Accelerate Your Coding with PyCharm and Visual Studio Code

Oct 6, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
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Event Description
Learn how to make the most of the programmatic tools and techniques that software developers use to write robust, reproducible Python code quickly and efficiently. We will go through a sample scientific programming project and use PyCharm (and Visual Studio) IDEs to write, test, and debug code that executes on the cloud (the Princeton clusters/Azure Cloud). Along the way we will explore some tips, tricks and workflows that we have found especially useful when writing research code that goes beyond Jupyter Notebooks.

Learning objectives: Attendees will learn how to use Python IDEs for remote development and debugging

Knowledge prerequisites: Basic understanding of Python syntax/modules is essential. Familiarity with using Anaconda to manage Python environments is desirable. An understanding of using the command line on Princeton clusters is preferred.

Hardware/software prerequisites: (1) Have an SSH client ( installed on your laptop. (2) Register for an account on Adroit ( Make sure you can SSH to Adroit before the workshop. (3) Have the PyCharm IDE (free version) ( installed on your laptop. (4) Install the Anaconda Python distribution (

Session format: This will be an in-person session. Participants can follow along the workflow on their laptops in real time, but this is not required. Course material will be made available online.

Instructor bio: Vineet Bansal is a Senior Research Software Engineer who works at Research Computing/Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML). He gets to work with several departments on campus and deals with polishing and optimizing (mostly Python-based) research codes on a day-to-day basis.


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