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=== Welcome to the Noisebridge PyClass! ===
  
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PyClass is an introductory Python course run by the Noisebridge community. It helps students solve common programming problems while learning about the language.  Classes are held Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the 'Church' Classroom, and are mostly organized through [https://meetup.com/noisebridge Meetup].  If you have not been to Noisebridge before, please try to arrive 15 minutes early so that you can be introduced to the space.
  
https://github.com/noisebridge/PythonClass
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=== Course Material ===
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The course contains six lessons and assorted guest lectures.  Each of the core classes covers a programming tool, from JSON in the first class to deploying a flask webapp in the last.  Each class also demonstrates a feature that makes Python special, and when taken together they are a good baseline for effective programming in the language. The current list of classes is:
  
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* Storing and transmitting information with JSON
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* [https://github.com/jgarst/PythonClass/tree/master/course/strings Working with text data]
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* Relational databases and SQL
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* Performance and Big O notation
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* Objects and Classes
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* Web applications with Flask
  
If you have feedback on class, please put it here: [[goo.gl/oMhxkv]]
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The material for these is available on [https://github.com/jgarst/PythonClass/tree/master/course github].  The classes tend to move fast, but can be repeated and have references to related material in the notes.
  
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The first three classes (JSON, text data, SQL) are suitable for anyone, but will be more difficult if you are not comfortable using python as a calculator.
  
=== Scheduled Weekly Meeting Times ===
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    # importing libraries
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    import time
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    # printing and calling functions
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    print(time.ctime())
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    # variables and math
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    calculation = (1 * 2 * 3) / 2 
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    # strings
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    print('I've done some math!', calculation)
  
We set up the space at 6:45 PM - try to arrive early to help if you are able to.
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* If you are comfortable this program, you will be comfortable with the class. <br \>
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* If can understand understand what the program is doing, the class is a good fit for you, but might seem fast.
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* If you do not have Python installed on your machine, you are invited to the class, but encouraged to arrange a time with the organizer to get started first.
  
* Monday 7:00 - 9:00 PM PST - 'Church' Classroom
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The last three classes assume familiarity with loops, functions and collections.  If you are comfortable with the following program you will be comfortable with the class.
* Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM PST - 'Church' Classroom - check the meetup page for topics
 
  
=== Mailing List ===
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     frequency_dict = {}
 
 
Sign up for this to hear updates and conversations regarding the course!
 
 
 
[https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/python Python &amp; PyClass Mailing List]
 
 
 
The mailing list uses GNU Mailman and pipermail. To search archives you may find it helpful to download the archive .tar.gz (compressed) file and use regular expressions (grep) to search.
 
 
 
The Python Class Google Group Closed on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.
 
 
 
=== Class Description, Goals, and Ideal Student ===
 
 
 
The pace of the courses will be fast, and the materials will be available online 24/7. We plan to frequently repeat modules with new twists as we iterate over course materials.
 
 
 
A major PyClass goal is to break down the courses into independent units. In other words, you won't fall behind if you miss a week. Sounds good, right?
 
 
 
To best experience the course, spend a short time reviewing the course materials before you come in. If you wish to know this week's courses, please join the mailing list and send an email out to PyClass@googlegroups.com
 
 
 
Lessons are [https://github.com/PyClass/PyClassLessons available on Github].
 
 
 
===== The 'ideal student' for this course can grasp the following code: =====
 
 
 
(Feel free to use web resources to look up anything you don't understand)
 
 
 
     <source lang="python">
 
    letter_frequency_dict = {}
 
 
     word = "noisebridge"
 
     word = "noisebridge"
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     for letter in word:
 
     for letter in word:
         times = letter_frequency_dict.get(letter, 0)
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         times = frequency_dict.get(letter, 0)
 
         times += 1
 
         times += 1
         letter_frequency_dict[letter] = times
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         frequency_dict[letter] = times
    </source>
 
  
===== We use the [http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/socratic-teaching/606 Socratic Method] =====
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=== Python Setup ===
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We use Python 3, and encourage students to do the same.  The best way to install Python depends on your operating system, but there are good [https://realpython.com/installing-python/ online tutorials] for most cases.  The class uses Jupyter notebooks for slides and example code, but encourages students to run python from text files on their computers.  If you do not have a preferred way of editing programs, Python comes with a simple code editor called IDLE.
  
====== A Socratic questioner should ======
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Python can be difficult to install. If you don't yet have a programming environment, you are encouraged to message the organizer and get help with setup.
  
# keep the discussion focused
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If you want to attend class, but don't have Python installed, you can try it out with [http://repl.it/languages/Python3 repl.it].  This will allow you to follow along every class except the last one, which covers python projects and Flask.  We still recommend installing Python on your computer as soon as possible.
# keep the discussion fact based*
 
# stimulate the discussion with probing questions
 
# periodically summarize what has and what has not been dealt with and/or resolved
 
# draw as many students as possible into the discussion.
 
  
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_responsibility intellectually responsible] can be effectively replaced with 'fact based' for our needs.
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=== Helping out and getting additional help ===
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PyClass runs on volunteer effort, and we would love to have your help keeping it it excellent!  The simplest and most appreciated contributions are simple examples of the projects you want to work on, the bugs you encounter, and the concepts you find difficult. Especially if they are succinct or easy to turn into problems that others can learn from.
  
