Introducing Python to others

André andre.roberge at
Fri Mar 27 03:10:34 CET 2009

On Mar 26, 6:35 am, "Paddy O'Loughlin" <patrick.olough... at>
> Hi,
> As our resident python advocate, I've been asked by my team leader to
> give a bit of a presentation as an introduction to python to the rest
> of our department.
> It'll be less than an hour, with time for taking questions at the end.
> There's not going to be a whole lot of structure to it. First, I'm
> going to open up a python terminal and show them how the interpreter
> works and a few basic syntax things and then a file .py files (got to
> show them that python's indenting structure is not something to be
> afraid of :P). I think I'll mostly show things in the order that they
> appear in the python tutorial (

Shameless plug:

Show them the Python tutorial in a regular browser window ... and then
switch tab to one in which you have the same tutorial loaded from
Crunchy ( and go through it
(interpreter and all) right from the browser's window.  I've had some
really positive reactions from long-term Pythonistas when I did that
one-on-one two years ago.

Then perhaps use IPython as a terminal window and show them other cool
stuff that people have mentioned.


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