CodeRefinery workshop in Espoo

Teaching researchers in sustainable software development

December 11-13, 2018, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Hands-on informal and interactive three-day event with type-along type of presentations, live coding and demos. Short tutorials alternate with practical exercises.

Software requirements

Please follow the links below and make sure that you install all the required software packages. Note that, e.g., a working Python executable on your laptop is not sufficient - a version greater than 3.4 is strongly recommended and a number of extra packages need to be installed as detailed on the Python installation page.

  • Bash
  • Editor
  • Git
  • Python
  • (optional) Visual diff tools
  • Jupyter and JupyterLab
  • Snakemake
  • (optional) Docker
  • Accounts
  • Schedule

    Tuesday, December 11 Wednesday, December 12 Thursday, December 13


    The event is organized at Aalto University but is open to everyone. The location is the U9 lecture hall, undergraduate center (main building), Otakaari 1, Espoo. Detailed location information is available at UsefulAaltoMap. This location is around 10 minutes from the previously announced location at CSC. The HSL journey planner can help you get there, and the easiest way to get to Aalto is to take the metro to the Aalto University metro station. To find the within the building, walk to area on the map, then then up to the second floor.


    9:00 am to 5:00 pm


    Free of charge.

    Course goals

    The aim of this course is to demonstrate to and familiarize the workshop participants with best practices and tools in modern research software development. The main focus is on professional tools for efficiently developing and maintaining research software. Since most research code is developed in a collaborative setting, we will discuss tools and workflows which facilitate this process. Most of the content is also relevant to a single developer.

    Who the course is for

    If you are writing code that is used in research, then this course is for you. If you develop research code and you know all the tools already, join us as a helper! It's fun, and you always learn something new about a subject by teaching it.

    What we will not teach

    This is not a course about a specific programming language or the Linux/Unix terminal shell. We assume that you are familiar with the programming language that you use in your work and research. We try to keep the course as language-independent as possible but we will show some basic code examples in Python.


    • You should be able to navigate the file tree in a terminal session and edit text files in the terminal.
    • Basics in at least one programming language.
    • You will need to bring a laptop.
    • It is good if you have access to Eduroam.
    • You need to install some software. Please follow links in the schedule.


    • Richard Darst
    • Radovan Bast
    • Juho Lehtonen
    • Stefan Negru


    • João M. da Silva


    CodeRefinery is a project within the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC). NeIC is an organisational unit under NordForsk.

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    Radovan Bast
    High Performance Computing Group
    UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    +47 776 44117