Where: Macquarie University, Sydney.
When: February 7-8, 2013. We will start at 9:00 and end at 4:30 each day.
What: Our goal is to help scientists and engineers become more productive by teaching them basic computing skills like program design, version control, testing, and task automation. In this two-day boot camp, short tutorials will alternate with hands-on practical exercises. Participants will be encouraged both to help one another, and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. There will be online follow up sessions for 6 to 8 weeks extending the material from the boot camp.
Who: The course is aimed at postgraduate students and other scientists who are familiar with basic programming concepts (like loops, conditionals, arrays, and functions) but need help to translate this knowledge into practical tools to help them work more productively.
Requirements: If you are bringing a Linux or Mac OS X laptop, everything you'll need on the first day is already installed. If you are bringing a Windows laptop, please go to http://cygwin.com/install.html and run setup.exe (linked from that page) to install the Bash shell and a few other goodies before you arrive—we'll help you with everything else you need over lunch on day 1.
Content: The syllabus for this boot camp will include:
- using the shell to do more in less time
- using version control to manage and share information
- basic Python programming
- how (and how much) to test programs
- working with relational databases
Contact: Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.