Thursday Code Night

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Open Code Night

This is a group that meets on Thursday nights in the classroom from 6-8PM and sometimes beyond to learn, discuss, observe, or ignore programming and development with other people. Currently people have expressed interest in learning Python (programming language), C (programming language), SQL (database language), and Arduino (microcontroller for making digital devices), HTML/CSS (languages for developing websites), and Javascript (programming language for websites/mobile apps).



If you don't have much (or any) coding experience, Python is usually a good place to start (unless your primary goal is a website, then see HTML/CSS). It is the most similar to plain English, has lots of tutorials freely available online, preexisting libraries (code other people have written) to do almost anything you want, and you will be able to find more people to help when you get stuck.

  • MIT Python Course - This is a free course from and MIT that is very well done. It will be quite challenging for anyone completely new to coding, but is still doable, especially if you come to Open Code to do your homework and ask questions. It is a really great resource if you already have some experience coding but are looking to transition to Python, or if you already code in Python but would like to sharpen your abilities. It doubles as a nice intro to some computer science concepts.
  • TreeHouse Python - Treehouse charges ~$25/month but offers a 7-day free trial, and you can also get access through Louisville Free Public Library but they currently have a waitlist. Treehouse has a wider range of courses from Python for non-coders up through more advanced topics like web scraping, data science with NumPy/Pandas, building flexible websites with Flask/Django and more. They also offer other courses across a wide range of languages/technologies(Android, C#, Javascript, HTML/CSS, Databases, Java, Ruby, Swift, Go and more).
  • Recommended Python Learning Resources - A really nice compilation of Python Resources. Most of these are geared at people who already have ~1 year of experience coding, so this is a great place to play around if you already feel relatively comfortable programming in some language, but would like to get better at Python specifically


C is a lower level language than Python, which means that less stuff is done automatically, but with this comes a greater degree of control and speed. If you're interested in working on microcontrollers or robotics, C would likely be helpful to you. If you're interested in Computer Science, especially programming languages or compilers, you should give C a go.

  • Talk to Ned, he taught himself C for doing cool stuff in the makerspace and may be able to put you on the right path. Nathan Armentrout (Open Code Night's Member Sponsor, is also very experienced in C)


SQL stands for structured query language and is designed for interacting with databases. It allows you to create, access, update, and search information across different databases and tables. It is usually used in conjunction with another language or application that then does something with that data (e.g. display it on a webpage).

September 2019 Meetings

  • September 12th - Separated into groups and worked on some data science stuff (using popular python libraries to perform analysis on Louisville Metro's Data, Github repo of what we did and we plan to build on it next week. Other groups worked on Python, front-end, and "Cracking the Coding Interview"
  • September 5th - Had a really good mix of people including several new students from CodeLouisville's Front End Web Dev course, a new coder who is exploring devops/docker/kubernetes, and a local React Native (javascript framework for building cell phone apps). Chris was awesome and brought hot peppers from his garden.

August 2019 Meetings

  • August 29th - First Meeting. Discussed Python, ( fastai) and other things. The donuts were amazing.