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Learn Python Visually: Creative Coding with Processing.py

Learn Python Visually: Creative Coding with Processing.py

Current price: $49.99
Publication Date: April 26th, 2021
Publisher:
No Starch Press
ISBN:
9781718500969
Pages:
296
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Description

An accessible, visual, and creative approach to teaching core coding concepts using Python's Processing.py, an open-source graphical development environment.

This beginners book introduces non-programmers to the fundamentals of computer coding within a visual, arts-focused context. Tristan Bunn’s remarkably effective teaching approach is designed to help you visualize core programming concepts while you make cool pictures, animations, and simulations using Python Mode for the open-source Processing development environment.
 
Right from the first chapter, you'll produce and manipulate colorful drawings, shapes and patterns as Bunn walks you through a series of easy-to-follow graphical coding projects that grow increasingly complex. You’ll go from drawing with code to animating a bouncing DVD screensaver and practicing data-visualization techniques. Along the way, you’ll encounter creative-yet-practical skill-building challenges that relate to everything from video games, cars, and coffee, to fine art, amoebas, and Pink Floyd. As you grow more fluent in both Python and programming in general, topics shift toward the mastery of algorithmic thinking, as you explore periodic motion, Lissajous curves, and using classes to create objects.
 
You’ll learn about:

  • Basic coding theories and concepts, like variables, data types, pixel coordinates, control flow and algorithms
  • Writing code that produces drawings, patterns, animations, data visualizations, user interfaces, and simulations
  • Using conditional statements, iteration, randomness, lists and dictionaries
  • Defining functions, reducing repetition, and making your code more modular
  • How to write classes, and create objects to structure code more efficiently
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    In addition to giving you a good grounding in general programming, the skills and knowledge you’ll gain in this book are your entry point to coding for an ever-expanding horizon of creative technologies.

    About the Author

    Tristan Bunn kicked off his web design career back in the days of PlayStation 1, grunge music, and dial-up modems. Since then, he’s worked on a diverse range of digital projects for varied clients. He’s currently involved in lecturing, research, and work that blends code, interaction, interface design, and creativity. Bunn has years of experience teaching coding for art, games, web, and other creative technologies.
     

    Praise for Learn Python Visually: Creative Coding with Processing.py

    "Learn Python Visually brings two very exciting threads together - using Python to code projects, and using Processing for making art. The book welcomes beginners by covering how to get started with the basics like shapes and color but extends the learning far by covering complex topics like object-orientation in an accessible fashion. I am excited to see what students, teachers, artists, anyone can make using this book."
    —Saber Khan, Education Community Director, Processing Foundation

    "Learn Python Visually might be one of the most creatively-minded, practical introductions to basic programming, presented in a rewarding environment, using a highly relevant language. . . . Its modern design is easy to follow and it finds a nice balance between being educational, and inspirational."
    —Dr. Rer. Nat. Ralf Biedert, Principal Engineer, Tobii AB

    "The sample programs are nicely selected and each deal with a different topic  . . . [provides] the necessary detail, but still compact. I believe Learn Python Visually will be a rich source of inspiration."
    —Alfred Abusomwan, Techs Blog