If you've ever wanted to learn to program but didn't know where to start, come on down to AMT on Tuesday the 8th, at 7:00 PM for "L2P", our new series of programming classes.
We'll start learning Python, the language of choice for MIT's introductory programming course. Don't be scared! It has simple rules and is a very easy language to learn. You'll be at "Hello World" in no time. Bring a laptop if you have one! We'll have a few spares, but having your own equipment is better. If you do bring your own, download the appropriate version of python from python.org. If you're unsure which version you need, grab "Python 2.7.1 Windows Installer" if you're on windows, and "Python 2.7.1 Mac OS X 32-bit i386/PPC Installer" if you're on a Mac. If you're on linux, then you probably know how to grab the appropriate package for yourself. Make sure you get anything newer than 2.5, but lower than 3.0.
Our textbook of choice is Zed Shaw's book, "Learn Python the Hard Way," which really isn't hard at all. The book is free and you can find it here. If you have time, try to work through Exercise 0 before Tuesday. If you run into trouble, don't get discouraged! The command line is a dark and mysterious place, and we'll be there to help.
The format will be as follows:
7:00-7:30 Eating pizza, me mumbling about how computers work
7:30-8:00 Hands on time with exercises out of the book
8:00-9:00 Office hours: work on more exercises, ask questions, learned advanced things like object-oriented programming
I'm looking forward to a fun and productive night!
L2P (Learn To Program, for complete beginners)
Tuesday, Feb 8th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Open to all, including non-members, bring a laptop, install python, and google "Learn Python The Hard Way" by Zed Shaw.
No cost, but donations are nice :D
RSVP in the comments or by email so I can get some pizzas