Although writing computer programs is sometimes thought of as a solitary activity, there are many important social aspects. For example, it is important to be able to find expertise, if you are stuck on writing an application. Dr. Tomasz Szyrowski , a recent graduate of our School has organized a user group for the python programming language. The name of the user group is PyPlym.
On the 27th April there was a meeting of PyPlym. Three staff members from Mathematics and one from computer science attended. There was a useful practical session, where code to modify the sensor output from a mobile phone was added to KML file, which could be displayed in Google Earth. There were two talks as well.
As part of our Mathematics with High Performance Computing degree we teach Python in the second year.