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Penn State Mini-PyCamp 2010

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For beginners, this ultra-low-cost Python Boot Camp makes you productive so you can get your work done quickly. PyCamp emphasizes the features which make Python a simpler and more efficient language. Following along with example Python PushUps speeds your learning process in a modern high-tech classroom. Become a self-sufficient Python developer in just three days at PyCamp! This mini-PyCamp is a condensed version of the full five day PyCamp.

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When and where? • How to register? • Is PyCamp for me? • What to expect? • Who is your instructor? • What you need to bring? • What you need to do to prepare? • Who is coming to PyCamp?Where to go each evening?

For more information, please email pycamp@trizpug.org.

PyCampers are ecstatic about functional programming with Python.

When and Where

This PyCamp is offered as part of Plone Symposium East 2010. However, you do not have to attend the symposium or have an interest in Plone in order to attend this PyCamp (although we hope you do both!).

PyCamp takes place in a state of the art high technology classroom. Wireless networking and AC power are provided. A video projection screen monitors the presentation computer at the front of the room. The seating is conference style on terraced risers all facing the instructor. Restroom facilities and a full service cafe are just down the hall. Food and beverage are allowed in the classroom.

Check-in occurs at 8:30am on the first day. Class starts at 9am each following day.

How To Register

PyCamp comes with your own single OS/single developer copy of Wingware Professional Python IDE, a $179 value.

Register at the registration page.

Registration schedule:

  • Complete by Friday, March 26 for early bird registration ($275 USD).
  • Complete by Friday, April 23 for regular registration ($300 USD).
  • Complete by Friday, May 21 for late registration ($325 USD).

Your paid PyCamp registration comes with your own single OS/single developer copy to keep of Wingware Professional Python IDE, a $179 value, distributed in class.

Qualify Yourself

PyCampers celebrate their quick learning experience.

Do you:

  • Know how to use a text editor?
  • Know how to issue a change directory command at your operating system prompt?
  • Know how to use a browser to download a file?
  • Know how to run a program installer?

If you answered "Yes," then PyCamp is probably for you.

If you already know Python, then PyCamp will probably seem a bit redundant to you. You are welcome to come to PyCamp and "brush up" your skills. But be forewarned that PyCamp is paced for beginners. Advanced language features are covered. But not before beginning features are understood by the entire class.

What To Expect

Check out the all new PyCamp syllabus. The syllabus is continually revised in response to feedback from previous TriZPUG PyCamps. The syllabus reflects what beginners can be reasonably expected to usefully comprehend and retain in three days.

PyCamp represents a unique pedagogical approach. You will learn:

PyCampers whoop it up.
  • By Example - Many programming courses take the rote "reference manual" approach where you are taught all the elements of a language and then expected to apply them from memory. PyCamp teaches through Python language elements applied in working examples instead of abstract concepts.
  • By Following Along - Many programming courses lecture passive students. Others leave students to work through programming problems on their own. You will instead participate by stepping through working code line by line, building up new features and making changes as you follow along in guided labs. By repeating Python PushUps, you will retain what you learn.
  • By Pythonic Method - Every programming language has a culture and idioms which make it unique. Too many programming courses apply a generic approach to languages, resulting in programmers who write Java programs in Perl. You will learn the zenful practices which make Python the most elegant and practical of programming languages.

Your instructor

Your instructor is Chris Calloway, applications analyst for the University of North Carolina Department of Marine Sciences and a member of the Plone Foundation. Chris taught the original PyCamp and has organized many boot camps and sprints for TriZPUG. Chris has been developing in Python for eleven years and has 30 years of of IT experience, primarily with IBM. Chris has previously developed and taught 40 hour courses about Java technology.

What You Need To Bring

  • A laptop (required!) with Wifi capability and any of the following OS platforms:
    • Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2000 with latest service packs and an accessible Administrator login password
    • Mac OSX 10.5 latest revision or better (Python 2.5.2 is included)
    • Linux with a 2.6 kernel and a package manager (rpm, yum, apt-get, synaptic, etc.).
  • An AC power adapter for your laptop.

What You Need To Do To Prepare

Follow the handy Python/Plone installation instructions.

Participants

See the participant list updated daily.