Dear Commons Community,
On the second day (Tuesday) of the Digital Research Institute, the two main topics were Python (morning session) and Git (afternoon session).
Michelle McSweeney led the discussion on Python, one of the more popular modern programming languages. Her presentation was clear and well-received by the participants. For those of us who have programmed in other languages (FORTRAN, BASIC, COBOL), many of the Python commands and instructions are very similar.
Jennifer Tang and Stephen Zweibel led the afternoon session on Git, a software tool for managing file revisions. The most interesting aspect of this tool is the fact that it can be maintained simultaneously on a local computer and a cloud-based system. The latter provides greater facility for collaborative projects. I was not aware of this software and found it interesting and easy to use.