EOAS Software Carpentry Workshop


  • Earth Sciences Building Seminar Room 2020 - 2207 Main Mall Vancouver Canada

All EOAS graduate students (including those registered in other departments but supervised by EOAS faculty) and EOAS postdocs, RAs, staff and faculty are invited to a Software Carpentry Workshop on two consecutive days, Tuesday September 20th and Wednesdays September 21st, 2016, in the ESB Seminar Room (ESB 5104+5106). Software Carpentry's aim is to teach researchers core computing skills so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain. 

The goal of a Software Carpentry Workshop is to help scientists and engineers become more productive by teaching them core computing skills like version control, task automation and program design. Short tutorials will alternate with hands-on practical exercises. Participants will be encouraged both to help one another, and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Specific focuses of the workshop will be:

  1. Version control: Software tools to maintain and make accessible previous versions of code, data files, etc.
  2. Automation: Techniques to take the repetitive, error-prone drudgery out of a whole range of computer analyses.
  3. Introduction to the computer shell/command line and computer programming tools that make 1 & 2 possible.*

*The workshop is aimed at people who are familiar with basic programming concepts (like loops, conditionals, arrays, and functions) but need help to translate this knowledge into practical tools to help them work more productively.

**Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed. The list will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop and installation assistance will be provided during the week beforehand.

More information about this workshop is available from Susan Allen. The Software Carpentry project site at http://software-carpentry.org/index.html has a wealth of information.

The workshop will run from 09:00-17:00.

The instructors will be Doug Latornell, Karina Ramos Musalem, and Nancy Soontiens.

There are 30 spots available in the workshop and registration is via email to Susan Allen: sallen@eos.ubc.ca