Bits and Bites -- Programming First Steps

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Do you think that programmers are born with keyboards in their hands? Programmers are made, not born -- you too can code with the best of them. If you're interested in breaking down the barriers and mystique around programming, join us! Learn to code in a chill, non-judgmental environment.

Your facilitators, Gregg and Amanda, come from non-traditional programming backgrounds, and used to be N00bs. We have no patience for alpha geeks, macho baloney, and geek superiority.

Our big project is a web application that allows you to play a "Choose Your Own Adventure" that you write yourself! (example:

All instruction is done in the Python language, a free, open-source, cross-platform, powerful yet easy to learn language. We'll help get you going, introducing new concepts weekly. There will be hands-on assignments, lots of time for questions, and a loosely structured feel. Hacking is about liberation and democratizing power.

Prerequisites: Access to a computer where you can run or install programs. Online only is fine, but learning is better in meat space (where you'll need access to a laptop, or really strong arms to haul your desktop).

Programmers with experience are also welcome as learners or mentors.

Please let us know about any requirements around mobility, neurodiversity, or child-care needs, and we will do our best to meet them.

All class materials are at

Facilitator email(s): 
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Day of Week Change

Due to scheduling conflicts, the class will now be on WEDNESDAYS. Location is likely to be the Bedlam Theatre, which has wireless, food, coffee and beer.

Please let us know if you need childcare reimbursement, or any other accommodation / help!

G and A


Bedlam Theatre
1501 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Phone: 612-341-1038
Facilitator's experience: 
Gregg is a professional programmer (in mostly Python) with 8 years of programming experience. He has worked on diverse open and closed-source scientific programming projects. His programming blog is at Amanda works as a GIS specialist for the Noise Division of the MAC. She uses UNIX and Python on her work regularly.
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Class times: 
Repeats every week until Wed Nov 11 2009 except Wed Oct 28 2009, Wed Oct 28 2009.
Wed, 09/30/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 10/07/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 10/21/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 11/04/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 11/11/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Additional class time information: 
Online session is also available at other times. Optional labs will be available as well.
Bedlam Theatre
1501 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Phone: 612-341-1038
44° 58' 7.8816" N, 93° 15' 3.348" W
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