Sep 18-19, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructors: Will Trimble, Emily Davenport, Dan Braithwaite, John Blischak
Helpers: Daniel Rabe, Nick Knoblauch, Suchandra Thapa, Bala Desinghu
Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers become more productive by teaching them basic lab skills for computing like program design, version control, data management, and task automation. This two-day hands-on bootcamp will cover basic concepts and tools; participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.
Complimentary lunch and coffee will be provided both days. This course is supported in part by the Department of Human Genetics and the Biological Sciences Division Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.
Who: The main audience of this course is graduate students that are entering their first year in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) at the University of Chicago. Any remaining spots will be made available to other researchers in the BSD.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed (listed below).
Contact: Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Faculty advisors: Allan Drummond, Matthew Stephens, Mark Abney
Logistics support: Candice Lewis
|09:00||Automating tasks with the Unix shell||Will Trimble|
|13:00||Version control with Git||Emily Davenport|
Before you leave for the day, please complete the post-bootcamp survey. It should only take a few minutes. We really appreciate it!
After registering, please complete the pre-bootcamp survey. It will only take a few minutes. We need this informatoin to help us prepare the bootcamp as well as assess the efficacy of our teaching. Also, do not worry about survey questions on topics that we are not covering. These are included because we use the same standard survey for all bootcamps.
Join the Etherpad to ask questions and find useful information during the lessons.
To participate in a Software Carpentry bootcamp, you will need working copies of the software described below. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your bootcamp.
Bash is a commonly-used shell. Using a shell gives you more power to do more tasks more quickly with your computer.
R is a programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. To interact with R, we will use RStudio, an interactive development environment (IDE).
Git is a state-of-the-art version control system. It lets you track who made changes to what when and has options for easily updating a shared or public version of your code on github.com.
Install Git for Windows by downloading and running the installer. This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.
This installer requires an active internet connection
After installing R and Git Bash:
The default shell in all versions of Mac OS X is bash,
so no need to install anything. You access bash from
the Terminal (found
/Applications/Utilities). You may want
to keep Terminal in your dock for this workshop.
The default shell is usually
but if your machine is set up differently
you can run it by opening a terminal and typing
There is no need to install anything.
You can download the binary files for your distribution
from CRAN. Or
you can use your package manager, e.g. for Debian/Ubuntu
apt-get install r-base or
yum install R.
Also, please install the
If Git is not already available on your machine you can try
to install it via your distro's package manager