You may think the Python turtle module isn't useful for anything. "It's just for kids", is what many think of it. However, this module allows you to explore and experiment with many areas of Python. In this article, you'll write a Python turtle animation of a sunrise scene using named tuples: https://videopress.com/v/OgwI5VyJ?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true As you work… Continue reading Sunrise: A Python Turtle Animation Using Named Tuples
You have come across numpy.meshgrid() already. You may even have used it. But do you know what it does and how it does it? If your answer is "I'm not sure", then you're not alone. Some people find this function hard to understand. Others understand what it does but not why it's needed. And some… Continue reading numpy.meshgrid(): How Does It Work? When Do You Need It? Are There Better Alternatives?
Debugging Python code is not a mysterious art form. It's like a detective solving a mystery. This analogy comes from one of my favourite programming aphorisms: "Debugging is like being the detective in a crime movie where you are also the murderer" (Felipe Fortes). So what can real detectives tell us about debugging Python code?… Continue reading Debugging Python Code Is Like Detective Work — Let’s Investigate
Have you ever struggled to truly understand a topic? Perhaps one related to your work, or maybe linked to a hobby? Writing a computer program to investigate the subject can often help you get that extra level of understanding you're looking for. I've often used this method to understand fairly abstract physics concepts in my… Continue reading Understanding Two-Point Perspective Drawing using Python
With so many new Star Trek series coming out at the moment and in the near future, new and old Trekkies are all asking the same question: How do they build the starships in the Star Trek universe? Or maybe it's just me? This article will boldly go on a journey through classes and objects… Continue reading How Do They Build The Starships in Star Trek? Classes and Objects in Python
This week, instead of one of the tutorial-type articles I've been publishing recently, I'll go back to basics with an article aimed at those who are new to coding or those who are interested to know more about what this subject really is. Until relatively recently, coding was a subject reserved for a select few.… Continue reading What is coding? Beyond the obvious…
One of the uses of programming is to help us understand the real world through simulation. This technique is used in science, finance, and many other quantitative fields. As long as the "rules" which govern the real-world properties are known, you can write a computer program that explores the outcomes you get from following those… Continue reading Simulating a 3D Solar System In Python Using Matplotlib (Orbiting Planets Series #2)