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by shifty1966
Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:03 am
Forum: Python
Topic: pygame
Replies: 16
Views: 1821

Re: pygame

I've got the Raspberry Pi user guide. It seems OK as far as it goes, but doesn't really explain why you're doing what you're doing, so although I could do the exercises, I didn't come away with much of an understanding.

I'll give the Educational Manual a go and see how I get on.
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: pygame
Replies: 16
Views: 1821

Re: pygame

My problem is, because I'n completely new to programming, not just to Python, I really need to learn from the ground up. That being the case I can't just think of a project and work out how to get there as I don't even understand the basics of programming. A real "idiot's guide" is what's needed :lol:
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Python Programming For Beginners
Replies: 0
Views: 513

Python Programming For Beginners

Given that I know nothing about programming, has anyone used this book? The reviews look pretty decent, just wondering if anyone's got any first-hand experience. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Python-Programming-Absolute-Beginner-Dawson/dp/1435455002/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362339343&sr=1-3 Please ...
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: pygame
Replies: 16
Views: 1821

Re: pygame

Having just been looking through the Python Pit articles in the pdf's of The MagPi, it looks like I may need to rethink things. Other than the very first issue, it looks like some prior knowledge of programming is needed, which I don't have. I was hoping to be able to avoid spending 30-odd quid on a...
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: pygame
Replies: 16
Views: 1821

Re: pygame

Just been following the Python exercises in the first couple of issues of The MagPi. Still don't know enough about programming to try anything off my own bat.

I'd never done any programming at all before getting my Pi, so it really does need to be as basic (no pun intended) as possible.
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: The South Yorkshire Pi Group
Replies: 53
Views: 9837

Re: The South Yorkshire Pi Group

Thanks tzj; looks like it's almost over the road from the station. Just had a look on Street view and I recognise the weird kettle-shaped building. Reckon I could find the place easily enough.
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: pygame
Replies: 16
Views: 1821

Re: pygame

Got to say that cheatsheet looks a bit busy and intimidating for a complete novice. Thanks for taking the time though.
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: The South Yorkshire Pi Group
Replies: 53
Views: 9837

Re: The South Yorkshire Pi Group

Where's the gist hub in relation to the train station please? I'm in Chesterfield so Sheffield's only a few minutes on the train.
by shifty1966
Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: pygame
Replies: 16
Views: 1821

pygame

I'm using the pre-loaded SD card from element14. Does it have pygame included? If so, is does anyone know of a really simple (as in complete programming novice) user guide for it. If it isn't included, is there a similarly numpty-proof guide to installing it onto either the card or a flash drive? Th...
by shifty1966
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide (solved)
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Re: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide

jojopi wrote:The two commas after firstNumber are not typed as a full stop, but missing completely.
Thanks, I need a proof-reader :lol:

The more I looked at it, the less likely I probably was to notice it.
by shifty1966
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide (solved)
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Re: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide

rurwin wrote:The only thing I can think of is that you mis-typed the comma as a full-stop. The line as you have it above is correct.
Checked that, definitely a comma.
by shifty1966
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide (solved)
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Re: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide

userName = raw_input("What is your name? ") print "Welcome to the program,", userName goAgain =1 while goAgain ==1: firstNumber = int(raw_input("Type the first number: ")) secondNumber = int(raw_input("Type the second number: ")) print firstNumber, "added to", secondNumber, "equals", firstNumber + ...
by shifty1966
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide (solved)
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Re: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide

Thanks for that. Now running it in IDLE, not IDLE3, and get another syntax error in the line: print firstNumber, "minus", secondNumber, "equals", firstNumber - secondNumber with the highlight on the second quote mark (i.e. the end of "minus"). The corresponding quote in the previous line ("added to"...
by shifty1966
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide (solved)
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Example program from Raspberry Pi user guide (solved)

So, I'm following the Python chapter in the Raspberry Pi User Guide, and have already run up against a problem. Following Example 2 ( the calculator program), I've copied the code exactly as in the example, and on trying to run it I get a syntax error warning. in the second line of the program: prin...
by shifty1966
Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Beginning Python - any good?
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Thanks for the tips guys.

I only got my Pi at Christmas, and have already found this forum really helpful on a couple of occasions. Awesome community! :D
by shifty1966
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Beginning Python - any good?
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

The book I always recommend is Python For Informatics by Charles Severance . It has the advantage that it is free. It has a very gentle start, assuming no previous knowledge of programming. It is based on "Think Python: How to Think like a Computer Scientist" by Allen B. Downey which is also free a...
by shifty1966
Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Beginning Python - any good?
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Thanks, just bought Raspberry Pi - An Easy Guide to Computing. Looks worthwhile to go through that before trying the one specifically about Python.

Still got a little of the Pi user guide left to work through too
by shifty1966
Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Beginning Python - any good?
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Beginning Python - any good?

I'm a complete novice to programming, which is why I bought my Raspberry Pi. Reviews I've read suggest this is better than Python for Dummies, but how useful (or simple) is it for a complete beginner? http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/magnus+l-+hetland/beginning+python/6131906/ Woul...
by shifty1966
Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: MS Arc wireless keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: MS Arc wireless keyboard

Thanks for the list. Genius KB-06XE is on the list, which is nice seeing as I've just bought one from Maplins for a tenner literally minutes before seeing your post. I've still got the receipt for the MS Arc, so I'll go and see if PC World will take it back. If not, there's always ebay... :lol:
by shifty1966
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: monitor issues
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Re: monitor issues

I got a HDMI to DVI cable pretty cheap on Amazon. You'd probably get one in Maplins too, if you've got one near you.
by shifty1966
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: MS Arc wireless keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: MS Arc wireless keyboard

Thanks for that; I'll test it on my desktop PC and see if it has the same issues on that. It's pretty much unusable on the Pi - frustrating because that's the only thing stopping me from getting going.
I see a cheap generic keyboard in my future :D
by shifty1966
Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3520
Views: 105320

Re: Introduce yourself!

Hi there,

I'm completely new to Raspberry Pi, Linux and programming, so I'm about as much of a newbie as it's possible to get.

My wife got me a Pi for Christmas; I'm hoping to be able to use it to teach myself programming as I've fancied having a go at programming for years.
by shifty1966
Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: MS Arc wireless keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

MS Arc wireless keyboard

Hi, hoping someone can help out a complete noob. When I say "complete", I've never used the Pi or Linux before. I'm using my Raspberry Pi for the first time, and am having an infuriating problem with the keyboard. I'm using a Microsoft Arc wireless keyboard. The keyboard seems to be both over- and u...

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