Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 15, 2010
This isn’t exactly a new book or anything, but it’s free. And cool. And can teach you to program games in Python. Booyah!
Based on my browsing, there are a few things to note:
First of all, it is written for total beginners to programming. If you’ve always wanted to write games but don’t know anything about programming, this could be one place to start. It seems to be more oriented towards teaching you to program in Python first, and to make games second. But it teaches you to program through games, which I think is the best way to learn.
Secondly – it really teaches you the way I learned to program. Using PyGame with graphics and sound isn’t tackled until the end of the book. The games it has you write could have come right our of Basic Computer Games from 1978, and then ported to Python. It may not be too far from the truth, as the author says he modeled it after a book he used to learn programming when he was nine years old. This approach may annoy people who really want to jump straight to the flash, but if that’s your approach I’d recommend, uh, Flash. Or something like that.
Anyway, having only skimmed through it I can’t really give a full review or recommendation or anything – I can just suggest it as a resource.
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