Python Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer Front Cover

Python Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer

  • Length: 352 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2015-11-07
  • ISBN-10: 1593276044
  • ISBN-13: 9781593276041
  • Sales Rank: #62825 (See Top 100 Books)

Python is a powerful programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to play with. But once you’ve gotten a handle on the basics, what do you do next?

Python Playground is a collection of imaginative programming projects that will inspire you to use Python to make art and music, build simulations of real-world phenomena, and interact with hardware like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. You’ll learn to use common Python tools and libraries like numpy, matplotlib, and pygame to do things like:

  • Generate Spirograph-like patterns using parametric equations and the turtle module
  • Create music on your computer by simulating frequency overtones
  • Translate graphical images into ASCII art
  • Write an autostereogram program that produces 3D images hidden beneath random patterns
  • Make realistic animations with OpenGL shaders by exploring particle systems, transparency, and billboarding techniques
  • Construct 3D visualizations using data from CT and MRI scans
  • Build a laser show that responds to music by hooking up your computer to an Arduino

Programming shouldn’t be a chore. Have some solid, geeky fun with Python Playground.

Table of Contents

Part I: Warming Up
Chapter 1: Parsing iTunes Playlists
Chapter 2: Spirographs

Part II: Simulating Life
Chapter 3: Conway’s Game of Life
Chapter 4: Generating Musical Overtones with the Karplus-Strong Algorithm
Chapter 5: Boids: Simulating a Flock

Part III: Fun with Images
Chapter 6: ASCII Art
Chapter 7: Photomosaics
Chapter 8: Autostereograms

Part IV: Enter 3D
Chapter 9: Understanding OpenGL
Chapter 10: Particle Systems
Chapter 11: Volume Rendering

Part V: Hardware Hacking
Chapter 12: Introduction to the Arduino
Chapter 13: Laser Audio Display
Chapter 14: A Raspberry Pi–Based Weather Monitor

Appendix A: Software Installation
Appendix B: Basic Practical Electronics
Appendix C: Raspberry Pi Tips & Tricks

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