Beginner/Beginner+ Study session

This is a beginner / near beginner-focused Python programming language study group. The following 'study tracks' have been identified for people to follow at their own pace. You do not have to choose one of these tracks, please feel free to attend and work on whatever study/projects you are interested in working on. The idea behind the tracks is to give people with similar interests and experience a common program of study to pursue, and be able to help each other progress.

**Beginner track**
Who: This is for women who either just took the day course 'Intro to Python' or have minimal/no experience with python.
Goal: To get a good grasp of python basics.
The work: 'How to think like a computer scientist' series (reading material and practical problems).
http://www.openbookproject.net/thinkcs/python/english2e/ (for python version 2.x)
http://openbookproject.net/thinkcs/python/english3e/ (for python version 3.x)

**Beginner+ Web development track**
Who: This is for women who have the basics of python, and are interested in web development.
Goal: To be able to build functional websites using a combination of python and Django.
The work: 'Getting started with Django' tutorial series, followed by building a blog.
https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/intro/install/

**Beginner+ Scientific programming track**
Who: This is for women who have basic understanding of python, and have a background in science or engineering and want to use python for this purpose.
Goal: To enhance ability to build programs for a variety of different scientific purposes.
The work: Individual projects with Python scientific packages such as scipy, numpy, and matplotlib.

Note that these tracks are not formal courses. There will be no designated teachers, formalized assessments, deadlines, or grades awarded. From time to time, we will likely pull in other more experienced pyladies share their expertise on a specific topic / project, but probably not every session. The members of this group are responsible for their progressing at their own pace and supporting each other's learning.

I don't know about you guys, but I am really excited about this! I really encourage everyone who thinks they might want to be involved to show up and see if this is for you. All of the study materials for recommended tracks are free, so you've got nothing to lose!

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  • Angelina A.

    Sorry I had to miss tonight! I ended having to work late.

    August 27, 2013

  • amanda l.

    I just realized this meetup changed from 7 to 6 and can't make it! Will it be meeting every week? Do you think I can just jump on in next week? ( I can plan to be there by 6). Thanks! Amanda

    August 27, 2013

    • Jess F

      No it'll be back to 7pm next fortnight

      August 27, 2013

  • Taylor B.

    I really wish I could go but I have some stuff to take of on campus. Maybe next time!

    August 24, 2013

  • Jess F

    For those coming late, go ahead and call my cell. If you don't have it, I'll be sending it again via email just before the meetup.

    August 22, 2013

  • heather

    I can't make it by 6pm, 7pm is the earliest I can be there.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll arrive late (7pm). Who or where should I call for late building access? Thanks.

    August 21, 2013

  • Jess F

    One more thing: if you come before 6pm, you'll be able to use the elevator to access the room without having to call someone with a pass.

    August 21, 2013

  • Jess F

    All - note that the location will be Austin Chamber of Commerce again and time changed from 7pm to 6pm to coincide with availability of the room. Feel free to bring whatever nourishment you need, as long as you clean up after yourself.

    August 21, 2013

  • amanda l.

    Woot woot! Thanks for getting this going Jess! You and Barbara consistently impress me with your organization and dedication to this group!

    August 21, 2013

    • Jess F

      Thanks Amanda, appreciate the kind words!

      August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This conflicts with Austin Learn Python Meetup
    Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00 PM. Any chance we can get this scooched to another day?

    August 20, 2013

    • Jess F

      It's a possibility. The only issue is that if we move it to another day, it could cause a conflict for others (Tue was determined to be the best day of the week for the majority who initially expressed interest). However, if the majority of RSVPs state a preference to move to either Wed or Thur by end of this week, I'll go ahead and shift this.

      August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And if we keep it on Tuesday, I'll attend this study session and skip the other. Thanks, I didn't realize (or forgot?) this group had decided to meet specifically on Tuesdays.

      August 20, 2013

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