[sf-lug] Teaching programming at SF-LUG meetings
jturner at nonzerosums.org
Fri Sep 19 12:35:36 PDT 2008
A SIG within the LUG? Sounds fun to me, too.
A semblance of structure and commitment? Ok, those can be good things.
I'm in -- when I can.
Asheesh Laroia wrote:
> There was some discussion earlier on this list about teaching introductory
> programming. Thinking about it, I would love to be more directly involved
> in that sort of thing.
> I would be thrilled if any non-zero number of people decide to follow
> along. There's a great book on the web called "Think Python: An
> Introduction to Software Design" at
> http://www.greenteapress.com/thinkpython/thinkpython.html . It's a free
> (of cost) download, and it's a Free Book (in the sense of the GNU Free
> Documentation License, the same license Wikipedia uses).
> There are about ten pages per chapter, plus exercises. Maybe we can do
> one chapter and exercise per SF-LUG meeting? If someone's interested,
> reply and I'll make sure to come to SF-LUG meetings with teaching you as
> my carrot. (-: But you have to promise to read the chapter before I talk
> to you about that week's lesson. Hopefully you'll even do the exercises,
> (Honestly, this is probably more useful than an intro programming course
> at an online university, having just spent the past two hours trying to
> tutor a generally smart person who is going through such a course.)
> Anyone interested? We'll work out details. I could be convinced to do
> this outside SF-LUG meetings if people really think that's a better idea.
> (One reason to do that is to go faster, like one lesson per week.)
> -- Asheesh.
> P.S. If someone *really* wants Java or C++ instead, I can think about
> that. The Python version is more recently-updated, so pretend I never
> said this.
> P.P.S. Still thinking about this Debian packaging tutorial thing. Working
> on the announce. (-:
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