Western Sydney University

Aug 16-17, 2016

9:15am - 5:00pm

Instructors: Luc Small

Helpers: Aidan Wilson

General Information

Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: EB.G.05, Parramatta (South) Campus, Western Sydney University. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating sytem (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) and wifi networking configured. They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please mail training@intersect.org.au for more information.



Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Day 1

09:15 Arrival, registration, set up
09:30 Automating tasks with the Unix shell
11:00 Short Break
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Building programs with Python
15:00 Short break
16:30 Closing remarks, questions

Day 2

09:15 Arrival, registration, set up
09:30 Building programs with Python (continued)
11:00 Short Break
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Version control with Git
15:00 Short Break
16:30 Closing remarks, questions


The Unix Shell

  • Files and directories
  • History and tab completion
  • Pipes and redirection
  • Looping over files
  • Creating and running shell scripts
  • Finding things
  • Reference...

Programming in Python

  • Using libraries
  • Working with arrays
  • Reading and plotting data
  • Creating and using functions
  • Loops and conditionals
  • Defensive programming
  • Using Python from the command line
  • Reference...

Version Control with Git

  • Creating a repository
  • Recording changes to files: add, commit, ...
  • Viewing changes: status, diff, ...
  • Ignoring files
  • Working on the web: clone, pull, push, ...
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Open licenses
  • Where to host work, and why
  • Reference...


To participate in this Software Carpentry workshop you will need a laptop with a working wifi internet connection and an up-to-date web browser.

Don't forget to pack your laptop charger!