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Learn Python The Hard Way - week 0

*** Update: we were able to find a place to accommodate a larger group (thank you so much Marina for your help in such a short notice!! *** However, we have to change the date to Friday. For this first meetup, you should bring your questions related to installing python in your machine (follow the instructions of exercise zero in the tutorial), and getting started in the sequence of exercises 1-17 (you will be working with a text editor and the command line). 

Note: there is very limited parking at Hacker Dojo, you will be better off parking on the street, along Fairchild. I hope to post a sign at the entrance, so you can find us there.

Concerning the subsequent meetups, stay tuned for good news, we're receiving a wonderful collaboration from the community!


Are you a Python beginner? Do you have “learn python” in your wish list, but haven’t quite dived into it yet? Or you’ve started learning but find it hard to maintain a good pace through solo study? Then join us in a structured series of group study, and have all the basics of python under your hood in 5 weeks!

We will follow the “Learn Python the Hard Way” free online tutorial by Zed Shaw, a very popular resource for complete beginners. We will assign a set of lessons for each week, which you should work with during the week preceding the group’s meetup. The ideal is to try to work at least a little bit every day, even if just half an hour. Zed Shaw has recently talked in a pyladies event, and the set of lessons chosen per week follows his observations on which lessons students typically get stuck. The pace is reasonable but requires dedication. However, it’s OK if you prefer to set your pace, too!

Also, if you start working with LPTHW, and decide that you prefer to use other resources, feel free to do so! We will help you set up goals for the 5 weeks, if you want. Or simply join us on Thursday nights, and work on anything python-related. These meetups are open to everyone.

The first meetup will be deemed “week 0”, and before attendance, you should at least try Exercise 0 of the LPTHW tutorial, so you can be helped with questions/problems by the study group:

Week  0 : Install python in your machine, install a text editor, and master at least the basics of CLI (command line interface), as the tutorial teaches you to work in the terminal/shell. You probably already have python in your machine if you’re using a Macbook. Here are other useful links about CLI:

Finally, here is an overview of the LPTHW program (you should have covered much of the material before each meetup to make the most of it):

Week 1: Exercises 1 – 17

Week 2: Exercises 18 – 33

Week 3: Exercises 34 – 45

Week 4: Exercises 46 – 52.

Happy learning!

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  • Alexis


    July 2, 2014

  • Liat Z.


    1 · June 27, 2014

    • Paula A.

      See you in the next meetup, Liat!

      June 29, 2014

  • Marina B.

    It was fun! Thank you Paula!

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • Paula A.

      Thank you, Marina! :-)

      June 29, 2014

  • Anji

    It was very good event to understand about basics of Python

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • Paula A.

    I will send an email later today once I get confirmation of the venue, so I will be able to move e everybody out of the waiting list. The only drawback is that we're moving this first meetup to Friday. Stay tuned for more details soon!

    2 · June 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't get any email...

      June 27, 2014

    • Paula A.

      Carolyn, check your spam folder, my meetup emails are often sent there... or maybe you are not set up to receive emails from meetup? It's not automatic.

      June 27, 2014

  • Dwight H.

    If anyone is wanting to get a python environment set up quickly there is a python distribution with installers for Windows, Mac and Linux called anaconda. Which can be found at

    3 · June 27, 2014

    • Jen B.

      Ha ha - now you tell me! I'm all set, as of a while ago..... Thanks for posting, though!

      June 27, 2014

  • Constance

    It was great. Paula was very nice and gave out a lot helpful suggestions as well as being there to help anyone who need it. The accommodations were great too -- I'd never been to Hackerdojo in Mountain View before, but it is a very unique and entertaining environment.

    2 · June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Possible to join after tho first session if I can get set-up and through the first exercises? I had a family event come up.

    June 27, 2014

  • lsenee

    We cannot make Friday this week but will definitely be on board next week

    1 · June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm on the waitlist but can I still attend this event? Thanks!

    June 25, 2014

  • Garima K.

    Are we still doing this?

    June 25, 2014

  • Yeaji S.

    Hi i'm yeaji a programmer and pyladies seoul organizer. I will go states for google io.
    I want to see(and join) how you make meet for learning python. Pyladies seoul just start recently. I want to learn from yours.

    3 · June 17, 2014

  • Marina B.

    Hi all, look forward to seeing you soon. I've just completed PR4E at Coursera :)

    2 · June 20, 2014

  • Jen B.

    Hi all, I look forward to joining you again later in July. Meanwhile, I received this invite, wondered whether any of you (Liz?) would be interested in attending.
    I'll be out of town still then. It costs $25 for the 3-day event if you sign up sooner (TODAY) rather than later.

    Here's a copy of the email I rec'd:

    Hello Makers,
    Ben Larralde from let me know about the Bay Area Makers Startup Weekend. It is July 11-13 and it looks like it could be pretty cool. If you sign up by Friday you get 50% off. If you can not sign up this Friday used the code MAKESF25 and get 25% off.
    Malcolm Knapp

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • Liz S.

      Thanks Jen! The event looks intriguing. I'll consider it!

      June 20, 2014

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