ALA Unit/Subunit: LITA
Meeting Type: Preconference/Institute, Ticketed Event
Cost: Ticketed Event. Not included with registration. Visit the Ticketed Events Information Page for further details.
This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the Python programming language through a fun project you can show off. No coding experience required. With a provided starter kit of library data and sample code, you’ll learn to use regular expressions and some basic Python. By the end of the workshop, you’ll build your own customized Twitter bot that will send tweets out into the world!
Python is a great “gateway” programming language especially suited to library work, like text analysis and metadata cleanup. Bots are interesting tools — often text-based — that work behind the scenes of the web. They tell us the weather forecast (hey Siri) and fix links on Wikipedia, and on Twitter, they can add whimsical serendipity to your tweet stream. (Our favorites include @JustToSayBot and @TwoHeadlines.) In this workshop, you’ll gain an elementary understanding of Python and make a working bot in the process.