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Learn Python Visually

by Tristan Bunn
April 2021, 296 pp.
ISBN-13: 
9781718500969
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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

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.

Author Bio 

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.

Table of contents 

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: Hello, World!
Chapter 2: Drawing More Complicated Shapes
Chapter 3: Introduction to Strings and Working with Text
Chapter 4: Conditional Statements
Chapter 5: Iteration and Randomness
Chapter 6: Motion and Transformation
Chapter 7: Working with Lists and Reading Data
Chapter 8: Dictionaries and JSON
Chapter 9: Functions and Periodic Motion
Chapter 10: Object-Oriented Programming and PVector
Chapter 11: Mouse and Keyboard Interaction
Afterword

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