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Introduction to Programming with Python

Electron Workshop hosts OpenTechSchool Australia's inaugural Introduction to Programming workshop. Whether you've got dreams of building a software empire or you are just a little curious about what all those programmers get up to we'll give you a taste of how things work, Python-style. OpenTechSchool workshops are at-your-own-pace, with lots of coaches who are professional programmers themselves to give encouragement and guide you over the common pitfalls that many face when just starting out.

All you need to bring is a laptop and some enthusiasm! OpenTechSchool workshops are all with open-source, free software running on Mac OSX, Windows and Linux. All course material is free and hosted online.

Because the number of seats is limited, it is important that you only sign up if you definitely plan on coming (and do so, too!). If you can't make it for any reason, please cancel your attendance on Meetup right away so your someone on the waiting list can take your place. Thanks!

Interested in coaching? If you are already a programmer, or know a programmer that wants to help, check out out sign-up thread in the OpenTechSchool Python Coaches forum here.

About OpenTechSchool OpenTechSchool is a movement aiming to offer free tech education. Our events are open to technology enthusiasts of all genders, backgrounds, and experience levels, willing to coach or learn in a friendly environment. Our learning material is shared and collectively improved by the online community and anyone is welcome to use it to organize new OTS chapters anywhere in the world.

About Python Python is one of the most popular and widely available programming languages. With an easy syntax and friendly user base it's one of the best languages for a beginner programmer. After learning the basics, Python programmers can easily move onto graphics and multimedia, websites and data analysis. It's "batteries included" nature makes it easy to get your ideas into code, and it's a great stepping stone before moving on to other languages.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I am coming but am running a bit late. Sorry. Will be there as soon as I can

    February 23, 2013

    • Matt I.

      Hey claire, hope you got something worthwhile out of the session, and hope you can finish the tutorial! Lovely meeting you!

      February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Definitely an afternoon well spent! I'll have a go at finishing the tutorial - and then come next time to see if I got it right :)

      February 25, 2013

    • Trevor H.

      Your output even looked like the photos... ;-)

      February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cookies were pretty good. Thanks :)

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great workshop guys. Really helpful and welcoming atmosphere - thanks for all the help. Really appreciated it

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great venue, excellent team. Thanks guys

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Amor C.

    Great workshop with awesome support to answer my very green questions.

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Vijai

    Awesome for people looking to get a sense of Python

    February 23, 2013

  • Mike H.

    For those that didn't make it .... you missed out, it was a great day !

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Thanks Steve, was great fun and really appreciate all your work. And also many many thanks to the tutors they were really friendly and helpful with all of us beginners.

    Well done on the first Open Tech Melbourne !

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the workshop, it was well spent few hours. Met some really cool and smart people.

    2 · February 23, 2013

    • Trevor H.

      Yes - a most informative and worthwhile time... Thanks...

      February 23, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    Would love to attend.

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Kevin C.

      Sadly no, got last minute travel tomorrow . I changed my rsvp status

      February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's cool. We'll catch you at the next one!

      1 · February 23, 2013

  • Leon G.

    I must be hitting every red light in Melbourne. Will be about fifteen minutes late. Sorry!*

    February 23, 2013

  • Adrian

    Running a tad late but I'll be there in 30-40 mins

    February 23, 2013

  • jana i.

    Was really looking froward to this but I won't be able to make it :)

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something urgent came up, I can not make it, sorry.

    February 23, 2013

  • Nicholas

    Sorry Gents i cant make it

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With the wonderful GPS device in hand, I shall reach on time.

    February 23, 2013

  • Sam H.

    Hey crew, Unfortunately I've had a last minute scheduling conflict and won't be able to make it. All the best for the start of Open Tech Melbourne

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you there

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Missed my flight. Another spot available for s/o else.

    February 22, 2013

  • Terry

    Sorry buddies.
    I really wish I could join you, but I have to do something tomorrow :(
    Have a good time enjoy coding!

    February 22, 2013

  • Opeti

    I cant make it sorry. I got exams on :(, but keep me updated in future workshops :)

    February 22, 2013

  • Matt I.

    Hi guys, just a reminder, if you've found that you cannot attend tomorrow please make sure to un-RVSP so that others will know they can attend!

    February 22, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Confirming I'll be there !

    February 21, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Looking forward to it !

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to join the wait list.

    February 6, 2013

    • Matt I.

      There should be nothing stopping you :)

      February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hmmm looks like I am able to move people on/off the waiting list manually. Monica you might have received some weird emails from me :)

      February 19, 2013

  • Roza J.

    Would I be able to use Wing IDE[masked] or Python 3.22?

    February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, certainly, bring your favourite editor. If I recall correctly all this works back to Python[masked]

      1 · February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wanna learn, but I might be able to coach a little too, depending on how green the attendance is.

    February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah we are intending for very green. You can check out the workshop content to see if it is right for you here: http://opentechschool...­

      February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for that. Yep, very green indeed. I am dropping out so someone can take my place. :7)

      February 19, 2013

  • Vijai

    Travis and Rich have pulled out. When would we know who is getting these spots? am in waiting list

    February 18, 2013

    • Matt I.

      Steven will likely see that happen in his email, so he should be able to update it as soon as he sees.

      February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's all handled automatically by Meetup, so people are pulled from the waiting list immediately.

      February 19, 2013

  • Travis H H.

    Dam, will have to pull out after all due to a rostering change at work. Free spot available now kids

    February 18, 2013

  • Trevor H.

    will power supply and wifi be available?

    February 18, 2013

    • Matt I.

      Yep to both :)

      1 · February 18, 2013

  • Rich

    Sorry I had to pull out due to a clash. Hopefully I'll be able to make the next event

    February 18, 2013

  • Frank

    hello world

    February 17, 2013

  • Trevor H.

    Please can you provide details of the requirements for the Mac - python version etc? Thanks

    February 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We use Python 2.7, but Python 3+ will also work. Any editor is fine, even just the built-in TextEdit will do.

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to write a simulation code by dear Python, but I'm not sure what exactly waiting list means!! can I participate in this workshop?

    February 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunately we don't have much space so attendance is limited :(

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there any likelihood that people on the waiting list will have a chance to go? I wanted to bring a friend!

    February 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes there is. We do remind people to update their RSVPs if they can't come.

      February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to attend and get some insight into programming!

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested in coaching? If you are already a programmer, or know a programmer that wants to help, check out out sign-up thread in the OpenTechSchool Python Coaches forum https://groups.google.com/a/opentechschool.org/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups=#!topic/coaches.python/PJrfBkIgtg8

    January 28, 2013

  • Matt I.

    Hi there, your signup page repeated questions 2 and 3 times!

    January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, I see. That is very strange. I've deleted them!

      January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn! So sad that I'm going to miss this :(

    January 24, 2013

  • Bec M.

    Sounds fantastic.

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Next time!

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am confident with programming basics, so as per the email today I should let someone else participate. If I had a bit more knowledge of Python I would sign on as a coach, but the syntax still confuses me.

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've always been curious about Python the programming language and now is as good a time as to learn.

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wanna learn, but I might be able to coach a little too, depending on how green the attendance is.

    January 19, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    Would love to attend.

    January 18, 2013

  • Leon G.

    Sounds like a wonderful hands-on experience :)

    January 18, 2013

  • Martin S.

    Unfortunately I leave Australia a few days before.

    January 17, 2013

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