Python Fundamentals

Hey everyone! This week I'll be going over the Python language and how to get started working on projects with it. Python is a great  general purpose language that's simple and easy to get started with, but also very powerful.

The goal of this HackDays talk is to get everyone up to speed with Python so that if it's something you want to continue learning, you'll know how to go about it. Specifically, we'll cover:

  • Python syntax, features and data structures by example
  • How to use Python's package manager 'pip' and how to use other peoples' modules in your code
  • More advanced stuff like using virtualenv to isolate your dependencies

FYI we'll be using Python 2.7.3, not Python 3.3.0. I'll explain the differences.

Very important: If you're on a Mac you already have Python but please install XCode beforehand. If you are a Windows user then please install Python by following this guide I've written!

About the speaker: I'm your humble organizer, Jeremiah :). I'm a senior doing CS @ NYU and I've been using Python for over 2 years. I love it. Currently working on where we use Python and Django.

Looking forward to it!

PS: 5:30 is when the talk starts so get there a few mins early!

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