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by antiloquax
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Want to learn programming alongside my 6 year old.
Replies: 18
Views: 5875

Re: Want to learn programming alongside my 6 year old.

<t>I agree totally. The fun is in the fact that you make it yourself the only limits are your imagination and programming skill.<br/> <br/> In an article in the Observer, said coding is:<br/> <br/> <br/> the nearest thing to magic that we've yet invented. It's pure "thought stuff" – which means that...
by antiloquax
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Why Python?
Replies: 9
Views: 4550

Re: Why Python?

<t>I think that the foundation "chose" Python for several reasons:<br/> <br/> 1. It's known to be quite easy to learn.<br/> <br/> 2. It's popular (winning many Linux user magazines' "best programming language award" regularly).<br/> <br/> 3. You can do OOP in Python, but you don't have to.<br/> <br/...
by antiloquax
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: This might be useful for a programming club ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1985

Re: This might be useful for a programming club ...

Thanks Jaseman

I think it would help people who weren't sure how to install stuff in Linux.

By the way - did you get my email. I sent a .zip file of my article and the images.

cheers,

mark
by antiloquax
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: This might be useful for a programming club ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1985

Re: This might be useful for a programming club ...

Yes - it's based on Racy Puppy, but I've installed Python 2.7.2 and 3.1.4 with Pygame (and jdk 7).

mark
by antiloquax
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: This might be useful for a programming club ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1985

Re: This might be useful for a programming club ...

More recent version of RacyPy is here.

I"ve also made a .pet of Joe"s Own Editor (as used by Eben in his webinar), for those using Puppy Linux.
by antiloquax
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: Python
Topic: Python for learners, friendly IDE and API needed
Replies: 36
Views: 11275

Re: Python for learners, friendly IDE and API needed

<t>Zobeid Zuma said: <br/> <br/> <br/> As for PyGame....  I like the sound of PyGame, but my first attempts to install it and get it running on both Mac OS X and Ubuntu failed.  Also, it doesn't seem to fully support Python 3 yet, which I assume ought to be our basis for learning the language.<br/> ...
by antiloquax
Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Python for learners, friendly IDE and API needed
Replies: 36
Views: 11275

Re: Python for learners, friendly IDE and API needed

<t>At the moment we don"t know exactly what the educational image will include. The Debian image doesn"t have idle or Pygame. In his webinar, Eben was using joe. It won"t really matter what editor people use, as long as the educational release makes it easy for kids to get started.<br/> In response ...
by antiloquax
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine
Replies: 262
Views: 53936

Re: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine

<t>Thanks Jaseman. I now have a working emulation of the Debian Image. Of course, in that video, Liam isn't using the RPi Debian Arm image - he's just using a standard Debian installation.<br/> <br/> It looks like the Debian image does not have idle. It does have Leafpad, but I suppose Joe is a bett...
by antiloquax
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine
Replies: 262
Views: 53936

Re: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine

<t>Yes - I was thinking of writing up an example very similar to that.<br/> <br/> I"ve been having a look at the Debian image - can"t get lxde to start yet <br/> Anyway .. It looks like that has Python 2.6 and no sign of Pygame! That explains why the game sample progs Eben shared used curses, I supp...
by antiloquax
Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine
Replies: 262
Views: 53936

Re: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine

<t>Hi Jaseman,<br/> <br/> I agree that it's best to leave discussions of editors at this point - and not to assume that all users will have internet access.<br/> <br/> I am working on my article now. I'm using Joe and Python 2.7.2. I'll email you a draft of the first part soon, so that you can see i...
by antiloquax
Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine
Replies: 262
Views: 53936

Re: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine

<t>Hi Jaseman,<br/> <br/> Just a question about editors. I do plan to get used to using Joe, but I was wondering if we know whether the Python IDLE will work on the RPi?<br/> <br/> IDLE's editor is easier to use for beginners - and screenshots rom it look a lot nicer than Joe .<br/> <br/> Anyway ......
by antiloquax
Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine
Replies: 262
Views: 53936

Re: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine

The MagPi looks great!

