[Baypiggies] Python Training Course update

Charles Merriam charles.merriam at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 11:43:33 CEST 2009

The Hacker's Dojo is the obvious choice for a Python class, with the
space and good access from CalTrains and numerious freeways.


On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 12:19 AM, Glen Jarvis<glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
> I've had a reasonable amount of interest in the Free Python Course. My
> biggest struggle is that practically everyone interested is in the South Bay
> and I don't know of any suitable space that I can use for free in the area.
> If anyone knows of a space, it's a community effort and open to everyone
> (and we spread more Python knowledge :)
> I surveyed the potential participants and received 15 responses. One of my
> questions was:
> Did you know that at least four other BayPIGgie members teach Python
> courses: Wesley Chun, Jim Stockford, Marilyn Davis and Elaine Haight?
> Two thirds (66.7%) did not. So, this is definitely an area that we can help
> our other instructors in -- getting the word out. I didn't remember that Jim
> was teaching a course (I heard that from Tony). And, I haven't ever directly
> communicated with Marilyn or Elaine -- but I do see good posts here. I'd
> like to improve on my networking/relationships in this area.
> Of the last 1/3 of those interested who knew of other courses, they were
> interested in what I proposed because it was free. (That and I promised a
> similar course in Django down the road). And one person commented that the
> Foothill college course was cancelled so they were looking for a way to
> still learn.
> So, it seems that our community is interested in learning. I'm doing my best
> to step up to the plate. However, with almost everyone in the South Bay (and
> less interested in commuting to SF), this is becoming more difficult
> logistically. I'm trying three alternatives as a "creative solution": 1)
> Exploring the sfCube.com space by CalTrain (with possibly setting up a
> distance learning environment), 2) Evaluating if 2nd Life will work as a
> distance learning environment, and 3) Waiting for some magic location to
> suddenly appear in the South Bay.
> In a perfect world, we can do 1 and 2 together and make videos from it to
> share. However, this has been a *lot* of work and will be much more.
> So, we are currently delayed two more weeks. We will see what evolves by
> then. With the subversion course that I'm teaching next week at work, and
> with preparing for the potential BART strike this weekend, my plate is now
> full again. This two week delay is the best I can do until a better solution
> is found.
> There is interest in this and it's something I think our community can do
> more of. Plus, learning and teaching is just fun :) So, I hope we can find a
> way of making this work. Any feedback, questions or concerns are always
> welcome.
> Warmest Regards,
> Glen Jarvis
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