Sunday, August 17, 2014

Victor Vasarely Meets Tina Turtle

I've been playing around with Python Turtle, with the intention of adding finished scripts to trinket.io.  A few months ago, I was successful in porting Victor Vasarely's "Plastic Alphabet" in Python and Tk.  So, as soon as I learned about trinket.io, I've been trying to port the script into Python and Turtle.

After using brute force to get some boxes drawn in Turtle.  This weekend I was able to finish the algorithm to get Turtle to draw columns and rows of boxes.  Needless to say, but the power of trinkets is that you can develop Turtle using your preferred Python IDE, and then simply cut and paste the script into a trinket. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kahn Academy Interactive Javascript

At the same time I'm checking out trinket.io, I'm trying to brush up on my Javascript. Plus, I wanted to give Kahn Academy's programming courses a trial run. the interactive Javascript window is pretty awesome.  It's a actually a very intelligent IDE as well, which is nice!

Spin-off of "Intro to Coloring"

Made using: Khan Academy Computer Science.



P.S. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to scale the embed script, so it fits here.  But, with a wider template, it should work fine. P.S.S I did find out how to turn off the editor, so you get the final output.

Another trinket.io example

One of the many uses of trinket.io is engagement and measurement. For example, If you're teaching a class on Python, you could simply paste a trinket into your blog or website, and then, with each session opened by a client, the visitor has their own interactive Python environment.


When participants have finished the assignment, they can share the result on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linked In, Reddit, or Hacker News.  Pretty cool, don't you think?  This portable Python environment really changes everything.  It's a whole new way of engaging with the user group.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Using Trinket To Share Interactive Python

Just discovered this service for posting interactive Python.  Here is a sample from the Trinket website.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wish For The Future Technology Workshop

The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed,” William Gibson.   What will you do? How will you make sure that you, or your children, thrive in the future?  Will you settle for merely surviving the future?  Or will you create the future by inventing it? What will do to master the future and make technology work for you, your children, and your business?

The Puerto Rico Python Interest Group, along with Optico Fiber from Critical Hub Networks, is proud to present the first ever “Wish For the Future” (W4TF)  technology workshop.  The week long workshop is open to ages 9 to 99 and will provide an introduction to digital media technologies.  As space is limited, tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Interested participants can find out more information by visiting the PRPIG community on Google Plus, the PRPIG Facebook Page, and Twitter @pr_pig.

Wish For The Future

The W4TF is a hub of inspiration, ideas, and activities to facilitate cross-generational learning among kids and adults aged 10 - 99. It’s aim is to foster a creative platform for envisioning a future in which the world will work for 100% of humanity. How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone? If you were the pilot of “Spaceship earth.” how would you operate it to sustain humanity and the planet? What do you want to make of the future?

The workshop is planned for July 28th until Aug 1.  Sessions will be from 12:00pm to 4:00 pm.  Critical Hub Networks has generously donated the theater of the art deco El Tel├ęgrafo building in Santurce.

The workshop will consist of workstations that participants will rotate through during the course of the week.  In each workstation the participant will interact with some advanced technology to help create a time capsule with the workshop's collective wish for the future.  The time capsule is scheduled to be opened in 2112.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

O'Reilly User Group Program - Free Books for Review

One of the many benefits of participating in the O'Reilly User Group is free books for review.  With this opportunity Puerto Rico Python Interest Group members can complete reviews of any book in their catalog.   PRPIG is standing member in the program, which means if you're a member of PRPIG, you can participate right now!

Not a member? Simply join the PRPIG Google+ Community or like the PRPIG  Facebook Page.

Leave me a comment if you would like to find out more information about this opportunity. I look forward to participating myself. I'll let you know how it works out.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sample Chapter - Head First Python

PRPIG Offering free access to O'Reilly Python Book Samples

As part of the O'Reilly User Group program, we have access to a library of O'Reilly book samples.  I'll be
sharing some of them that I think might be helpful for our community.

The first is Head First Python.  If you've been struggling with getting started, perhaps the Head First series might be able to help.  Designed and written using a completely new approach to teaching complex topics, the Head First books offer a fresh perspective on learning Python.

Head First Python - Sample