Around this time last year, I started posting weekly reports on the IronPython classes I was teaching at Northtec, including copies of the material that I was giving the students. These stopped abruptly around the middle of the course. The course did complete (and was fairly successful – I think the change to IronPython was definitely for the better), and I did continue making notes as I taught. However, I didn’t manage to get them online.
On the 10th of October 2009, my father passed away (very unexpectedly, of a heart attack the day before). As a result, I didn’t have as much extra time as I had anticipated, and I didn’t really have the energy/motivation to post the notes. (The classes continued, except the week of the funeral, where the hours were halved).
The course began again last week (21st July 2010), and I’m going to try this again. As I go, I’ll complete the 2009 notes as well (some/all of the links in the 2009 ones are broken, which I’ll fix, and when I get to where the notes stopped, I’ll post the notes that I took last year, although these will be less exhaustive than if I had done them at the time).
No promises, but I expect that I’ll be able to post throughout the entire course this year, and I’ll again make the material that I use available (you may use it under a Creative Commons license if you wish, although much of the material is references to IronPython in Action).
I had planned to present a short summary of the experience of using IronPython in this way at PyCon NZ, but I’m again unable to make it this year (for happier reasons – a close friend is getting married that day); perhaps next year! I’m still interested in hearing from anyone else that’s using IronPython in the classroom.