=== New Student Reading ===
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We are always looking for more people to teach classes.  This is a great way to solidify your understanding, find new and exciting edge cases, and help others.  We welcome people teaching existing classes, or their own classes on the subjects they are most excited about.  Remember, the only thing that qualifies people to run PyClass is having enough enthusiasm to show up.
  
If you are new to python or programming in general here are some excellent resources:<br />
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If you need help getting started, getting unstuck, or getting someone to look at your code we are happy to help!  There are usually office hours during the week, announced in the class, and designed to solve these problems. Feel free to reach out over meetup to learn more.
-[http://learnpythonthehardway.org/ Learn Python the Hardway] - great guide for total beginner<br />
 
-[http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/python/ Byte of Python] - nice guide for total beginner and new to python<br />
 
-[https://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/ Excellent Official Python Tutorial - 2.7.8] - great for new to python<br />
 
-[http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028154.do Learning Python 5th edition (also at sf lib)] - A comprehensive guide to the language and its uses<br />
 
-[http://pymotw.com/2/ Python Module of the Week] - Learning the standard library by example<br />
 
-[https://www.python.org/doc/ The docs themselves! 2.x for this class] - Learn what is and how to use the standard library
 
  
There are many, many good resources for learning the language of Python and how to do awesome things with it. Those listed above are just a few based on personal experience and strong recommendations.
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=== Code of Conduct ===
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PyClass holds to the Noisebridge [https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Community_Standards Community Standards], which we take seriously.
  
=== OS / Environment / Versions ===
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We also follow the Recurse Center [https://www.recurse.com/social-rules social rules], because they are excellent at creating an environment where people are comfortable learning.
  
This section is under development.
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=== Python Resources ===
  
[https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=1a1061eaf303 Digital Ocean $10 Credit]
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For learning programming, we recommend that you consult multiple resources with a variety of formats and priorities.  Some of our favorite resources are <br />
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-[http://learnpythonthehardway.org/ Learn Python the Hard Way] - A clear introduction to python intended for people new to programming.  Written well enough to be useful for more advanced programmers as well.  Available in the Noisebridge library. <br />
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-[https://docs.python.org/3 Python Documentation] - The Python documentation is a well written and comprehensive reference.  It isn't a page turner, but should be one of your first stops when confused. <br />
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-[http://pymotw.com/3/ Python Module of the Week] - Python comes with batteries included, but it can still be hard find the best tool among the hundreds of modules it provides.  Python Module of the Week walks you through each of the standard library modules provided by the language.  <br />
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- [https://pyvideo.org/ pyvideo] - A searchable index of Python conference talks.  Drop by class for some specific recommendations! <br />
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- [http://pythontutor.com/ python tutor] - pythontutor.com allows you to walk through small pieces of code and understand how Python thinks of them.  An excellent resource for debugging mysterious Python behavior.
  
[http://aws.amazon.com/free/ Amazon's AWS has a free tier that allows you 750 compute hours every month of their t2.micro instances for 12 months]
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There are more good resources for learning Python than we can list here. Do you have a favorite that you think is missing?  Let us know!
  
-Use EC2 to create an instance from the Ubuntu 12.04 AMI for the most well known and supported platform that will come with Python 2 installed
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=== Free to all - please donate to Noisebridge! ===
 
 
For the sake of our sanity we use Python 2 for this course.
 
 
 
Installing Python with [http://docs.python-guide.org/en/latest/ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python!]
 
 
 
Emergency Python Command Line: http://repl.it/languages/Python
 
  
'''We accept refugees using all operating systems. You will be politely prodded in the direction of solutions that are closer to posix standards: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POSIX#Mostly_POSIX-compliant'''
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This course only happens because the Noisebridge community provides a space for it to exist. Maintaining the space and broader community is difficult and thankless work. The course is free, but if you want to help the community pay rent go to: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Donate_or_Pay_Dues. <br />
 
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Recommended Donations: $15, $50, $200+ Recommended monthly donations: $10, $20, $40, $80+ / month
Some routes:<br />
 
1. Install a linux virtual machine on another computer using virtualbox.<br />
 
2. Use the command line in your apple machine.<br />
 
3. Explore POSIX for windows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POSIX#POSIX_for_Windows
 
 
 
Another critical tool is git:<br />
 
''Windows: http://git-scm.com/download/win<br />
 
''Mac: http://git-scm.com/download/mac<br />
 
*Linux: (use your package manager)
 
 
 
=== Free to all - please donate to Noisebridge! ===
 
  
The course is free although we recommend a donation to Noisebridge. Donations go to: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Donate_or_Pay_Dues Recommended Donations: $15, $50, $200+ Recommended monthly donations: $10, $20, $40, $80+ / month
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[[Category:Programming languages]]

Latest revision as of 07:26, 10 July 2019

Welcome to the Noisebridge PyClass![edit]

PyClass is an introductory Python course run by the Noisebridge community. It helps students solve common programming problems while learning about the language. Classes are held Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the 'Church' Classroom, and are mostly organized through Meetup. If you have not been to Noisebridge before, please try to arrive 15 minutes early so that you can be introduced to the space.

