Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

Recent posts

Badges (Finalized)

We have finalized our first set of Software Carpentry badges—with luck, we'll list the first set of recipients later this week. for people who comp...
February 27, 2012

Fourth (or Sixth) Online Tutorial

For the past four weeks, I've been meeting online with learners from the Space Telescope Science Institute to work through some Python topics and exercises. ...
February 24, 2012

Converting PowerPoint to SVG: Help Needed

Software Carpentry has 110 PowerPoint files, each containing between 20 and 120 slides—call it 5000 slides in total. I’d like to convert them to HTML5 for us...
February 22, 2012

What Deep Thoughts Look Like

Before writing yesterday's post about assessment, I should have explained what I mean by"fundamental concepts". I'll start with Lewis Epstein's wonderful bo...
February 22, 2012

Watch Me: Trial Run

A dozen people have come forward since I asked last week for volunteers to make short screencasts showing how they program. I just sent them a sample problem...
February 22, 2012