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pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:24 pm
by shifty1966
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?

Thanks, and apologies for being a bit useless.

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:41 pm
by gordon77
I don't know if its that version but it is in the latest if you install that. Note its for python 2.7 not v3.

Gordon77

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:57 pm
by gordon77
I found this useful to get started

http://inventwithpython.com/pygamecheatsheet.png

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:04 pm
by shifty1966
Got to say that cheatsheet looks a bit busy and intimidating for a complete novice. Thanks for taking the time though.

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:30 pm
by gordon77
OK. I found it a good reference.

Are you trying to do anything in particular ?

Gordon77

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:51 pm
by shifty1966
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.

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:27 pm
by shifty1966
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 book in order to learn Python, but it's looking at the moment like I might just have to bite the bullet.

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:05 pm
by texy
Around the time I got my first Pi, last april, it was my birthday, so I asked for a particular python book, as its always difficult to buy a present for the guy who has everything ;)
Anyway, I got a quarter of the way throught it, but now whenever I,m trying to do something in particular, I just google it. There's loads of tutorials and help out out there.
And python is so versatile too - with plenty of add on libraries and tools. So if you want to avoid spending any money, you don't need to.
Then again, it is nice to have a book sometimes.............

Texy ;)

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:11 pm
by shifty1966
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:

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:51 pm
by gordon77

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:59 pm
by Philly
I too am a complete novice, I got the book Raspberry PI User Guide by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree which I have found very usefull.

Part of it explains some basic python code that prints "Hello World" plus making a simple calculator, making a snake game and a program to monitor users connected to an internet relay chat channel.

It also mentions further reading at
The official Beginners Guide to Python at http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuige

Other places are mentioned as well.

As I said, as a complete novice I recommend this bit of reading.

Hope this helps

Phil

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:03 pm
by Philly
whoops typo should have been

http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide

soz :)

Re: pygame

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:05 pm
by croston
Or there is the Raspberry Pi Educational Manual:
http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/Raspbe ... Manual.pdf

Re: pygame

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:03 am
by shifty1966
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.

Re: pygame

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:52 pm
by -rst-
Maybe try this http://learnpythonthehardway.org/

The 'official' Python tutorial is not too bad either (but then again, I have previous programming experience from other languages, so might not see this similarly) http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/

Re: pygame

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:02 pm
by BirchJD
I think this series of videos are very good. And you can pause and rewind which is very helpful:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... GdEP3bAWzO

Re: pygame

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:55 pm
by winkleink
At the link there are 2 books available as PDF downloads and of you like them you can buy the print versions on Amazon.

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python
Gives a great introduction to Python and assumes no knowledge.

Making Games with Python & Pygame
This obviously covers pygame.
The games are actually the ones provided in the Raspbian distro so you would have the source if you have Raspbian.

The pair of these books are great.
http://inventwithpython.com/