Hello fellow Python enthusiasts,
*Share activities you would be interested in*
I think it would be helpful if everyone shared (not necessarily
exhaustively) what they would like to learn from this group/what their
specific interests are. That way we can get an idea what the most common
points of interests are/help in determining some activities. I will give 2
examples of an activity that would interest me.
*Two examples of an activity I would be interested in*
*Problem solving exercises in Python*
1. Group up 2 people.
2. Take a small problem preferably solvable without relying too much on
packages. E.g. a problem from http://projecteuler.net/ .
3. Either both people work together on the problem or one is in the role of
solver and one in the role who is aware of the solution and guides the
other when necessary.
4. Don't immediately start coding but try to talk through the solution step
I. Try to rephrase what the problem is if it is not clear.
II. Try to explain how you would solve the problem in clear steps, be
as explicit as possible.
5. Write down the solution and see if it works.
6. Evaluate how it can be improved. (E.g. memory efficiency, execution
speed, coding style, ... )
*Cause an error exercise*
You are given the name of an error and than you are asked to cause the
E.g. Cause an IndexError: index out of range.
*Working together *
The most interesting thing about coding with someone else for me is that it
forces you to be explicit about everything you do. You discover new details
you hadn't thought about, you are forced to find arguments for choices in
But in order to do this successfully, there is one thing you should try to
be aware of: In order to create an effective learning environment everyone
needs to feel that they will not be ridiculed if they would make a mistake.
Everyone is in a different situation, everyone has been a beginner at
something at some point in their life and there is probably almost always
someone better or worse at something then you are. So being better in
comparison to others in a learning environment is not so important, its
being better then yourself a few days ago that is much more important on
the long run.
*Python diversity statement*
Also know that the official Python community endorses the 'diversity
statement': "The community is based on mutual respect, tolerance, and
encouragement, and we are working to help each other live up to these
principles. We want our community to be more diverse: whoever you are, and
whatever your background, we welcome you. "
This doesn't have to be an expected activity. I am merely spreading some
ideas and asking if anyone is interested to do such an activity with me
during or after a meet up.
I am not only interested in exercising Python skills but also sharing vim
configuration and most used commands. People who are interested in
exercising Regex or SQL, we could make a few questions for eachother and
try to solve them. Even if it is only one question per meeting it would be
In general I think it would be interesting to experiment with groups of
different sizes. When you only do presentations for one large group people
will hold back more because the risk for criticism and their results are
greater than when speaking to smaller groups. So I think it would be cool
to also do activities in smaller groups.