Intro to Python Programming & BBQ

Due to popular demand, I'll be hosting an Intro to Python Programming Class at NSL on Saturday, August 31st from 14:00-19:00. Whether you're new to programming or an experienced programmer who wants to add Python to your toolkit, this class is for you! Come learn Python in a friendly, hands-on environment. I'll be going over all of the basics of Python as well as throwing in some more advanced topics/syntax at the end of the class if there is time and interest.

It is free to attend the class but I strongly encourage a donation (or membership) to NSL to help us keep NSL open and filled with fun toys. Rumor has it there will be a BBQ after the class for those who throw money into the donation bin...

See below for instructions on what you need before the class (Python and a text editor, basically) as well as some introductory material for those who want to get a head start.

Hope to see you all there!


Prepare your computer before the class:

+ Install the Python 2.7 interpreter on your system. Find the applicable installer for Python 2.7.5 at

+ Install a Python IDE --OR-- an enhanced editor such as Notepad++ --OR-- use Notepad/Vi. These are software that makes programming easier with syntax highlighting, advanced search functions, variable/function autocompletion, etc. These are NOT NECESSARY, but syntax highlighting will be the single most helpful thing you can have to help you learn and identify bugs/typos. I'm a vi purist; can others recommend good IDEs for Windows/Linux?


Prepare your brain before the class:



Prepare your appetite before the class:



Topics we'll cover:

        Why Python is Baller
        Variables, Types, Declaration/Assignment & Type Conversion
        Arithmetic operations
        Bitwise operations
        Standard Python Functions
        Standard Python Libraries
        Advanced Fun (if there is time/interest)
                Method chaining
                Loop comprehension
                Function/class overloading

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    September 6, 2013

  • Datagram

    Thanks to everyone who made it out for the class and the BBQ! Thanks to everyone who donated to NSL!

    If there is interest, we can do a follow-up class in September focusing on common algorithms, solving common problems, learning more about python built-ins and libraries. Thoughts?

    2 · September 3, 2013

    • Amade

      sounds good Boss!

      September 3, 2013

    • Awwab A.

      I would love to attend the class

      September 3, 2013

  • Amade

    Great job you guys!! Thanks for everything!

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Tarpitt


    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Amade

    Thanks for putting this on! Look forward to it!

    August 16, 2013

  • Ahmed B

    me and awwab gonna be there

    August 14, 2013

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