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Software Carpentry's mission is to help people become more productive by teaching them basic computing skills like program design, version control, data management, and task automation. This two-day hands-on bootcamp will cover basic concepts and tools; participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.
Instructors: Cam Macdonell, Sam Popowich, Dana Ouellette, Vicky Varga
Who: The course is aimed at librarians and other information management professionals.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed (listed below).
Contact: Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Thursday||09:30||Introduction to task automation with the Unix shell|
|Coffee break at 10:30.|
|10:45||Programming basics with Python|
|13:00||More Python Basics|
|Coffee break at 2:30.|
|15:00||Library Card Example|
|16:15||Day 1 Wrap-up|
|Friday||09:30||Processing Library Reports in Bash|
|Coffee break at 10:30.|
|13:00||Processing Other Library Data in Python|
|Coffee break at 14:30.|
|15:00||Putting it all together|
|16:15||Day 2 Wrap-up|
Note that the following is a complete list of possible topics for bootcamps. Some topics may not be covered.
To participate in a Software Carpentry bootcamp, you will need working copies of the software described below. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your bootcamp.
When you're writing code, it's nice to have a text editor that is optimized for writing code, with features like automatic color-coding of key words. The default text editor on Mac OS X and Linux is usually set to Vim, which is not famous for being intuitive. if you accidentally find yourself stuck in it, try typing the escape key, followed by ':q!' (colon, lower-case 'q', exclamation mark), then hitting Return to return to the shell.
Bash is a commonly-used shell. Using a shell gives you more power to do more tasks more quickly with your computer.
Python is becoming very popular in scientific computing, and it's a great language for teaching general programming concepts due to its easy-to-read syntax. We teach with Python version 2.7, since it is still the most widely used. Installing all the scientific packages for Python individually can be a bit difficult, so we recommend an all-in-one installer.
Git is a state-of-the-art version control system. It lets you track who made changes to what when and has options for easily updating a shared or public version of your code on github.com.
There are two parts to installing Python on Windows: Python itself and Wing 101 for writing programs.
Notepad++ is a popular free code editor for Windows. Be aware that you must add its installation directory to your system path in order to launch it from the command line (or have other tools like Git launch it for you). Please ask your instructor to help you do this.
Install Git for Windows by download and running the installer. This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.
This installer requires an active internet connection
After installing Python and Git Bash:
The default shell in all versions of Mac OS X is bash,
so no need to install anything. You access bash from
the Terminal (found
/Applications/Utilities). You may want
to keep Terminal in your dock for this workshop.
Install Git for Mac by downloading and running the installer. For older versions of OS X (10.5-10.7) use the most recent available installer available here. Use the Leopard installer for 10.5 and the Snow Leopard installer for 10.6-10.7.
Python is already installed in OS X by default, but we will need an IDE.
The default shell is usually
but if your machine is set up differently
you can run it by opening a terminal and typing
There is no need to install anything.
If Git is not already available on your machine you can try
to install it via your distro's package manager
Instead of using
sqlite3 from the command line,
you may use this plugin
for Firefox instead.
To install it: