[Baypiggies] San Francisco-based Introduction to Programming (in Python; taught by me for free)
asheesh at asheesh.org
Sun Sep 28 12:50:53 CEST 2008
It's pretty late, so I may not be totally coherent, but:
I've been using the "Python for Software Design: How to Think Like a
Computer Scientist" textbook to teach an introduction to programming
course here in San Francisco to the SF Linux Users Group.
I'd be very happy if some other people on this list, say, were interested
in attending. So far we will have had two meetings, Monday evenings at 6
PM at The Grind Cafe
We're only on chapter two, at our second meeting. The way I'm structuring
it is that I want people to do the readings at home, and preferably do the
exercises and email me their answers to them, so that the class time can
be used to discuss what people have already read, and fix
misunderstandings or address questions. I see it as a teacher-guided
If it were a college class, it would be as if there were no real lectures,
and only the TA sesisons. I think that sort of maximizes dynamism.
There is still time for people to catch up, especially as the chapters are
ten clearly-written pages (rather than long or painfully dense). I would
love to have some more people - you're welcome to quiz me about this on
the list or off-list by private mail. Feel free to take a look at the
book and see where you would fit in; I'd also be happy if people tell me,
"Call me when you reach chapter 7 and I'll join in" or something like
that. By doing a chapter a week, it's somewhat slow-paced, I admit.
P.S. OT: Path MTU discovery problems suck.
P.P.S. I found a Python bug to conglomerate my earlier email about
Quoted-Printable encoding onto.
Do what comes naturally. Seethe and fume and throw a tantrum.
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