An Introduction to Python

The Philadelphia Python Users Group (PhillyPUG)
The Philadelphia Python Users Group (PhillyPUG)
Public group
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You are invited to learn and practice Python basics at the Philly Python Workshop! This event is for people who have very little or no programming experience.

This is a 1.5 day event, with sessions on Friday March 3rd from 6 PM to 9 PM and Saturday March 4th from 9 AM to 4 PM. You must be able to the attend the full session both days to participate.

On Friday evening you'll set up your development environment, learn how to execute Python code from a file and interactively from a Python prompt, and practice printing to the screen and using Python as a calculator.

We'll spend Saturday on a lecture-based introduction to Python, taking breaks to practice concepts on bite-sized exercises. We'll also practice Python through short projects on a variety of fun and practical topics.

Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment where people can develop their programming skills with confidence. Instructors from PhillyPUG will be friendly guides throughout the event.

Rough schedule

Friday evening

laptop setup

first steps with Python


review Friday's material

lecture-based introduction to Python with hands-on practice


wrap-up and next steps

Things to bring on Friday and Saturday

Your laptop computer that you have admin privileges on, running a recent version of Linux, Mac OS, or Windows, and power cord. No other prior set up is required. Note you will not be able to get the full experience on a Chromebook, tablet, or similar device. Also, bring a water bottle, notebooks and pens, and anything else you need to help you learn.

Feel free to bring your own dinner Friday. We'll have coffee Saturday morning and lunch on Saturday.

Workshop fee: $30

The workshop fee exists to guarantee your spot. We've all been to events where many more people RSVP than actually attend -- it's a bummer. The workshop fee is a guard against a class full of empty seats. However, we are not making any money off of the workshop. The instructors and TAs are all volunteers. Your fee will cover some basic costs like food but, if you cannot afford the fee, we will gladly offer a reduced rate or waive the fee altogether. No need to apply for a scholarship - just ask. No one is turned away due to cost.


We will issue refunds in the event that the class is cancelled. We don't issue refunds or credits for future classes to individuals if they are unable to attend class.

Code of Conduct

The Philadelphia Python User Group welcomes programmers of all backgrounds and experience levels. PhillyPUG event participants are expected to follow the Python Software Foundation's Code of Conduct, found here: .