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Python Office Hours

This originally started out as a study group for people working through the same online course. But you don't have to be taking an online course to come to office hours. Perhaps you are curious about programming, or curious about python. Perhaps you have something you want to build and know that python can help.

This is a chance for people to get together for moral support, project assistance, and homework assistance. We’ll have an experienced python developer or two on hand to help answer questions and explain difficult concepts. This is an “office hours” event with volunteer teaching assistants. For students, the expectation is that you watch lectures, read tutorials and attempt homework on your own, then use this as a resource to aid in learning. For people who may not be students but have ideas for projects, the expectation is that you can bounce ideas off of other people in the group for review, and get help with any python bits along the way. If you don't have a project, or aren't taking a class, but are just curious about python, or maybe even about programming in general, then we might be able to help by giving you a starting point to explore.

 

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  • Geoff B.

    Cool! Mike was a great host and helped me and Randall out a lot!!

    April 5, 2013

  • Sheila M.

    I apologize profusely for missing the meeting. My coworkers kept me longer than I expected. How did it go?

    April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mike was nice. Pizza was ok. Only Mike, Jenny, Geoff and I showed up though. Do you remember the name of the guy who was doing the bobble heads.

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The frat house seems to have at least a momentary overload.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, not able to make to this one. Hopefully the next...

    April 4, 2013

  • Dan F.

    sorry! something has come up and I can't make it tonight, I will be at one soon though, good luck all

    April 4, 2013

  • Wes M.

    I'm a python enthusiast from St. Louis, MO. I came up to Chicago yesterday to meet with a recruiter as I'm trying to relocate to Chicago! It's a perk that I found this meetup for while I'm here. I look forward to meeting some of the regulars and get an introduction to your culture tomorrow evening.

    April 3, 2013

    • Sheila M.

      You should also consider visiting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. That's when ChiPy meets. check the schedule at chipy.org. They don't use meetup for tracking those meetings, usually.

      April 3, 2013

  • Sheila M.

    I found out about wakari.io and pythonanywhere.com at pycon, and they both look like a very easy way for people to use an ipython (etc.) environment without needing to install anything. If folks want to try out a scientific programming environment (or just programming) try them out during the meeting.

    I will try to have a 3 minute "hey look at this" using them.

    April 3, 2013

    • Wes M.

      This is nice on windows. I typically run my ipython notebook from a terminal in ubuntu, but today I'm using a windows machine.

      April 3, 2013

  • Sheila M.

    Hi everyone, I've cleaned up the wiki page a little, http://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Python_Office_Hours

    I'd like to be able to prepare in advance if anyone of you have specific things you want to look at.

    Someone who hosts another office hours group has an algorithm of the week to start meetings. That sounds like a neat idea, do any of you have an algorithm or data structure that you'd like to review to start this meeting? I have an idea if no one nominates anything. I will try to keep it to 5 minutes so that people are able to spend time on their own projects for the rest of the meeting.

    March 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I played with wing101 in my Windows side of desktop this morning and am liking that better than the shell so will likely also install that. I may get a few more steps done before Thursday since I will go to open gov hack Tuesday.

      April 1, 2013

    • Sheila M.

      The email you pasted isn't necessary for the meeting... esp since you have a linux distro handy now. VirtualBox would have been handy for someone who is having a hard time getting an env running on Windows.

      April 3, 2013

  • Sheila M.

    It turns out that I forgot Thursday I have a going away party, which may eat a little in to me arriving, and someone has volunteered to host the first part of the meeting.

    April 3, 2013

  • Dan F.

    anyone have experience or desire to learn about the pyparsing module? I need some flexible / dependable code for street address parsing and would be happy work with other folks on it.

    April 1, 2013

    • Sheila M.

      If you get maybe a screen full of interaction to show that will probably be interesting enough for a 5 minute lightning talk. People often do that. I recommend getting a copy paste of it all before you talk in case a live demo goes kaboom. secretly the mysterious lords of giving talks have python scripts that replay interactions!

      April 3, 2013

    • Sheila M.

      (Not kidding, Massimo has a library that does that. I've seen a few libraries people have written)

      April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be late because of work, but looking forward to it!

    April 1, 2013

  • Sheila M.

    Hi everyone! Brian from ChiPy volunteered to get us all a pizza. Let me know if anyone has preferences. Without any input, I'll look to get something suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters. If there are any vegans in the group, please let me know.

    April 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not a vegan but i do like the tops on deep dish spinach pizza.

      April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to programming, Chicago, and Python. Looking forward to learning!!

    March 26, 2013

  • Christopher L.

    Looking to learn if python is for me

    March 21, 2013

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