Why run two-day workshops?

Between 1998 and 2012, we taught this material in intensive week-long courses, as a regular university course, and online, with varying degrees of frustration. It turns out that researchers are busy people: improving their computing skills will make them more productive in the long run, but in the short run, they have to get a grant proposal in by Thursday, mark mid-terms by Monday, and meet a paper deadline next week. While two days may not sound like much, it's all many researchers can fit in to increasingly busy schedules.