Webometric Thoughts

July 10, 2008

Python for API Dummies

Filed under: API,Flickr,Python,Yahoo,workshop — admin @ 6:08 pm

Python is a really simple programming language for the novice programmer. As such I held an afternoon’s “workshop” for a couple of PhD students in my front room:

The aim of the workshop was to provide sufficient information about programming in Python so that at the end of the afternoon the user could:
-Install Python libraries
-Download information through various APIs
-Manipulate the downloaded information.
As it was necessary to create an extensive slide show, covering everything from installing Python to getting data from the Yahoo API, I thought it may potentially be of interest to other novice users who don’t know where to start.

It doesn’t necessarily include the quickest or most efficient way of doing things, but it is simple and does the job.

If you have any questions about specific points, feel free to ask…the questions can’t be more stupid than the questions the PhD students asked…and some of the slides could probably benefit from further explanation.

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