[Baypiggies] ANN: Python Programming For Beginners, Dublin, CA, Sat 1/5/2013

Asim Jalis asimjalis at gmail.com
Sun Dec 30 02:24:57 CET 2012

ANN: Python Programming For Beginners, Dublin, CA, Sat 1/5/2013

Hello Piggies,

I just wanted to let everyone know about the Python For Beginners course I
am teaching on 1/5/2013. Email me if you’re interested in the discount code.



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*Python Programming For Beginners, Dublin, CA, Sat 1/5/2013*

Do you want to give your resume an edge and polish your skillset?
Do you want to work at a startup?
Do you want to get recognized at your current job for automating repetitive
Learning Python will let you do all this and more.

*Why Python?*
Python is used at Google, Yelp, DropBox, eBay and many other companies.
Python has more jobs than Ruby, Perl, PHP, and iOS on SF Bay Craigslist.
Python is a powerful language that is easy to learn and fun to use.
Python lets you code fast and makes you ridiculously productive.
With Python you can automate tasks, create web sites, grab data by scraping
it off the web, send email and text messages, generate reports, and do many
other things.

*How do I signup?*
Sign-up at http://pythonprogrammer.eventbrite.com

*When and where is this course?*
Course: Python Programming For Beginners
Date: Sat 01/05/2013
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
Location: Hyatt Place, 4950 Hacienda Drive, Dublin, CA
Company: MetaProse
Sign-up: http://pythonprogrammer.eventbrite.com

*What are the prerequisites?*
The course assumes no programming background. You should have a laptop and
a text editor such as TextPad, TextWrangler, or SublimeText2.

*Who is the instructor?*
The course is taught by Asim Jalis who has worked as a software developer
at Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and other companies for over 12 years. Asim
has taught software courses for several years and has taught at Sony, Visa,
FedEx, and Yahoo! amongst other companies. Asim has an MS in Computer
Science from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Mathematics from the
University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Here is what Asim’s students have said about him:

   - “The teacher is wonderful and I’m learning so much, and having fun
   learning. Highly recommended!”—DB, San Francisco
   - “Hands on programming throughout the class helped understand subject
   better.”—Shrinwanti Sengupta, Sony Corporation, San Francisco
   - “Teacher really took the time to make sure that each student was up
   and running with each example/lessons. he also took the time to make sure
   that each student understood the examples. Will definitely look for the
   same teacher for future classes.”—RQ, San Francisco
   - “That was very helpful, hands-on training especially to give the basic
   practical steps to start working with.”—Mikhail Maryakhin, Sony
   Corporation, San Francisco

*What does the course do for me?*
You will have the skills to develop real programs.
You will write a program to extract email addresses from Python and other
jobs on Craigslist.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.
You will have a good understanding of software development.

*What will be covered in the course?*
Installing Python
Writing and running Python programs
Using Python interactive shell with autocomplete
Data types: strings, integers, numbers, booleans
Defining variables
Defining new functions
Using regular expressions to process text
App: Which programming languages have the most jobs on Craigslist?
Branching using if, elif, else
Lists: defining, iterating, lookup, adding, removing, slicing, combining
Dictionaries: defining, iterating, lookup, adding, removing
Iterating with for, while
Reading and writing files
App: Get email addresses for all jobs on Craigslist that match keywords.
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