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Software Carpentry: Foundations of Unix, Git, and R

Software Carpentry: Foundations of Unix, Git, and R

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools for using the command prompt, version control with Git, and the R statistical programming language, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

The workshop will take place Monday August 3 and Wednesday August 5. Registering for one day will register you for the other; you should plan to attend both days.

The workshop is open to anyone but is designed to help incoming graduate and professional students get a jump start on skiills they can use in classes, research and assistantships. You do not need any experience to participate but you will need access to a WIndows, Mac or Linux computer. The workshop will be hosted online using Zoom; instructions for accessing course material and installing software will be sent in advance. For questions, contact Data Education Coordinator Nathaniel Porter.

Workshop Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will know how to use...

  • The Unix Shell

    • Files and directories

    • History and tab completion

    • Pipes and redirection

    • Looping over files

    • Creating and running shell scripts

    • Finding things

  • Version Control with Git

    • Creating a repository

    • Recording changes to files: add, commit, …

    • Viewing changes: status, diff, …

    • Ignoring files

    • Working on the web: clone, pull, push, …

    • Resolving conflicts

    • Open licenses

    • Where to host work, and why

  • Programming in R

    • Data structures

    • Data frames

    • Subsetting data

    • Loops and conditionals

    • Base plotting

    • Creating and using functions


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email library-event-accessibility-g@vt.edu during regular business hours as far as possible prior to the event.

Dates & Times:
9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday, August 3, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm, Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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Nathaniel Porter

Social Science Data Consultant and Data Education Coordinator