This week has been my first full software carpentry workshop
where I thought the Shell. I am familiar with the terminal since
before this century started, when I was introduced to Linux by my
educators (CS students) at the boarding school. And then I knew
already how to deffend myself on MS-DOS - since I was six!
So trying to explain somethings that is obvious for me is quite
challenging. I prepared the material well in advanced, read it
and follow the order, then I used my girlfriend as my Guinean pig
the day before the workshop started to know when and where I was
not being clear. It took us most of the day, but when the next
day I had to deliver it, everything when smooth and everyone
(hopefuly) understood all. I could not teach the whole lesson,
some bits like the
grep where left
for the students, but now I’m sure they know how to browse
within the directories, organise their files and do loops
for repetitive tasks. However, surprising enough, I’ve found out
that solar physicists are not the only ones tied to
(or newer variants), also the people from the Center for Vision,
Speech and Signal Processing at University of Surrey
haven’t upgraded to something more sane like
After each lesson we were asking for feedback in a post-it, and this is how it looked after my one… still a lot to improve, but that’s good, they were very meaningful comments!
The day continued with lessons on git and then the following day with python, testing and a real life example: SheppLogan Radon transform. The whole workshop was a success, very tiring, but a great success.
We encounter some problems with the installations like issues with
computers with usernames with cyrilic characters, windows 10 computers
crashing once per day and
history command unavailable for some.
All of these have been already reported upstream - and hopefully
solved. We managed to “solve” the cyrilic problem by installing all
the tools (swc and anaconda) outside the user main directory and
the path in the git bash terminal was able to find them.
It was an amazing experience, and I’m looking forward for the next one, maybe at my work or somewhere near-by.