Python Playground, 2nd Ed (No Starch Press)
Monday, 04 December 2023

This book shows how to turn code into tangible creations with Python Playground, a collection of 15 inventive projects that will expand your programming horizons, spark your curiosity, and elevate your coding skills. Mahesh Venkitachalam shows how to generate art and music, simulate real-world phenomena, and interact with hardware, all through the use of Python and common libraries such as numpy, matplotlib, and Pillow.

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This updated second edition has five new projects: draw fractals, bring Conway’s Game of Life into 3D space, and use a Raspberry Pi and Python to create a musical instrument, an IoT garden monitor, and a machine learning–driven speech recognition system.

Author: Mahesh Venkitachalam
Publisher: No Starch
Date: November 2023
Pages: 448
ISBN: 978-1718503045
Print: 1718503040
Kindle: B0BN57V435
Audience: Python developers
Level: Intermediate
Category: Python

Topics include:

  • Craft intricate Spirograph-like designs with parametric equations and the turtle module
  • Generate music by synthesizing plucked string sounds
  • Transform everyday images into ASCII art, photomosaics, and eye-popping autostereograms
  • Design engaging cellular automata and flocking simulations
  • Explore the realm of 3D graphics, from basic shape rendering to visualizing MRI scan data
  • Build a Raspberry Pi–powered laser show that dances along with music

See Alex Armstrong's review of the original edition from 2015.

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