Course Material[edit]

The course contains six lessons and assorted guest lectures. Each of the core classes covers a programming tool, from JSON in the first class to deploying a flask webapp in the last. Each class also demonstrates a feature that makes Python special, and when taken together they are a good baseline for effective programming in the language. The current list of classes is:

  • Storing and transmitting information with JSON
  • Working with text data
  • Relational databases and SQL
  • Performance and Big O notation
  • Objects and Classes
  • Web applications with Flask

The material for these is available on github. The classes tend to move fast, but can be repeated and have references to related material in the notes.

The first three classes (JSON, text data, SQL) are suitable for anyone, but will be more difficult if you are not comfortable using python as a calculator.

   # importing libraries
   import time
   
   # printing and calling functions
   print(time.ctime())
   
   # variables and math
   calculation = (1 * 2 * 3) / 2  
   
   # strings
   print('I've done some math!', calculation)
  • If you are comfortable this program, you will be comfortable with the class.
  • If can understand understand what the program is doing, the class is a good fit for you, but might seem fast.
  • If you do not have Python installed on your machine, you are invited to the class, but encouraged to arrange a time with the organizer to get started first.

The last three classes assume familiarity with loops, functions and collections. If you are comfortable with the following program you will be comfortable with the class.

   frequency_dict = {}
   word = "noisebridge"
   
   for letter in word:
       times = frequency_dict.get(letter, 0)
       times += 1
       frequency_dict[letter] = times

Python Setup[edit]

We use Python 3, and encourage students to do the same. The best way to install Python depends on your operating system, but there are good online tutorials for most cases. The class uses Jupyter notebooks for slides and example code, but encourages students to run python from text files on their computers. If you do not have a preferred way of editing programs, Python comes with a simple code editor called IDLE.

Python can be difficult to install. If you don't yet have a programming environment, you are encouraged to message the organizer and get help with setup.

If you want to attend class, but don't have Python installed, you can try it out with repl.it. This will allow you to follow along every class except the last one, which covers python projects and Flask. We still recommend installing Python on your computer as soon as possible.

Helping out and getting additional help[edit]

PyClass runs on volunteer effort, and we would love to have your help keeping it it excellent! The simplest and most appreciated contributions are simple examples of the projects you want to work on, the bugs you encounter, and the concepts you find difficult. Especially if they are succinct or easy to turn into problems that others can learn from.

We are always looking for more people to teach classes. This is a great way to solidify your understanding, find new and exciting edge cases, and help others. We welcome people teaching existing classes, or their own classes on the subjects they are most excited about. Remember, the only thing that qualifies people to run PyClass is having enough enthusiasm to show up.

If you need help getting started, getting unstuck, or getting someone to look at your code we are happy to help! There are usually office hours during the week, announced in the class, and designed to solve these problems. Feel free to reach out over meetup to learn more.

Code of Conduct[edit]

PyClass holds to the Noisebridge Community Standards, which we take seriously.

We also follow the Recurse Center social rules, because they are excellent at creating an environment where people are comfortable learning.

Python Resources[edit]

For learning programming, we recommend that you consult multiple resources with a variety of formats and priorities. Some of our favorite resources are
-Learn Python the Hard Way - A clear introduction to python intended for people new to programming. Written well enough to be useful for more advanced programmers as well. Available in the Noisebridge library.
-Python Documentation - The Python documentation is a well written and comprehensive reference. It isn't a page turner, but should be one of your first stops when confused.
-Python Module of the Week - Python comes with batteries included, but it can still be hard find the best tool among the hundreds of modules it provides. Python Module of the Week walks you through each of the standard library modules provided by the language.
- pyvideo - A searchable index of Python conference talks. Drop by class for some specific recommendations!
- python tutor - pythontutor.com allows you to walk through small pieces of code and understand how Python thinks of them. An excellent resource for debugging mysterious Python behavior.

There are more good resources for learning Python than we can list here. Do you have a favorite that you think is missing? Let us know!

Free to all - please donate to Noisebridge![edit]

This course only happens because the Noisebridge community provides a space for it to exist. Maintaining the space and broader community is difficult and thankless work. The course is free, but if you want to help the community pay rent go to: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Donate_or_Pay_Dues.
Recommended Donations: $15, $50, $200+ Recommended monthly donations: $10, $20, $40, $80+ / month