General Assembly Boston - Programming for Non-Programmers: A Crash Course in Python

When: Mon November 05, 2012 7:30 pm

Organization: General Assembly Boston

Location: Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge MA

Website: http://bit.ly/U2a70K

Jessica McKellar, Director for the Python Software Foundation

Monday, November 5th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Python is a popular and versatile programming language used for everything from creating websites to scientific computing to building games. This class will introduce beginning programmers to Python through an interactive lecture; by the end of the class, students will have hands-on exposure to many core programming concepts, be able to write useful Python programs, and have a roadmap for continuing to learn and practice programming in Python.

Prerequisites: 
None. This class assumes no prior programming experience.

Required Materials/Software:
 Please bring a laptop computer with you, and be sure to install Python and a text editor before the class begins.
 
Windows users, please install:
- Python version 2.7.3, from http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.7.3/
- The Notepad++ text editor, from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

OS X users, please install:
- The gedit text editor, from
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/binaries/mac/gedit/3.2/
You already have Python installed!

Linux users, you already have Python and a good text editor installed!

If you have trouble installing and setting up these programs,  the instructor/class aides will be available before class begins - please show up at least 30 minutes before class if you want help.

About the Instructor

Jessica McKellar is a Director for the Python Software Foundation and an organizer for the Boston Python User Group, the largest Python user group in the world. She uses Python every day as the VP of Engineering at a local startup.