Teaching basic lab skills
for research computing

Our Biggest Event Ever

If you have friends or colleagues in or near Montreal, please let them know that we're running our largest bootcamp ever on April 14-15 in conjunction with PyCon 2014. Material will include our usual topics:

  • the Unix shell (and how to automate repetitive tasks);
  • Git and GitHub (and how to use version control to track and share work);
  • Python or R (and how to grow a program in a structured, testable, reusable way); and
  • databases (and the difference between structured and unstructured data).

but we'll split people between several rooms based on how much they already know so that each group can move at its own pace.

We're also running two special one-day classes at the same time. The class on April 14 will be taught by Prof. Titus Brown, and will explore next-generation sequencing (NGS) and other topics in bioinformatics using Python. The April 15 class, which will be taught by Prof. Ramnath Vaidyanathan, will be an introduction to R for Python programmers.

In addition to the tools and techniques you'll learn in these workshops, this is an opportunity to meet more than 150 other scientists who are using the same tools and facing the same challenges as you. We encourage you to sign up in pairs or groups so that you have friends to work with at the workshop, and can support one another when you're back at your desk applying what you've learned.

Please help us spread the word!


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