

    2 · October 9, 2013

  • Christina G.

    nice to meet everybody tonight. I wanted to mention iPython Notebook to this group. it's a graphical interface / IDE -- really easy to use. see you again soon!

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Thanks for sharing. In case you want to see examples of what can be done with ipython notebooks, check this out https://github.com/ipy...­

      October 9, 2013

  • Kat C.

    Link for today's agenda and download links https://gist.github.com/katychuang/6820463

    For tonight, try installing python, pip, and virtualenv

    2 · October 9, 2013

  • Ximena

    Hello ladies and Todd,
    Tonight is a Potluck style so bring your goodies to share :)

    October 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay homemade Sangria with my merlot wine haha. :)

      October 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I come bearing chips!

      1 · October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys, I think we should do a potluck kind of thing, especially if you are vegan or have dietary limitations of any kind. If you are coming, bring food to share, whether its homemade or catered. Im bringing a bottle of wine and of need of someone bringing a wine opener lol

    October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If someone can bring a wine opener, Kat & I would really appreciate it :) It's for all of us to drink, just to point out. Lol

      October 9, 2013

    • Christina G.

      I'll bring a corkscrew

      1 · October 9, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Hi, my name is Todd and I'm not a Lady except for Halloween sometimes

    I'm a very respectful individual and regularly attend Feminist Discussions

    Please Allow Me To Attend This Event, Please :)

    October 4, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Hi Todd, you're welcome to join us. We appreciate respectful individuals! If you manage to find ladies to invite to the event in the next few days, that is even better!

      October 6, 2013

    • Todd S.

      this is very kind of you Kat, thank you! apparently this something that is very pressing I need to go to Wednesday but I will come another time thank you so very much again for being so very welcome and kind

      October 8, 2013

  • hvb

    I hope it is ok but I will not be eating.

    October 8, 2013

    • Kat C.

      That's ok, opting out is fine too!

      October 8, 2013

  • hvb

    Um, the .*nix operating installation takes longer than a half hour to install. There are many things you need to install so make sure you have longer than a half hour to spend.

    October 4, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Janice - Bring your computer, someone might be able to help you.

      October 8, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Yeukhon - I've heard about vagrant before but no idea how package a vagrant box..

      October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there! I'm vegan and wondering if anyone else has an dietary restrictions. If so, maybe you can comment here so we can try to make food that is be inclusive to (mostly) everyone. Thanks :-)

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Hi Stephanie, I thought about this and perhaps those with dietary restrictions can bring food potluck style. And the rest of us who don't have restrictions and coming straight from work can order something as a group to split, i.e. pizza

      October 7, 2013

    • Christina G.

      Coming straight from work in an intense week - I'll bring a tenner - no time to cook

      October 8, 2013

  • Kat C.

    The number of RSVPs exceeded my expectations by a lot, and I won't be able to manage the entire event alone. Would someone be willing to volunteer to help coordinate the refreshments portion?

    October 6, 2013

    • Ximena

      Tell me what you need

      October 7, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Thanks, Ximena! That's so sweet of you. We need to know how many people to get food for (not sure if everyone who rsvp'd will show up), dietary restrictions, selecting refreshments (food and/or beverages). Then pick up the food and collect money from attendees.

      October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a technophile who's just beginning to learn HTML but I'd love to learn Python!

    October 4, 2013

    • Kat C.

      Yay! Glad to hear that and welcome :)

      1 · October 6, 2013

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