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Wisconsin Mini-PyCamp™ 2013

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For beginners, this ultra-low-cost Python Boot Camp introduces you to the fundamentals of Python. PyCamp emphasizes the features which make Python a simpler and more efficient language. Following along with example Python PushUps speeds your learning process in a modern high-tech classroom. Learn how to create your own Python modules in just three days at PyCamp. This mini-PyCamp is a condensed version of the full five day PyCamp and is offered as part of the Plone Symposium Midwest 2013.
PyCampers are ecstatic about functional programming with Python.

Registration Has Closed!

When and where? • How to register? • Is PyCamp for me? • What to expect? • Who is your instructor? • What you need to bring? • What you need to do to prepare? • Who is coming to PyCamp? • Where to stay? • Is there a flyer?

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When and Where

Classroom 3232, UW Oshkosh Sage Hall.

This PyCamp is offered as part of Plone Symposium Midwest 2013. However, you do not have to attend the symposium or have an interest in Plone in order to attend this PyCamp (although we hope you do both!).

PyCamp takes place in a state of the art high technology classroom. Networking and AC power are provided at every seat. A video projection screen monitors the presentation computer at the front of the room. The seating is conference style where you can spread out. Restroom facilities are next door. Food service facilities are nearby on campus.

Check-in occurs at 8:30am on the first day. Class starts at 9am each following day. Class runs until 5pm each day.

How To Register: Registration Closed!

Registration schedule:

  • All registrations with a email address are discounted to $250 USD per seat until May 24.
  • Complete by Friday, March 22 for early bird registration ($275 USD).
  • Complete by Friday, May 17 for regular registration ($300 USD).
  • Complete by Friday, May 31 for late registration ($325 USD).

PyCampers celebrate their quick learning experience.

Qualify Yourself

  • Do you know how to use a text editor (not a word processor, but a text editor)?
  • Do you know how to issue a change directory command at your operating system prompt?
  • Do you know what an environment variable of your operating system is?
  • Do you know what a PATH environment variable does for your operating system?
  • Do you know how to edit your operating system's PATH environment variable?
  • Do you know how to use a browser to download a file?
  • Do you know how to run a program installer?

If you answered "Yes" to all of the above, then PyCamp is probably for you.

If you already know Python, then PyCamp will probably seem a bit redundant to you. You are welcome to come to PyCamp and "brush up" your skills. But be forewarned that PyCamp is paced for beginners.

What To Expect

Check out the PyCamp syllabus. The syllabus is continually revised in response to feedback from previous TriZPUG PyCamps. The syllabus reflects what beginners can be reasonably expected to usefully comprehend and retain in five days.

PyCamp represents a unique pedagogical approach. You will learn:

PyCampers whoop it up.
  • By Example - Many programming courses take the rote "reference manual" approach where you are taught all the elements of a language and then expected to apply them from memory. PyCamp teaches through Python language elements applied in working examples instead of abstract concepts.
  • By Following Along - Many programming courses lecture passive students. Others leave students to work through programming problems on their own. You will instead participate by stepping through working code line by line, building up new features and making changes as you follow along in guided labs. By repeating Python PushUps, you will retain what you learn.
  • By Pythonic Method - Every programming language has a culture and idioms which make it unique. Too many programming courses apply a generic approach to languages, resulting in programmers who write Java programs in Perl. You will learn the zen-ful practices which make Python the most elegant and practical of programming languages.

Your instructor

Your instructor is Chris Calloway, applications analyst for the University of North Carolina Department of Marine Sciences and a member of the Plone Foundation. Chris taught the original PyCamp and has organized many boot camps and sprints for TriZPUG. Chris has been developing in Python for 14 years and has 33 years of of IT experience, primarily with IBM. Chris has previously developed and taught 40 hour courses about Java technology.

What You Need To Bring

  • A wireless laptop (required!) with any of the following OS platforms:
    • Windows 7 or Vista with latest service packs and an accessible administrative login account,
    • Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later with XCode installed, or
    • Linux with a 2.6 kernel and a package manager (rpm, yum, apt-get, synaptic, etc.).
  • An AC power adapter for your laptop,
  • Optional: an Ethernet cable for your laptop.

What You Need To Do To Prepare

Please follow the installation instructions before class. It is important to show up prepared for class. If you have any problems with the instructions, please don't hesitate to ask for help from


See the participant list updated daily.

Where To Stay

Plone Symposium Midwest 2013 has prepared a lodging guide with special rates for PyCamp and the symposium.

Get the Flyer

You can let others know about PyCamp by posting the PyCamp flyer, because PyCamp is just too good to keep a secret.