Workshop: Introduction to programming with python

After the really great first Introduction to programming in python back in September and many Mini-Python workshops on specific topics, we decided to rerun the starter workshop to enable more people without coding skills yet, to join the fun. So if you are interested to getting introduced to programming with the great PythonTurtle workshop we've prepared for you, please sign up.

You will need to bring your own laptop in order to participate with a recent python (2.7) installed. If you have a recent Mac or Linux, it is pre-installed, you are covered. If you are running Windows, please let the organizers know in advance, so they can help you set it up.

The space is wheelchair accessible; please call the mobile number posted at the door so we can send down the elevator for you. If you have any special needs, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Because the number of seats is limited, it is important that you only sign up if you definitely plan on coming (and do so, too!). If you can't make it for any reason, please cancel your attendance on Meetup right away so your someone on the waiting list can take your place. Thanks!

 

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  • Ulrich

    It's been a great workshop.
    I'd love to come an other time ...

    I uploaded some Python code.
    The files name is: "Ots.py".
    You'll find it here (german): Mehr -> Dateien.

    Find out, what it's doing
    by pressing the 4 arrow-keys for moving,
    the 4 colors 'r', 'g', 'b' and 'l' and
    'u'/'d' for pen up/down.

    Best wishes and have fun,
    Ulrich

    February 26, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      Thanks for Sharing Ulrich. I renamed it (Python Beginners Turtle Fun) and pushed it through twitter already. You can find the file here: http://www.meetup.com...­

      February 26, 2013

  • Nicolai von N.

    Please consider teaching people to use free software instead of sublime. For Linux Geany is a very lightweight and easy to use option (Interpret/Run stuff with F5). Maybe others know good sublime-alternatives for Mac OS X and Windows?
    Using free software is an important commitment for openness. Especially for beginners. Just remember how fucked-up the situation for the graphic designers branche and especially its newbies is.

    1 · February 7, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      @Nico , @Alexa : no, you don't have to install sublime. You can use any editor you like. But in that case we (the coaches) assume, you know your editor and how to use it. If you do not yet have any favorite editor we ask you to install sublime text (which you are free to uninstall after) in order to have one common editor on all machines independent of the OS, which all coaches know enough to help you with any editor-related troubles.

      February 18, 2013

    • Nicolai von N.

      I do understand the reasons for your choice but I am not convinced.

      February 25, 2013

  • Daria T.

    The Workshop was very interesting. I appreciated a lot the "turtle" way of thinking. The exercises with the "cage" for the turtle were difficult to understand and a little obscure but with the help of the coach I finally made it.
    I would like to go on with Python!

    February 25, 2013

  • Gerald W.

    the workshop was very interesting, well done, no questions unanswered and many more created for next time... I learned a lot, thanks to the organizers!!!

    February 24, 2013

  • Sven G.

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      Set the position and size of the window (at start) can be done with turtle.setup. Like this:

      turtle.setup (width=200, height=200, startx=0, starty=0)

      see: http://docs.python.or...­

      February 24, 2013

  • Alexandra

    I would've liked a few harder problems at the end, possibly to take home. :)

    2 · February 23, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      @Alexandra: thanks for this in depth feedback. I added the two points as Issues to our bugtracker: https://github.com/Ope...­ and https://github.com/Ope...­

      February 24, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      Also thanks for the Euler-Project-Idea. Added this as an Issue as well. https://github.com/Ope...­

      If you need any more help or challenges learning python let us know. See you at the next workshop otherwise.

      February 24, 2013

  • Julia T.

    Thanks, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot!

    February 24, 2013

  • Sebastian

    that was perfect, the turtle-way-of-learning is really a lot of fun, the tuts have helped a lot, great event, thank you very much, will visit more python-courses in future!!

    3 · February 24, 2013

    • Christian F.

      I can only second that! Thanks everyone! And I'm very much looking forward to a Django workshop. :-)

      February 24, 2013

  • Stephan K.

    I was surprised it was a rather self learning experience. Would have preferred some more tuition. Did not motivate me to learn more.

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      Sorry to read that. But yes our learners material focusses on the participant to get right into it and start working on stuff. We believe the best way to learn (technologies) is to practically do stuff with. What did you have in mind?

      February 24, 2013

  • Liljana - L.

    Great I liked it, it was light for a Saturday afternoon but that is what I exactly needed. I liked the idea of getting introduced to new programming languages. The guys were great and the material was well constructed. Keep up like that.

    2 · February 24, 2013

  • Liljana - L.

