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Re: [nycpython] Fwd: More Python Meetups in NYC

From: Wes C.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:15 PM
We (S7 Labs) have an intro course that we give our college interns that takes about 2 weeks to complete. It assumes prior knowledge of Python, but no experience with web development. In it, we go through the basic structure of a web framework and build up a Twitter clone with some interesting features. At the end, the intern is ready to do real work on one of our production systems.

Unfortunately, because it takes about 2 weeks full time to complete (1 week perhaps if you are an experienced engineer), the course isn't something we can quite do in a single day. I've just thrown the course up here:

http://www.s7labs...­

I'm open to ideas on paring this down so that it might fit into a single day. We have even considered pushing this sort of education as part of S7's mission, but lack of time and resources is a problem at the moment. If anybody is interested in helping out, shoot me an email off list: [address removed].


Wes


On Feb 28, 2012, at 12:11 AM, Thomas Wunderlich wrote:

> I know that nyc-ruby runs mini-hackathons aimed at beginners and intermediate programmers, which I think is something that nyc python could definitely emulate.  
> I think maybe those with a few specific to learning a new technology such as the Bottle framework and then having people see what they can create and learn in 2-3 hours time might be useful. 
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> Best,
> Thomas Wunderlich
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> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM, Yeukhon Wong <[address removed]> wrote:
> I think both are great ideas. Specifically with #2,
> 
> I don't think basic programming tutorials are needed. However, a tutorial, or a talk on testing, how Python works, how to make Python run more efficient, how to incorporate with existing C, C++, Java code, how to use Python as rapid prototype, or front-end, build a socket, scientific usage of Python ,etc, these kind of "beginner" technical talks will be more interesting.
> 
> A hack night for beginner and intermediate python learners would be nice too. 
> Coming from C++, if I were to teach students in high school or college, I would show them tools like debugger, read stack, etc, show them stuff in action, rather than a bunch of repetitive, instant-answer-from-­google tutorials.
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> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM, Julian <[address removed]> wrote:
> It didn't the first time for me so thanks :).
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> I brought up 1) on the discussion forum recently as being something that I personally am interested in but it didn't turn into any interest, but yeah I definitely  love the idea of coding dojos.
> 
> I also think 2 is a great idea and wouldn't mind helping out in any capacity that I personally would be useful in. Specifically here, I'd bet that other than simple tutorials on the language, for which I think just going through the tut is a better recommendation, some good session topics might include one on using third party stuff / choosing the right tools, contributing to open source projects, and a night of paired programming with a mentor would be things that I bet new programmers would appreciate.
> 
> So yeah two +1s from me in case you were counting :)
> 
> Cheers,
> Julian
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> On Feb 27,[masked]:44 PM, "Meghan" <[address removed]> wrote:
> Not sure if this went through so I'm resending.
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> -Meghan
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> From: Meghan Gill <[address removed]>
> Date: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM
> Subject: More Python Meetups in NYC
> To: [address removed]
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> 
> Hi everyone,
> 
> As you've probably noticed, the NYC Python Meetup is big. So big, that
> only a small subset of the community gets to join us for our monthly
> meetings. In addition, we have lots of folks who are new to Python (or
> programming) that are interested in learning the language.
> 
> After talking to Gloria and some other folks in the meetup, I'd like
> to get some more events on the NYC Python calendar to complement our
> monthly presentations. Here are a few ideas to start with:
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> (1) Project or hack night: a more informal gathering for the group to
> work together on projects, to network, and to socialize.
> 
> (2) Learn Python series: a series of events focused on the members of
> the group who are new to Python. This is a little more involved than
> the first option, and we'd need some volunteers from the group to help
> teach.
> 
> I'm looking forward to your feedback on these ideas, and hearing your
> suggestions on the types of activities you would like to see from the
> group.
> 
> Thanks,
> Meghan
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