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=== New Student Reading ===
=== New Student Reading ===

Revision as of 21:41, 12 February 2015

PSAs and Events

PSA 1-26-15: DO NOT COME TO PYCLASS ON WEDNESDAY (although Noisebridge is still open). As of February 1st, attend PyClass on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Thursday in the Church Classroom will replace the Wednesday.

PSA 10-1-14: PyClass starts at 7:00 PM, try to come a few minutes earlier. We want to finish up by nine so people can hack or catch their preferred train home. You can come at any time, but YMMV (your mileage may vary).

PSA 8-19-14: The noisebridge wiki and github readme files have the same information and updates.

PSA 8-16-14: The new curriculum for the Noisebridge PyClass is a crash course in the Python standard library, also touching on modules that are popular but not quite part of the standard modules. Scroll down to see the course list.

Scheduled Weekly Meeting Times

We set up the space at 6:45 PM - try to arrive early to help if you are able to.

  • Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 PM PST - 'Turing' Classroom
  • Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM PST - 'Church' Classroom

Mailing List

Sign up for this to hear updates and conversations regarding the course!


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 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"

for letter in word:

   times = letter_frequency_dict.get(letter, 0)
   times += 1
   letter_frequency_dict[letter] = times</source>
We use the Socratic Method
A Socratic questioner should
  1. keep the discussion focused
  2. keep the discussion fact based*
  3. stimulate the discussion with probing questions
  4. periodically summarize what has and what has not been dealt with and/or resolved
  5. draw as many students as possible into the discussion.
* intellectually responsible can be effectively replaced with 'fact based' for our needs.

New Student Reading

If you are new to python or programming in general here are some excellent resources:
-Learn Python the Hardway - great guide for total beginner
-Byte of Python - nice guide for total beginner and new to python
-Excellent Official Python Tutorial - 2.7.8 - great for new to python
-Learning Python 5th edition (also at sf lib) - A comprehensive guide to the language and its uses
-Python Module of the Week - Learning the standard library by example
-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.

OS / Environment / Versions

This section is under development.

Digital Ocean $10 Credit

For the sake of our sanity we use Python 2 for this course.

Installing Python with 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

Some routes:
1. Install a linux virtual machine on another computer using virtualbox.
2. Use the command line in your apple machine.
3. Explore POSIX for windows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POSIX#POSIX_for_Windows

Another critical tool is git:
Windows: http://git-scm.com/download/win
Mac: http://git-scm.com/download/mac
*Linux: (use your package manager)