Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Programming Historian is Now Available

The Programming Historian is now available on the NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment website. This work is an open-access introduction to programming in Python, aimed at working historians (and other humanists) with little previous experience. Introductory lessons teach you how to
  • install Zotero, the Python programming language and other useful tools
  • read and write data files
  • save web pages and automatically extract information from them
  • count word frequencies
  • remove stop words
  • automatically refine searches
  • make n-gram dictionaries
  • create keyword-in-context (KWIC) displays
  • make tag clouds, and
  • harvest sets of hyperlinks
The Programming Historian is a work-in-progress. We are constantly adding new material, much of it driven by reader request. Upcoming topics will include indexing, scraping projects, simple spiders, mashups and much more.

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