It's good to see the picture of David Braben - Elite was just the best game ever!
by antiloquax
Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine
Replies: 262
Views: 53936

Re: MagPi – Raspberry Pi Magazine

Hi Jaseman,

I've downloaded the game tar.gz and I'll have a look.

I haven't used joe before, so I'll get that installed and get used to it.

mark
by antiloquax
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: This is an excellent book on Python
Replies: 10
Views: 4982

Re: This is an excellent book on Python

Thanks bobba_dwj - I hadn't seen that page before!

And thanks Professor Craven!
by antiloquax
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: Python
Topic: This is an excellent book on Python
Replies: 10
Views: 4982

Re: This is an excellent book on Python

Thanks SN (for fixing the link)!
by antiloquax
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: This is an excellent book on Python
Replies: 10
Views: 4982

Re: This is an excellent book on Python

<t>I tried to post about this earlier from my wife's iPhone, but made a mess of it.<br/> <br/> Anyway, Professor Craven's "Introduction to Computer Science Using Python and Pygame" is really good.<br/> <br/> One thing I really like is how he alternates chapters on Python itself with ones on making g...
by antiloquax
Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Want to learn programming alongside my 6 year old.
Replies: 18
Views: 5875

Re: Want to learn programming alongside my 6 year old.

<r>I really like Scratch. I think it helps children to think like programmers and makes it fun. You might find a couple of posts on my blog of interest - they are a bit simple, I"m afraid!<br/> <URL url="http://raspberrypy.tumblr.com/.....-found-out">http://raspberrypy.tumblr.com/.....-found-out</UR...
by antiloquax
Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Learning Python3? Start here.
Replies: 2
Views: 1138

Re: Learning Python3? Start here.

Yes! I have pm"d you.
by antiloquax
Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Learning Python3? Start here.
Replies: 2
Views: 1138

Re: Learning Python3? Start here.

<t>[You can skip this, if you're just here for coding examples ....<br/> <br/> I know that there are plenty of places to learn Python on the web (including my blog!). But I thought that as many new users to the Raspberry Pi computer will come here first, it would be worth putting some material on he...
by antiloquax
Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where's the respect gone?
Replies: 19
Views: 4482

Re: Where's the respect gone?

<t>Delays are frustrating, and I suppose it's natural that some people will express that frustration more forcibly than others.<br/> <br/> Things will only really kick off when the devices are in the hands of young people in significant numbers (not to mention countries with low numbers of computers...
by antiloquax
Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Oh no, my school is going to teach MS SmallBasic!
Replies: 15
Views: 5051

Re: Oh no, my school is going to teach MS SmallBasic!

morphy_richards said:


Not 100% on this but think its based on .net.


Yes - it's written in .NET 3.5
by antiloquax
Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Oh no, my school is going to teach MS SmallBasic!
Replies: 15
Views: 5051

Re: Oh no, my school is going to teach MS SmallBasic!

<t>I started a Python programming club in my school, but then I was horrified to hear that the school is thinking about becoming a Microsoft academy and wants to use SmallBasic to deiver the programming bit of its GCSE Computer Science course.<br/> <br/> It seems silly to teach a language that won't...
by antiloquax
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RP - the new Amiga?
Replies: 15
Views: 3867

Re: RP - the new Amiga?

My first computer was an Atari 520STFM. I also loved the mono monitor!

I mainly used it for word-processing (I was an Undergraduate studying English lit at the time).

Ah nostalgia!
by antiloquax
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Python
Topic: Jaseman's Python Lessons
Replies: 60
Views: 18002

Re: Jaseman's Python Lessons

by antiloquax
Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:04 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pygame
Replies: 29
Views: 8273

Re: Pygame

Bear in mind that Pygame doesn't work with 3.2.2. I think 3.1.4 is the most recent version that is supported.

Switching from 2.x to 3.x is not difficult for the computer - just run:

2to3 filename.py -w

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