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Organize and learn a bit of python

Please note the change in location. Directions to Dimensional are at bottom.

Bring your laptop or pad of choice. We will use python 2.7 using a plain text editor and the command line on your system.

We will have three levels of discussion: never ever to beginner, advanced beginner/intermediate and more advanced.

I will post exercises for the meetup this weekend. Please take a look at the exercises because what you discover is what we will be discussing.

Come 15 minutes early if you need help installing python. You will do fine with most python installations but we will focus on 2.7.

You may want to try repl.it for a python 2.7 interpreter in your browser. It works well for what we are doing once the green band tells you it is loaded. Don't panic. It takes a few seconds to load.

Thank you Greg Daem and Chris Kucharski for helping us meet at Dimensional. Thank you again Aaron Pigeon and indeed.com for our first meeting space.

Directions: Dimensional is in the large building at the top the hill at Bee Cave Rd (FM 2244) and 360. Going west on Bee Cave take the first right past 360. Drive past a bank, park in the parking structure and take the stairs or elevator to the top. Dimensional is to the north of the structure.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    will we get a copy of the presentation?

    2 · February 27, 2013

  • Mike

    Thanks for organizing this. And the input from other people, as well.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to have a group within a group. would it be possible to set up sub-meetings for the weekend some place? My week-days are pretty rough.

    February 27, 2013

    • Joe M.

      I'm interested in smaller weekend work groups too.

      February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm definitely interested in something like this too.

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would limit the lecture to the first 30 minutes, while people eat. From there, split into a beginners group and intermediate/advanced and drill into specific topics with hands on coding exercises. Hands on coding is key to keeping this group strong.

    For the beginners have the focus be from 1): learning about the data types and their operators, i.e. lists, dictionaries, tuples, etc.; 2) : learn about statements, assignments, conditionals, and loops; 3). learn about functions, scope, and arguments; 4): learn about working with modules and packages within code, i.e. imports and forms; 5): learn python OOP basics.

    For the advanced topics could be something along similar lines, but more in-depth 1. advanced functions (recursion and lambda expressions, comprehension), OOP (relationships, extending built in types, static class methods, decorators), etc.

    The guys at Dimensional would potentially be interested in helping on the beginners side and putting some curriculum together.

    3 · February 27, 2013

  • Travis

    learned helpful methods to code, things to avoid, and time savers; the latter is crucial.

    February 27, 2013

  • Jeff P.

    something can up at work...

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will be there.

    February 26, 2013

  • Tom M.

    A family matter has come up.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, this time WITH the link. Found this on GitHub this morning. It's titled "A gallery of interesting IPython Notebooks". http://bit.ly/Vovy3R

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Bill B

    Meetup is working on the bug of the indeed information under the Dimensional address. We have another recommendation for getting started using python: http://codingbat.com/python. You may also want to do Zed Shaw's course: http://learnpythonthehardway.org/

    February 14, 2013

  • Bill B

    Meetup.com bug. Disregard the small text directions below the Dimensional name. The meetup is at Dimensional with directions in the lower note. I can't seem to find how to change the small text.

    February 14, 2013

  • Daniel H.

    I can provide meeting room at BMC Software's location near the Arboretum.

    January 20, 2013

    • Bill B

      Thanks Daniel. I've been swamped lately. Please come introduce yourself to me at the next meetup and we can visit.

      February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hated missing the first meeting. Other than scripting, Python will be my first language. Is there room in the audience for my level, or are the majority delving more into development and advanced topics?

    February 14, 2013

  • Jeff P.

    Howdy!

    February 13, 2013

  • Bill B

    I hear the feedback. More feedback would be good.
    We will have a meeting sooner than the currently scheduled meeting. Watch for an announcement. At the meetings we will get right to coding and we will keep it simple and straight forward with minimal detours and mini-lectures.

    We will have projects at different levels. We will improve the ability for everyone to see what is going on(both on the screen and in the physical setting). We are working on how to make the meetup work for people at different levels of experience.

    I thought the social time together at the end went well. We make sure to schedule that.

    I want to thank Danny, Ryan, Aaron and several others for helping me not make a complete botch of things, and thanks to indeed.com for their generous support with the network, the projector and the space. As Brain would say to Pinky, "Let's do the same thing we do every day..."

    1 · January 31, 2013

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