If you’ve never dabbled with it before or want to get your feet wet with a little coding python could be the place to start! Bernie’s talk relied on having python-tk installed. This is usually available by the normal synaptic or apt-get procedure (Debian/Ubuntu flavours) but if you have trouble check out the official python site for more help.
I thought it was a nice paced walk through/introduction. He has supplied the files he used as examples and they should get posted up here soon.