    Great I liked it, it was light for a Saturday afternoon but that is what I exactly needed. I liked the idea of getting introduced to new programming languages. The guys were great and the material was well constructed. Keep up like that.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Ulrich

    :-)

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Rui

    I've also enjoyed the method chosen quite a lot. Thanks for putting this workshop together. I think that we will have plenty of opportunities to deal with challenging problems, once we start to work on a few projects.
    Looking forward to the next one too!

    2 · February 23, 2013

  • Alexa S.

    Great tutorial. I really liked the aspect of working through a tutorial and having people around to ask questions. So everybody had the chance to work in their own pace. A few harder problems in the end would have been more challenging. Looking forward to the next one :)

    2 · February 23, 2013

  • Sven G.

    python on ubuntu.. it requires python-tk to be installed. wish i knew this earlier so i could have it installed at home.

    now the wifi line does not allow a complete update, so some files are missing, and the index is not complete. dang. so - no python-tk, no fun. o_O

    but it is good to have an offline copy of the tutorial copied off an usb stick. :-)

    now people are busy reading, editing, and testing.. good athmosphere!

    February 23, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      did you get it working eventually? I could share some other wifi with you to upgrade and install if needed.

      February 23, 2013

  • Stephan K.

    Is there a parking space?

    February 23, 2013

  • Irene

    Sorry, have to cancel!

    February 23, 2013

  • Michelle T.

    Have to cancel - next time!

    February 22, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      Alright, thanks for letting us know. See you next time,

      February 23, 2013

  • Joyce T.

    Am out with the stomach flu.

    February 23, 2013

  • Georg E.

    wie lange dauert es?

    February 21, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      Du kannst bleiben so lange du willst, ist ja eine frewillige Geschichte. Grundsätzlich arbeitet jeder nach seinem Tempo aber die meisten sind nach 3-4 stunden durch und wir haben den space auch nur bis 19h. Aber insbesondere die letzten Aufgaben sind offener gestaltet und bieten Raum sich zu entfalten und sich so lange daran auszutoben, wie es beliebt :)

      February 23, 2013

  • Daria T.

    New to this things and now there is a place for me in this meetup!
    See you on Saturday!
    Danke!

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Daria T.

      What else should I do? (in the presentation there is written "If you are running Windows, please let the organizers know in advance, so they can help you set it up.")

      February 21, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      Hi Daria, sorry coming back to you so late. You should have received an email stating what should be done if you run windows. If you didn't, please just come by a little earlier today (like 15min) and we'll set your computer up together with you :) . See you there!

      February 23, 2013

  • Liljana - L.

    I would like to know bit more on Python

    February 23, 2013

  • Alexandra R.

    Unfortunately I can´t make it after all =( but I saw there are quite a few people waiting so I hope sombody else enjoys it!

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it. Hope someone else enjoys this.

    February 21, 2013

  • Gapped

    Sign me up for the sequel! :D

    2 · February 20, 2013

  • Gapped

    Just how basic are the basics? I'm in either way! :D

    February 8, 2013

    • Amélie A.

      Thanks Grapped. It seems like you have already covered the topics of that session indeed. You are very welcome to join us at the next OTS Python sessions which will be covering more advanced concepts.

      February 20, 2013

    • Gapped

      Cool, I'll do that then and give my spot up to someone else. Cheers Amèlie, keep me posted for the next one!

      February 20, 2013

  • Hermann

    Uni Gründen

    February 18, 2013

  • Sean H.

    If I want to come and coach, should I RSVP or just show up?

    February 9, 2013

    • Amélie A.

      Hi Sean! As a coach no need to RSVP, just join us on the day. Pre-workshop briefing for coaches and discussions around the curriculum start an hour before the event itself (1p.m.).

      February 13, 2013

  • Christoph

    Can u please change your RVSP, if you cannot attend? I am on the waiting list right now ... Thank you very much in advance!

    February 6, 2013

    • Amélie A.

      More coaches are joining us, so we have extended the number of learners that can join as well ;).

      February 6, 2013

  • Rene G.

    what means "people without coding skills" here? I think about bringing my girlfriend with me to introduce her to programming in general. is this a good idea?

    January 24, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      That is a splendid idea. No coding skills means: you should be able to handle a laptop and type stuff into it. Nothing more required.

      January 30, 2013

    • Rene G.

      check! see you there :-)

      January 31, 2013

  • Hermann

    Teilnahme noch möglich?

    January 24, 2013

    • Sven G.

      hi Hermann.. die teilnahme beginnt am 29.januar - siehe
      rechts oben auf der seite: "RSVPs open: Jan 29, 6:00 PM" :-)

      January 24, 2013

    • Hermann

      Hi Sven, danke ich habe es übersehen. Grüße

      January 24, 2013

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