Introduction to Programming with Python

Are you brand new to coding? Want to see how fun and easy it can be? Join engaging experts Susan Ibach and Christopher Harrison for an entertaining introduction to solving real-world problems using the popular programming language, Python. Susan and Christopher offer a step-by-step walk-through, from a basic idea to translating that idea into code, and everything in between.

Don't worry about making mistakes! Python uses simple syntax, has an easy learning curve, and is a very forgiving language. In this Jump Start, you will have a new skill or completed task at the end of each module, and by the end of the two days, you will be writing programs! You also learn basic principles which can make it easier for you to learn other programming languages in the future. Don't miss this opportunity to go beyond the if statement!

[NOTE: To get the most out of the course, before the session, be sure to download these free tools: Visual Studio Express and Python Tools for Visual Studio. If you're a student, you have access to Visual Studio Professional 2013, for free, through DreamSpark.]

Course Outline:

  • Intro to Python and Visual Studio
  • Displaying Text
  • String Variables
  • Numeric Variables
  • Date Variables
  • If Statements
  • Complex If Statements
  • For Loop
  • Arrays/Lists
  • While Loop
  • Creating and Writing to Files
  • Reading from Files
  • Functions
  • Error Handling
  • From Problem to Solution
Instructor Team
Susan Ibach​ | Microsoft Canada Technical Evangelist | @hockeygeekgirl

Susan Ibach is a self professed geek and hockey nut. She is currently working as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Canada. This means she gets to share her geeky jokes with tech enthusiasts across the country! She taught computer programming and databases for more than 10 years and was known for her high-energy presentations. In her current role, she continues to introduce new technologies to fellow developers to help them on their projects and in their careers.

Christopher Harrison | Microsoft Content Development Manager | @geektrainer
Christopher Harrison is also a self-proclaimed geek with a passion for development and educating others. He got his introduction to technology when his father brought home a VIC-20, graduated to a Commodore 64, and kept growing from there. Christopher parlayed that into a long career as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), with a focus on .NET development, SharePoint, and SQL Server.
Live Event Details
September 23–24, 2014
9:00am–5:00pm PDT
What: Fast-paced live virtual session
Cost: Free
Audience: Anyone who is curious about coding, from high school students to IT Pros, hobbyists, or people looking to train on new skills

No programming experience required