Ladies Learning Code – Python Day. #ladieslearningcode

I’ve been playing around with learning python for nearly a year. I’ll admit, I haven’t put much effort into it, and tended to find other things to fill the time available to practice and learn. Part of it is because I have a programming background, from my university days. Which might not make sense, but there are so many similarities between programming languages, that eventually some of them blend into one language and from there frustration. In any case, I though it would be worthwhile to try the social learning method available through Ladies Learning Code (LLC). And once I saw that they were offering a python course I signed up immediately.

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PAX East Recap – Gamification, AbleGamers Foundation, Nerdification

After our Brunch at Veggie Galaxy it was time to go Nerd out at PAX. A couple of the signs outside the convention center really capture how it feels to be there – “Welcome Home” was my favourite, another one referencing WarGames was ‘Would you like to play a game?” The Boston Convention Center was totally packed with people and there were so many things to do, it was hard to decide. We managed to catch one of the panels I really wanted to see called “If I hear Gamification one more time I’m going to scream” was great and I’m glad we went. While sometimes it felt like a big self-promotion fest, there was a lot of valuable discussion on what gamification is and isn’t, and it’s potential uses for education, health, and fitness (as evidenced by Fitocracy.)

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Nerd Break – Learning Python

I have programming experience, but in all my years of university, barely anything was said about python in classes. At some point I decided that for personal (and potentially professional reasons), I should get with the program(ming) and learn languages other than javascript and variations of C. Luckily, the internet is full of resources and some of them are even good ones. A good starting point is the Python website itself. They have guides for non-programmers, beginners, and people slightly familiar with coding. There are books and websites available that also focus on python from a bioinformatics perspective, which makes it a extra interesting. The best find so far? Google’s Programming YouTube videos. Google had someone to teach python classes to their staff, the classes were recorded and put on the web for free. Day 1 Part 1

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