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.
No Starch Press
Safari Books Online
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Mahesh Venkitachalam is a software engineer with two decades of programming experience. He has nurtured a passion for technology since the eighth grade, which he channels into his popular electronics and programming blog, electronut.in.
This is one of those rare programming books that is fun to read, and yet suited for the intermediate / advanced python programmer. I reckon even the novices should take a stab at this book, if anything to realize that the true power of Python is not just the simplicity and elegance of the language, but the vast array of open source packages that are available at your disposal to do just about anything, and this book does a great job at demonstrating that. From ASCII art & musical overtones to hardware hacking with Ardunio & Raspberry Pi, this book is enjoyable from start to finish.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend