Summer 2014 PyCamp schedules have just been announced! I attended PyCamp last year and loved every moment of it. Being self-taught, it helped fill in a ton of gaps I had and introduced me to so much new stuff to explore. These are not meant for absolute beginners, but you don’t need to be anContinue reading “Summer 2014 PyCamps are scheduled”
I’m very happy to be attending PyCon 2014 this weekend and presenting my poster “Adventures in Learning Python.” Check out my Twitter feed to see updates from the conference, and stop by on Sunday to check out the poster in person!
I feel like any discussion of reddit as a source of anything requires a “defense of” perspective. There is a traditional and justified fear of going to the internet for help, but I have been pleasantly surprised at the /r/learnpython community. Perhaps it is because the entire purpose of this group is for newbies toContinue reading “In defense of documentation and /r/learnpython”
I was very pleased to see that Dr. Chuck has started up a new Coursera class, Programming for Everybody. A few things caught my eye immediately: There are six sessions listed that run regularly through next year. The activities are data centered. Material is based on Python for Informatics, which I know and highly regard. AsContinue reading “Programming for Everybody”
PyCon 2014 is coming up quickly! I am so excited to be presenting a poster and have been working madly to finish it up. Link to the program entry for my poster My poster focuses on students who are attempting to learn programming and/or Python from outside a standard computer science educational track. These students include (but notContinue reading “Presenting at PyCon!”
Every time I mention to someone that I believe all students should have some exposure to the fundamentals of programming, I keep getting the same question: “Why would I need learn how to program?” This is a sane response, but the conversation after that often highlights many of the misconceptions about programming and computer literacyContinue reading “Why programming?”
Books that advertise teaching you anything in some short time frame can be misleading. There are very few things where it really only takes a few minutes and a few tries at to learn. Even learning how to change a flat tire on your bike takes practice. So when books about programming advertise that theyContinue reading “Python Confessions”