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An introduction to Python for women and their friends

Learn and practice Python basics at this introductory workshop. This is a 1.5 day event, with sessions on Friday, February 3 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturday, February 4 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You must be able to attend both days to participate.



Women and their friends who have no programming experience or limited programming experience. Men are welcome as guests of women who are attending.



We'll be following the curriculum developed by our friends at the Boston Python Workshop.

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 and using Python as a calculator.

On Saturday we'll spend the morning on a lecture-based introduction to the language, taking breaks to practice concepts on bite-sized exercises. In the afternoon we'll break out into groups to practice Python through short projects on a variety of fun and practical topics.

Projects might include:

**graphing and data analysis

**using the Twitter API to write parts of a Twitter client

**wordplay and the power of regular expressions

**programming graphical effects for a ColorWall

Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment in which women can develop their programming skills with confidence. Our staff are from PyStar Philly, PhillyPUG, and the Boston Python Workshop.


Venue details

The workshop will be at Devnuts. They are at:
908 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA



Friday evening, February 3: laptop setup and first steps with Python

6 PM to 8:30 PM: set up your development environment and practice running Python. 

Saturday, February 4: lecture and projects

9:30 AM - 10 AM: settle in and review Friday's material.

10 AM - Noon: welcome and lecture-based introduction to Python with hands-on practice.

Noon - 1 PM: lunch, provided by TBA

1 PM - 1:30PM: lightning talks from previous workshop graduates

1:30 PM - 4 PM: projects.

4 PM - 4:30 PM: wrap-up and next steps.


Things to bring on Friday and Saturday

your laptop computer, notebooks and pens (and anything else you need to help you learn)



Thanks to our friends at the Python Software Foundation for sponsoring this workshop.



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  • Elena C.

    I feel that I learned so much in just 1.25 days. I know how to code in Python now yay!

    February 7, 2012

  • Angel R.

    I really enjoyed this event and I learned quite a bit about pyhton is a very short period of time. The instructors are experienced and present the lessons effectivley. I felt very welcomed and the entire group was extremely friendly. A great learning environment. Looking forward to the next meet.

    February 5, 2012

  • Rachel B.

    great idea. great implementation. starting from the beginning and plowing through to make real progress in less than 24 hours. thanks so much to Dana and Maneesha for organizing and teaching. all the volunteer teachers were great.

    when you see it offered again - sign up!

    February 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent session. Definitely hands on and I had learned quite a bit by the end of the day. It's nice to leave a workshop feeling like you've accomplished something!

    February 4, 2012

  • Cindy K.

    Great group and great tutorial.

    February 4, 2012

  • Maneesha S.

    Hi Jim -
    The event is free, but we're filled to capacity with a long waitlist. You're welcome to join the list & see what happens...but we're also hoping to hold these workshops a few times a year so keep an eye out for something later this year.
    The monthly PhillyPUG meetups will also include some introductory material, & we'll be hosting project nights like last week where people of all levels are welcome to to come together to work on projects or tutorials.

    1 · January 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this free event?

    January 30, 2012

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