Macquarie University

24-25 July 2019

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Richard Miller, James Tocknell, George Milunovich, Nishen Naidoo, Thomas Reichardt

Helpers: TBA

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: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Manly Room, Level 4, 17 Wally's Walk (C5C), Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2122. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: 24-25 July 2019. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants will need to bring a laptop with a macOS, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They will need an internet browser installed (Chrome recommended). Participants must also sign-up for a GitHub account if they don't already have one.

Code of Conduct: Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organisers 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 or for more information.


Wednesday, 24 July 2019 (Day 1)

09:00 Getting Started
10:30 Morning break
11:00 Starting with Python
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 More Python
15:00 Afternoon break
15:30 The Unix Shell
16:30 End of Day 1

Thursday, 25 July 2019 (Day 2)

09:00 Continuing Python
10:30 Morning break
11:00 Yet More Python
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Even More Python
15:00 Afternoon break
15:30 Version control with Git
16:30 End of Workshop (Post-workshop Survey)


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...

The Unix Shell

  • Files and Directories
  • History and Tab Completion
  • Pipes and Redirection
  • Looping Over Files
  • Creating and Running Shell Scripts
  • Finding Things
  • Reference...

Pre Workshop Setup

Before attending the workshop, you will need to ensure you have:

Workshop Materials

All the workshop materials are available in the follow in GitHub Repository: