[Baypiggies] Suggestions on Python training for first programming language?

Marilyn Davis mdavis2 at ucsc.edu
Tue Apr 1 21:08:29 CEST 2014


At UCSC-Extension in Santa Clara, we're starting an evening class, designed
just for your friend, on April 17.

Here's our Spring assortment of classes:

Several new Python classes are starting for experienced programmers and for
novices to programming at UCSC-Extension Silicon Valley's labs in Santa
Clara, right across 101 from the Great America sign.


Next Monday evening we begin the 9 week course for experienced programmers,
which gives students experience in all core concepts of Python:

The Programmers' course is low-pressure, but fast-paced, where students
learn and practice core concepts and Pythonic thinking.  To join any of
these Python classes, you should be well-practiced at programming in some
other language.

No beginning programmers please, but you can certainly be new to Python.
 If you are beginner, find your class below.



If you would prefer an online class, you will enjoy:


The online site for this course is open now and new enrollments will be
accepted until April 8.


For 6 Thursday evenings, starting April 17, we will hold the "Introduction
To Programming For Beginners, Using Python" class which prepares
programming novices to take the Python For Programmers' class:


If you have programming experience in any language skip the Beginners class
listed above and join a Programmers' class.

All our Python courses are hands-on with short lectures, and lots of
exercises where we study the solutions after some lab time.

Questions are always welcome; discussion and pair-programming are

Please come, and send students!


And, the first quarter of the professional course is available for $20 at
Udemy.Com!  I'm so busy that I can't say when the rest of the course will
be there, but I'm working on it.


I hope you find one of these classes useful to your schedule and your taste.

Marilyn Davis

On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM, seth f <sfseth at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I have a good friend of 20+ years that seems curious about getting more
> technical.   She's whip-smart, super creative, and frustrated with her
> current gig, which I gather is like somewhere in between editor of content
> and QA.
> My initial reaction was, the Python community especially around here is
> super cool, of course that's what my first thought is.  Get above (or
> below) the content level, get to the machinery at work, a happier life
> exists.
> Question to the group, I ask on her behalf: can anyone recommend any
> particular python classes?  Or is anyone doing tutoring kind of stuff?   jj?
> It would sadden me to see her go off into PHP or Perl lands, I think it
> would be a couple of years of "wow" and then a world of despair.  Java I
> think the corporateness would get to her right off.
> So of course I'm biased but I suggested Python... I suggested Ruby too,
> with the caveat that I just found Ruby to be cutesy, and both of us are
> pretty dark in our senses of humor.
> Anyway, if we've got any Python educators on the list please let me know.
> Thanks!
> seth
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