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alexwasik

Beginner Python Game Issue

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So, I just started learning Python. I use VB regularly and thought, let's try something new.

Now the juicy stuff...

I decided to borrow a simple ball bouncing program and recreate it. Although I typed it, it is an exact replica. I keep getting syntax errors at the display.get_caption() AND if I comment that out, at the "while" command... Help.

(pygame installed as well)
[source lang="python"]# My first game!

from pygame import * #Use pygame's funcitons

ballpic = image.load('ball.png')

done = False

ballx = 0 # Ball position variables
bally = 0
ballxmove = 0
ballymove = 0

init () #start pygame
screen = display.set_mode ((640,480)
display.set_caption('Ball Game')

while done == False:
screen.fill(0) #fill screen with black
screen.blit(ballpic, (ballx, bally)) #draw ball
display.update

time.delay(1)

ballx = ballx + ballxmove #update ball position
bally = bally + ballymove

if ballx > 600:
ballxmove = -1
if ballx < 0:
ballxmove = 1
if bally > 440:
bally = -1
if bally < 0:
bally = 1

for e in event.get(): #Check for ESC pressed
if e.type == KEYUP:
if e.key == K_ESCAPE:
done = True
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Are you serious?! Wow. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


Something so simple....

Side question. I'm using Notepad++ to compose code. Is there any suggestions to another program that may help with error correction?
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[quote name='alexwasik' timestamp='1355362691' post='5010039']
Are you serious?! Wow. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Something so simple....
Side question. I'm using Notepad++ to compose code. Is there any suggestions to another program that may help with error correction?
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No problem.

As far as programs go, you could try going the IDE route. Visual Studio with python tools or eclipse with the python plugin are a couple of options. They might help you out a bit, but probably not significantly.

I tried Visual Studio and python tools before, but switched to sublime text 2 because sublime just seems so lighweight. Visual Studio really didn't seem to help me that much when looking for errors. Also, most of the time, I was looking at runtime errors from the program output.

I think you'd be fine with just a text editor like notepad++ (or Sublime Text 2, which I recommend), and you'll learn to spot these things as you go along.

Good luck. :)
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While probably not best for starting off, once you have more experience under your belt and move on to bigger projects I highly recommend the PyCharm IDE found at [url="http://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/"]http://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/[/url]. You may use it free for 30 days and after that you must purchase a license. At the time of this writing a personal license may be purchased at $99 USD.
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Geany is a pretty decent IDE for Python imho, but to get it to execute your scripts you'll have to set the path (assuming your using Windows) and might want to set the indentation to just use spaces. But that's pretty easy to setup.
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[quote name='BMO' timestamp='1355371317' post='5010062']
Geany is a pretty decent IDE for Python imho, but to get it to execute your scripts you'll have to set the path (assuming your using Windows) and might want to set the indentation to just use spaces. But that's pretty easy to setup.
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Geany is really nice for Python :)
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If you're interested in learning Python through the development of a small memory match game, I recommend watching my [url="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDFB7FFF90EE6F0C1"]Python 3 video tutorial series[/url].
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