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Mount’s IT club offers Python workshop

April 17, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Mount senior IT major Derek O’Hanlon, president of the Byte Knights club, presents a workshop “Python: How to not feel strangle” for the Mount community.

Mount senior IT major Derek O’Hanlon, president of the Byte Knights club, presents a workshop “Python: How to not feel strangle” for the Mount community.

Byte Knights, Mount Saint Mary College’s Information Technology club, recently presented “Python: How to not feel strangled” for the college community, teaching on computer programming using Python.
 
The workshop, which was run by club president and current Mount senior Derek O’Hanlon of Goshen, N.Y., explained the basics of computer programming to those who had no prior experience. The presentation included a history of Python programming language and its importance in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, followed by a hands-on introduction to several programming concepts including variables, expressions, conditions, loops, and lists.
 
As O’Hanlon pointed out in the presentation, programming is an important skill required not only by students interested in Information Technology, but also for non-computing disciplines. There is a great demand of job seeking candidates in the industry who have computer programming skills in addition to the knowledge of their own domain.
 
The Information Technology program at the Mount offers several programming courses to prepare students for these types of responsibilities, including programming using visual basics, object-oriented programming in Java/Python as an elective, web application development using Php and MySQL, and front-end development using HTML and Javascript.
In the past, Byte Knights members have presented workshops on mobile application development for iOS devices and website development using HTML. The club plans to host similar workshops for the Mount community in future semesters.