Micro-Tutorial #1: Intro to Google’s Colaboratory

Screenshot of Google’s Colaboratory Welcome Notebook

Is your school shutdown? Do you have some time on your hands and are also interested in learning meteorology and how to use contemporary data science tools?

The world increasingly relies on people who can fuse these skills together for the benefit of society.

For those that meet the criteria above, these micro-tutorials are great place to start.

Using public data and free tools, I’ll break down the learning process for both meteorology and the tools you need for gaining a foothold on the ever growing mountain of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge and tools.

Let’s begin with one of the important tools you will use in these micro-tutorials, Google’s Colaboratory. Google’s Colaboratory is a document editor (like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple’s Pages) and a tool for executing code in various programming languages (like an Interactive Development Environment for programming in Python, Julia, etc.). These special type of documents are based on a technology called Jupyter Notebooks. Google makes these types of notebooks and some limited computing resources available for free through Google Colaboratory.

Check out the Welcome Notebook for Google’s Introduction to this unique capability. After you’ve read and ran some code through the Colaboratory Welcome notebook, check back here for additional Micro-Tutorials I’ll publish.

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Disclaimer: These micro-tutorials and blog posts about various technologies and solutions do not represent an endorsement by me, my employer, or entities that I am affiliated with and are solely to be used for what they are intended (i.e. recreational learning in topic areas discussed).

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