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Python - The Adventure Begins (and other tidbits)

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I wish they had a snake post icon...

Today I started on what I hope will be a fun quest to learn the language of Python, my first ever attempt at a high-level language. While I've seen code many times before, I never really understood all the wording and such, but in only a few hours, I can now safely say I'm familiar with the basics. [smile] Things like if, elif, while and a number of other things are now engrained, only took me 21 years to get there.

I've already written a few little programs: Fibonnacci sequence, password, number guessing game, they're all really simple but I'm excited to know I can actually make these things now.

I have lots to learn and will be sharing some of the cooler things (at least cool to me) with you all. So stay tuned!


In other news, Fruny, IrishArtist and I are working towards our card game and have nearly completed the initial design of the game. While Fruny is putting together a card client in Python and IrishArtist is doing some card design work, I'm tweaking the ruleset and figuring out how the card system will work. We've gotten quite a number of offers for help, ranging from art to audio to additional programming, so we'll be seeing just who we'll need in the next few days here.


San Diego is two days away and I'm ready for some fun times. We'll be there for six days (18th through 24th) and will be hitting all the tourist spots in addition to visiting the relatives. We'll be going to Seaworld, Balboa Park (Zoo), that beach with the sea lions (forgot the name), and a number of other places. I'm going to try to get in a game of golf with my cousin but our schedule is pretty tight.

Until next time!
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La Jolla Cove, I think is what you're thinking of (the beach with the seals/sea lions). I live up in Del Mar, so, whee!

Yeah, Python is alright. I just started up with Perl a few days ago, and it's pretty nice too. I figured that I knew C, C++, Java, Smalltalk, and some Python, so I might as well throw Perl in for the ride too!

Have fun in San Diego, and good luck with Python!

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I hope you have a lot of success with Python. So far I only have 2 problems with it:

1) Speed - sometimes poor performance can be noticeable, but thankfully never critical in my experience.

2) Graphics - PyGame is ok for 2D but doesn't take advantage of modern graphical capabilities. PyOpenGL gives you all the power you could want but is just as low-level as OpenGL in C++, so you don't gain much. I'd like fix this, some day.

I also have some issues with Python for web development, but that's another story (and one I'll keep to my own journal). However I hope to make progress with my game development in Python and I'd be interested to hear of your future experiences, here and on the Scripting Languages forum.

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