Noble Research Institute

July 31-August 1, 2017

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructors: Ross Bowman, Jamie Hadwin, Lauren Ko

Helpers: Shannon Bowman, Mark Phillips, Junil Chang, Andrew Bancroft, Luciana McCallister

General Information

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: This workshop is only available to researchers, employees and staff of the Noble Research Institute. Learners do not need any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Kruse Auditorium, 2510 Sam Noble Parkway, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: July 31-August 1, 2017. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants will be provided with a virtual machine environment with necessary software packages installed. They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email for more information.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1

09:00 Automating tasks with the Unix shell
10:30 Coffee
10:45 Continue automating tasks with the Unix shell
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Building programs with Python
14:00 Coffee
14:15 Continue Building programs with Python
16:00 Wrap-up

Day 2

09:00 Building programs with Python
10:30 Coffee
10:45 Continue Building programs with Python
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Version control with Git
14:00 Coffee
14:15 Continue Version control with Git
16:00 Wrap-up

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


The Unix Shell

  • Files and directories
  • History and tab completion
  • Pipes and redirection
  • Looping over files
  • Creating and running shell scripts
  • Finding things
  • Reference...

Programming in Python

  • Using libraries
  • Working with arrays
  • Reading and plotting data
  • Creating and using functions
  • Loops and conditionals
  • Defensive programming
  • Using Python from the command line
  • Reference...

Version Control with Git

  • Creating a repository
  • Recording changes to files: add, commit, ...
  • Viewing changes: status, diff, ...
  • Ignoring files
  • Working on the web: clone, pull, push, ...
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Open licenses
  • Where to host work, and why
  • Reference...


Virtual Machine

Staff at the Noble Research Institute have pre-installed virtual machines on institution-provided laptops for use during the workshop. Participants should require no other software setup and will be using the same virtual machine as the instructors.