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Beginner's Meeting #1

We're planning on an informal meeting. We'd like to pair a mentor up with 2 people new to programming or new to Python.  This way we can get individual attention on any questions getting people started like installing Python, VirtualEnv, PIP, etc. or dive into code.  Beginners please bring a laptop and code to share with your mentor!

If you are interested in mentoring, please RSVP YES and answer the question on the RSVP about mentoring.

We have 6 mentors for this meeting!

• Peter Farrell

• Kyle Marek-Spartz

• Rodney Drenth

• Raymond Finzel

• Nate Swanson

Andrew Clarkson

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  • David G.

    I've been to a lot of programming related meetups over the last couple years and this was by far the most productive, well planned and balanced beginners meetup of all. I am barely past "Hello World" yet there were people who knew less and "beginners" who knew a lot more. If you really are a beginner know that in this group you won't be lost in the crowd because it's for professional programmers who are beginning a new language. Instead it was refreshing to have a lot of 1 on 1 help and go home with hours and hours of productive learning to do before one of the "office hours" evenings coming up this week already. Indeed, instead of leaving me and my unwashed masses overwhelmed and discouraged I can say I left with renewed hope that there really are people out there who want to help others learn to code. Thanks especially to Chris A., Peter F., Ish, & Kyle all of whom gave me lots of their time & expertise.

    3 · April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nat, I'm planning a time for the next week or two. I think Peter will create an event and/or give mentors access to create events.

      April 28, 2014

    • Nat C.

      ok, great, I'll be looking for that. Your 4:30 one is too early and too far away from work for me.

      April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've "suggested" an office hour event. If other mentors could make that time, that would be great, otherwise please suggest a different event at a different time:

    http://www.meetup.com/PyMNtos-Twin-Cities-Python-User-Group/events/179840292/

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Python M.

      I marked the suggested Office Hours event as scheduled. Check out the details here: http://www.meetup.com...­

      April 28, 2014

    • Python M.

      @Kyle, thanks so much for the initiative scheduling an event!

      April 28, 2014

  • Joe S.

    I don't know if this is the place to ask, but does anyone have scipy running on OSX for Python 3.3 or 3.4?

    April 28, 2014

  • shravan

    Wonderful meeting

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Joe S.

    This was a great meeting. If you want help managing it in the future. I'm willing.

    1 · April 27, 2014

    • Python M.

      Fabulous Joe. Ping me your email address at pjf [AT] maepub.com and I will add you to our Teamwork project (we use it to organize things).

      April 27, 2014

  • John K.

    Excellent meeting!

    2 · April 25, 2014

  • Nancy R.

    Meeting was great. Thanks for the help.

    2 · April 24, 2014

  • David G.

    I still haven't set up a linux enviro. & in the interest of saving as much time as possible I'm wondering if there are any Windows Python mentors or if I should just git 'er done. Similar question re: what version to have when I arrive; 2.7... or 3...

    1 · April 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I wish I remebered to bring my HotSpot =/ I'll be there tonight though!

      April 24, 2014

    • John S.

      What about WinPython? (portable, based on SCIntilla, and includes TortoiseHg version of Mecurial).

      Good enough for a learners environment?

      And, should we install v2 or v3? (WinPython comes in both flavors...)

      April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some people might "koding" useful for for trying out python and they also have Django installer. Moreover, its completely free :)

    shameless plug:
    And incase you decide to give it a try then why not get some more space and also give me more space by using this referral link: https://koding.com/R/rohitsinha

    April 23, 2014

  • Larry M.

    OK, I won't be able to make it, so free up a spot for someone! I've joined pyMNtos, so I'll keep track of your schedule, so I can attend sometime. Thanks!!!

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Python M.

      @Larry, if you could log into Meetup and update your RSVP to NO that would very helpful in opening up a slot for somebody else on the waitlist.

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Terry M.

    Carving out time to try learning something that might save me time.

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • David G.

    OK, it's cram time for me & I'm wondering how much I can do ahead of time so as to avoid as much setting up at the meetup as possible. Ideally I'd like to be able to leave the meetup with something like a page where I'd enter customer name, address, etc. so that I can use that to create other pages after the meetup. Any suggestions for a windows guy?

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • Andrew C.

      First, I feel you with the cramming... I highly recommend installing vagrant http://www.vagrantup....­ ... Try installing a ubuntu box, that will give you an environment that all the mentors will be familiar with. From there you can use ubuntu's package system 'apt-get' to install 'python' and (based on your interests) maybe 'postgresql'. From there you'll want 'pip' for installing python packages. You can use 'apt-get' to install 'python-pip'. Then look at using pip to install maybe 'django' or 'flask'. At least a few of the mentors should be pretty familiar with these... I hope that made some sense. Thoughts?

      1 · April 14, 2014

    • David G.

      That's great advice & also what I was afraid you'd recommend. I only say that because in the last year I've gotten PHP, RoR, Python, Django, & AngularJS installed so I could do "Hello World" but not much past that. At least I've narrowed down my interests :-) I remember Linux is a good idea based on previous meetups so I'll do that. Windows was pretty foreign to a lot of the people there. (That's funny to me. I guess it's like me going to Germany & having a hard time communicating because I learned Swiss German.) What about Python version? I'd obviously prefer to learn something as new as possible but I also want to be able to have something in hand asap so should I go with 2.7 or 3+?

      1 · April 14, 2014

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