[BangPypers] [ANN][X-Post] Two Day Workshop on Python

Kadambari Devarajan kadambari.devarajan at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 15:21:32 CEST 2009


As part of the MHRD funded open source mission at IITB,  Asokan P and Prabhu
Ramachandran are planning a 2 day Python workshop, along with Bhaskaracharya

Topic: Programming with Python
Date : Oct 10th and 11th, 2009
Time : 10 am to 5 pm
Venue : Bhaskaracharya Pratishthan
Instructors: Prabhu Ramachandran and Asokan P.
Website : http://www.bprim.org/mathsoftwk/python/pythonwk09.php

Intended audience:
College and University Teachers/Professors/Lecturers from any Engineering or
Science domain, and Engineering students who would like to use Python for
their basic computing and plotting needs.

Participants should be comfortable computer users and be familiar with
programming constructs such as loops, conditionals.
Familiarity with programming editors-- scite, notepad++, vi, emacs- will be
a plus.
Familiarity with using the commandline will be another plus.

At the end of the program the participants will have a good understanding of
the Python language, and selected libraries.
They will be able to write good modular procedural code and use objects.
They will get a overview of the other major topics, features and libraries
and be able to learn these on their own if required.

* Motivation, background and design philosophy.
* Basic data types: int, float and string
* Core data structures: lists, tuples and dictionaries
* Functions
* Tool chain
* Overview of the standard library
* Matplotlib
* NumPy and Scipy
* 3D plotting
* Debugging and testing

Completely hands on, exploratory mode with minimal lectures introducing
essential concepts and techniques.
Typically we will have short 10-15 minute lectures, followed by series of
graduated problems. The participants will solve them exploring the
documentation to do so and the solutions will be discussed.

Laptops can be brought by participants, and additional laptops/computers can
be provided for use for those required. Charging points will be available.

As far as installations go, you would require the following:

-- For Debian/ Ubuntu and the like:
(a) IPython
(b) Python doc
(c) the Python Profiler
(d) Scipy/Numpy
(e) Matplotlib
(f) Mayavi2 (optional)

-- For Windows XP (x86), Windows Vista (x86), Mac OS X 10.4+ (x86), RedHat 3
(x86, amd64), RedHat 4 (x86, amd64), RedHat 5 (x86, amd64), and Solaris 10
(x86, amd64) :
(a) get the EPD (http://www.enthought.com/products/epd.php) bundle and
you'll have everything you need! This is available for free for those in
academia and others can utilize the free 30 day trial version for now.

In any case, we will be providing live DVDs containing all the required
installations and some additional tools on site.

Registration :
You are requested to fill up the form on the website with signature and a
stamp from your college. Alternatively you can mail the form by email and
submit the hard copy at the time of the workshop. There is no registration
fee. Admission will be on first come first serve basis. The number of seats
is limited.

Travel and Accommodation :
Travel support will also be provided for second class train fare/bus for
outstation participants who are college teachers. Accommodation will be
provided at the venue. Lodging and boarding will be provided free of charge
for outstation participants. Arrangement of lunch for all participants will
be taken care of by the organisers. All participants will get a DVD
containing Python and other Open Source software. Details of the workshop
will be updated on the website periodically.
The number of seats is limited.

Those who intend to participate should send an e-mail to bhaskara_p at vsnl.com,
or call Mrs. Manjusha Joshi, Coordinator, Ph. No. 9822 319328 (4 pm - 7 pm)
or the Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana Office (020- 25434547,25410724) between

Thank you.

Kadambari Devarajan.

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