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Intro to Python workshop

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You'll need to bring a wireless-enabled laptop.

We'll set up your development environment and go over some fundamentals of computing and programming on Saturday morning, then spend a good chunk of the day on an introduction to Python, taking breaks to practice concepts through bite-sized lessons. In the afternoon we'll break out into groups to continue writing Python using specific practice exercises.

If you'd like to get a head start, go ahead and go through these instructions( and see if you can get Python installed on your laptop, and try getting to a prompt.


Women and their friends who have no or limited programming experience. This event is welcoming and respectful of trans women. Men who want to learn Python are welcome as guests of women who are attending (please RSVP as well).
Our goal is to provide an environment in which women can develop their programming skills with confidence. You'll leave with the resources you need to continue your programming education on your own and with your fellow students. Our staff are predominantly women from the Austin programming and open source communities.
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Mazhalai (Maddy) Chellathurai is a graduate student at George Mason University working on her Doctoral Degree in computational material science. She has over 13 years of programming experience in various languages like Java, Javascript and ASP. She uses FORTRAN for high performance scientific computations and found Python to be a good alternative. Maddy is relatively new to Python and attended the maiden "Intro to Python" class, organized by PyLadiesATX in April 2013. She enjoys the shorter development time of Python, the development community and is currently using Python to generate graphs for her dissertation. She lives in Round Rock TX, with her husband and 4 year old son, and enjoys knitting.
Jessica (Jess) Freasier is a Aussie expat living in Austin for nearly 2 years. An IT program manager by profession, Jess has developed a taste for Python programming over the past year and a half. She enjoys being part of the programming community in Austin and getting the opportunity to hang out with other problem-solving women. Jess digs on Pyladies ATX and helps organize the Beginner/Beginner+ study sessions. In Sep 2013, with 2 other Texas Pyladies, she won 3rd prize at Battle Hack Austin competition sponsored by PayPal. Jess also enjoys vegan cooking, jewelry-making and writing.