An accessible, visual, and creative approach to teaching Python programming using the software literacy-focused Processing development environment. Readers learn the foundations of programming as they write code that produces creative, intriguing, and aesthetically-pleasing results.
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
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.
"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