[sapug] competition idea
michael.cohen at netspeed.com.au
Wed Mar 7 13:44:16 CET 2007
This is a great idea, and I think python is a good first language to learn
too. I usually find that people get motivated most by projects that are
practical and produce results quickly. I dont personally like things that are
too competitive - some people would always be able to invest more time than
Maybe a web based project would be good - its easy to get somewhere quickly
and the possibilities are truely endless. Maybe use python or php (python
is obviously better - but mod_php is easier to set up than mod_python).
mod_python has a parsed python handler which you can use to embed python code
in html kind of like php. Unfortunately this (like php in general) encourages
sloppy coding (tying up code with presentation) but its easier for people to
get started in.
I think prizes should be awarded for creativity as well - so web design
should be nice because people can really get stuck into the graphic design
side of it as well. Maybe a bit of lobbying can get sponsor companies to help
award more prizes - maybe web design firms could use some of the winning
entries / award vacation employment etc.
Otherwise maybe wxpython/pygtk/pyqt for some gui stuff (i dont normally work
with GUIs so i have no idea which would be simpler to get going).
On Wed, Mar 07, 2007 at 09:52:40PM +1030, Janet Hawtin wrote:
> Hi folks
> There is an idea to have a competition to encourage girls to get into
> programming and IT. It has been suggested that using python for a
> competition in schools might be a good way to do this.
> Wondering if you all have ideas about what kinds of projects and tools
> might work well for this kind of competition.
> Ideas welcome
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