What comes next once you are comfortable with the syntax of a programming language or two, and have written some small programs for yourself? Once a project grows to a certain size, factors beyond the immediate programming task take more and more time, and the social aspects of software development become more important.
The aim of this workshop is to give an introduction to topics that go beyond the initial knowledge of reading and writing code. How do you design programs that are modular and reusable by others? How can libraries in different languages be used together? What are tools that can help in documenting and testing code? How can development and releases be managed in group projects with multiple authors and multiple users? In a mixture of talks and many hands-on sessions we will try to address this next step. In the second half of the workshop, you will work in small groups on designing and writing a new project from scratch, giving you direct experience of having to rely on other people’s code.
Course organizer: David Grellscheid
Organized in collaboration with NORBIS - National research school in bioinformatics, biostatistics and systems biology.
Photo: ATLAS Experiment © 2011 CERN