Python on Campus

Welcome to the main resource page for Python on Campus held on June 8th, 2013.

  • When: Saturday June 8th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm.
  • Where: FLEX Lab, Dana Porter Library, LIB-329
Please RSVP, space is limited.


All you need to bring is your laptop and power cord, we will provide the place to plug in and knowledgeable volunteer tutors.

  • 12:30pm to 1pm Welcome, setup
  • 1pm to 2pm Intro to Python
  • 2pm to 3pm Break, Install Python Locally
  • 3pm to 4:30pm Project: twitter command line client.


Intro to Python

To get started learning to code and Python we will use an interact web based experience powered by iPython.

You will need a modern web browser. We recommend Chrome which can be installed anywhere for free, but Firefox, Safari or IE10 should work as well. Ask a tutor if you need help installing a new browser.

Click the link below to open iPython Notebook.

Last name A to G:

Last name H to L:

Last name M to Z:

There you will find your personalized notebook link.

Installing Python

1) Install Python

On Windows follow these instructions to install and this first section about environment variables.

At a command prompt typing python should give you a Python prompt:

C:\> python

Python 2.7.2 (default, Jun 20 2012, 16:23:33
[GCC 4.2.1 Compatible Apple Clang 4.0 (tags/Apple/clang-418.0.60)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

On Mac OS X and Linux it is possible Python is already installed but it may not be Python 2.7.x.

For Mac OS X you can get an installer for the latest Python for your OS version on the Python website.

For Linux use your distribution's packages manager (apt-get for example).

If you have any trouble please ask a tutor for help.

2) Install Pip

On Windows (32bit) download the installer from this page If you are using 64bit Windows as a tutor or try to follow the instructions on the previous link.

For Mac OS X you can download and run it (python to install easy_install. Once easy_install is installed you can run

easy_install pip

to install pip.

For Linux use your distribution's package manager: apt-get install python-pip

3) Pick an Editor

Having a good text editor helps prevent issues you may have with whitespace in the beginning. There are plugin for common editors like VIM, Emacs and Eclipse. If you don't have an editor of choice yet one to try for today is Komodo Edit.

No matter what editor you use, set it up to use spaces instead of tabs and make the indent 4 spaces.


The project is divided in a several small goals. The process will be to practice developing with Python. Editing files, saving them, running the code via the command line.

The project is to create a command line utility to read, post and search Twitter.

Follow the goals here.

Next Steps

  1. Click on Learn in the main navigation. Join the Google Group and checkout the resources
  2. Keep learning, try to Python tutorial now you can develop with the IDLE and ask questions ont he Google Group.