[Python-il] Looking for a little educational project for a Python newbie
shai at platonix.com
Mon Mar 1 09:46:25 IST 2010
Only a couple of weeks ago, Beni Cherniavsky posted
Which is a cool exercise, a game, and looks just perfect for this.
On Monday 01 March 2010, guy keren wrote:
> when i learned python, i went with what did it to me - ascii games.
> after preparing the very basic functions to draw a char on a given X,Y
> position - it was very easy to start writing a program that displays
> scrolling banners (actually, i used simple carriage-return tricks here),
> a jumping ball, hangman (using /usr/share/dict/linux.words for the
> words, having to do file I/O for the word choosing and for the
> high-score table), ping-pong, basketball and checkers (the last one
> included AI to play the machine's part - and required doing benchmarking
> of data structures, in order to make it possible for the machine to
> calculate more steps).
> cool-RR wrote:
> > Sounds okay. I was hoping for something with a more sexy result, but if
> > there are no other suggestions, I'll take it. Thanks.
> > On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 1:59 AM, Imri Goldberg <lorgandon at gmail.com
> > <mailto:lorgandon at gmail.com>> wrote:
> > My favorite first exercise for any language is "fnord". For Python
> > it's especially fun, because it's very easy to write.
> > The idea is simple:
> > construct sentences according to templates.
> > First version:
> > 1. Given a list of verbs, nouns, adverbs and adjectives, construct
> > sentences of the form "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective
> > adjective noun". (print them).
> > 2. Read the lists of words from files
> > 3. Also read a list of templates from a file.
> > I consider this a very good first exercise for any language because:
> > 1. The algorithm is pretty simple, so you mostly practice the
> > language itself.
> > 2. For programming beginners, the algorithm is still very much
> > teaching them.
> > 3. It covers a lot of the basic subjects: simple IO, file IO, string
> > processing, dictionaries, lists, "executable programs", etc..
> > 4. It can be extended to teach basic testing using unittest and
> > coverage.py.
> > 5. It can be extended to teach networking.
> > Cheers,
> > Imri
> > On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 10:22 PM, cool-RR <cool-rr at cool-rr.com
> > <mailto:cool-rr at cool-rr.com>> wrote:
> > Come on, that's just geek crap.
> > On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 9:57 PM, Meir Kriheli <meir at mksoft.co.il
> > <mailto:meir at mksoft.co.il>> wrote:
> > On 02/28/2010 09:20 PM, cool-RR wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I am guiding my friend in learning Python. He's a past
> > programmer in
> > other languages, so I gave him Dive into Python. But he
> > tells me he has
> > a problem: He needs more actual exercise for his Python
> > skills. I gave
> > him the Project Euler exercises, which are pretty fun,
> > but they're all
> > about algorithms and he feels he already has that part
> > under control.
> > So I'm looking for a little educational project to give
> > him to program.
> > Not something of any practical use, it should just be
> > something fun and
> > cool that will let him use many different idioms of
> > Python.
> > Does anyone have a suggestion?
> > --
> > Sincerely,
> > Ram Rachum
> > Try this:
> > http://www.pythonchallenge.com/
> > Cheers
> > --
> > Meir
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