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Thursday, June 1 2017
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Python as a way of thinking - Prof Allen Downey

Event Name: Python as a way of thinking - Prof Allen Downey
Event Description: In this meeting of the New England Microsoft Developers User Group Professor Allen Downey of Olin College will discuss how to think about Python programming in order to get the most from it. The meeting is from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Microsoft office at 5 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA. Please bring a government issued photo ID in order be admitted to the meeting. The meeting is free and open to all. You can RSVP at our URL

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Programming is not just a way to translate well-known solutions into code; it is a way to explore, discover solutions, and then create the language to express them. Programming is a meta-skill that helps people learn other skills and understand new ideas by expressing them in code. When programmers debug code that represents their understanding, they are debugging their brains at the same time. Python allows programmers to think in code, and think differently as a result.

In this talk I present examples where Python is used as a thinking tool, a way to understand abstract ideas by expressing them in code. I start with basic examples that demonstrate the expressive power of Python, and move on to recent projects that prompted me to reflect on Python as a way of thinking. I draw examples from statistics, mechanics, and digital signal processing.

There will also be a lightning talk

Lighting Talk: Python in SQL Server 2017 - Andy Novick
The next version of SQL Server will add Python as an external language callable from inside a T-SQL stored procedure.

Event Category: User Groups/SIGS
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Event Start Date & Time: 06/01/2017 6:30PM
Event End Date & Time: 06/01/2017 8:30PM
Event Full Cost to Attend: 0
Venue Name: Microsoft Office
Venue Address: 5 Wayside Road
Venue Suite/Floor: 1st Floor
City: Boston
State/Province: Massachusetts
Zip Code: 01803
Country / Region: United States of America
Organization Name: New England Microsoft Developers User Group
Organization Contact First Name: Andrew
Organization Contact Last Name: Novick
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Organization Contact Phone: 978-440-8126
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