Tuesday Open Night 8 April 2014


091 Labs weekly Tuesday open night is tonight. The open discussion on simple OOP for novice programmers continues, this week small apps will be built with Processing. Some electronics projects will also be worked on and there will be some 3D Printing demos.

join us for a coffee and see what we are all about. Activities as diverse as electronics, knitting, papercraft, carpentry, board games and more. Come along, join us for a coffee and see what we are all about! All welcome.

C/Electronics classes, from Tuesday November 19


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Every time I say “C-with-Linux-for-hardware classes,” I feel a little like Derek Zoolander: The Alanna Kelly C Workshop for People Who Can’t Code Good and who Wanna Learn to do Other Stuff Good Too.

Anyway.

Our C-with-Linux-for-hardware classes, hosted by Alanna Kelly, will begin on this Tuesday, November 19, and run for a total of three weeks with the goal of building a simple electronic dice that has been coded in C. You’ll learning soldering, electronics, C, and Linux at an introductory level.

Access to a laptop is mandatory; and an installation of a Linux shell, vim text editor, and GCC compiler are all very strongly recommended. If you run Windows or do not know how to install GCC, a remote shell accounts on an 091 Labs Ubuntu server will be available for the duration of the classes.

The cost of the four classes is €40, along with €10 for electronic components.

In short:

  • Tuesday November 19, from 7pm to 10pm.
  • Once a week thereafter, for three subsequent weeks.
  • Have access to vim, GCC, and Linux.
  • Shell accounts to a remote Ubuntu server will be provided if you don’t have any of the above.
  • You will learn C, Linux, and simple electronics (soldering, wiring).
  • The overall project will be to build and take home an electronic six-sided dice.

You are required to have:

  1. A laptop with network access.
  2. Either a Linux installation with GCC, or an installed terminal and SSH. OS X has this in Terminal.app, and for Windows you can install either Cygwin or PuTTY.

Learn to program in the Linux shell from August 19!


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Linux scripting and programming courses @091labs.
Four weeks, four classes, beginning August 19, 7pm.

Subjects include:

  • The fundamentals of computer programming.
  • Installation and maintenance of a Linux system.
  • Bash shell syntax, structures, and pipelines.
  • Practical tasks for shell scripts.
  • Passing data to and from binary programs.
  • Binary shell programming with C#/Mono.

Requirements:

  • Laptop computer.
  • Installation media (USB key, CD-R or DVD-R).

Cost:

  • €40 general rate for the full workshop.
  • €20 reduced rate for hackerspace members and students.

For more information, contact or visit:

Bare blurbs aside, I plan to use Ubuntu for this, and start off by showing people how to install Linux on their laptop. If they survive that (and the scary liability release for my assistance), delve into Boolean logic, basic structures, and hopefully devote most of my time to doing cool and practical things with the Bash shell.

I don’t intend to handhold through the Linux installation: If you want to program or script with Linux, I expect that you at least be comfortable enough to partition your laptop and install it. I really recommend that you come into this workshop with either a function Linux installation, OS X installation, or a Cygwin installation so you can begin working immediately – example code I use will be usable in both environments (except for the respective path differences).

The Big Topics of the shell workshop include:

  • Refreshment on elementary subjects: Boolean logic, Linux and its shell.
  • Input and output (STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR), and redirection.
  • Pipelines, and using them to build workflows.
  • Parsing, searching, and appending to files.
  • Coding standards and best practices.
  • Everyday uses and examples of shell scripts.
  • Including your own binary programs (C#/Mono) in your workflow. I will cover basics of this.

Come one, come all, and geek out to your heart’s content. :)

Python for Non-Programmers – Monday, November 28th @ 7.30pm


We’re going to be running a two night class on ‘Python for Non-Programmers’ in the Labs. The two nights in question are next Monday, November 28th and the following Monday, December 5th.

This class is intended for those who have either never programmed before or are looking for a bit of a push to start learning Python. It’ll be covering the basics of programming (variables, strings, loops, arrays, functions, etc) using Python 3. In January we’ll be doing a longer Beginner Python course for those who are interested and later again, Intermediate Python.

First class starts at 7.30pm on the 28th and will run until 10pm. The first half hour is installation of the programs we’ll be using for the class. The rest of the time will be spent learning.

Second class will start at 8pm on the 5th and will also run until 10pm. This will be continuing on from where we left off the previous week.

We would ask that those who are coming along to arrive a little early, just in case.

Each class will be €2 for 091 Labs members and €4 for non-members.

If anyone has any questions, join our public mailing list and ask us there!

Introduction to Arduino: Class 2


This Wednesday is the second class of our 3-week introductory course for Arduino. Attendees should bring with them a laptop, Arduino, electronic components* and a USB cable for their Arduino. Some spare Arduinos and electronics will be available on the day, but they will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

The class is free, but spaces are limited so attendees are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. As 091 Labs is a non-profit teaching-and-learning group, any donations on the day would be greatly appreciated.

*Components should be similar to those found in ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino, available here:
http://www.oomlout.co.uk/arduino-experimentation-kit-ardx-p-183.html