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Python Playground

Book notes - Python Playground, by Mahesh Venkitachalam, published by No Starch Press



Table of Contents - Highlights

Part 1: Warming Up

  • Chapter 1: Parsing iTunes Playlists
  • Chapter 2: Spirographs

Part 2: Simulating Life

  • Chapter 3: Conway’s Game of Life
  • Chapter 4: Generating Musical Overtones with the Karplus-Strong Algorithm
  • Chapter 5: Boids: Simulating a Flock

Part 3: Fun with Images

  • Chapter 6: ASCII Art
  • Chapter 7: Photomosaics
  • Chapter 8: Autostereograms

Part 4: Enter 3D

  • Chapter 9: Understanding OpenGL
  • Chapter 10: Particle Systems
  • Chapter 11: Volume Rendering

Part 5: Hardware Hacking

  • Chapter 12: Introduction to Arduino
  • Chapter 13: Laser Audio Display
  • Chapter 14: A Raspberry Pi–based Weather Monitor


  • Appendix A: Software Installation
  • Appendix B: Basic Practical Electronics
  • Appendix C: Raspberry Pi Tips & Tricks

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This page is a web-friendly rendering of my project notes shared in the LittleCodingKata GitHub repository.

LittleCodingKata is my collection of programming exercises, research and code toys broadly spanning things that relate to programming and software development (languages, frameworks and tools).

These range from the trivial to the complex and serious. Many are inspired by existing work and I'll note credits and references where applicable. The focus is quite scattered, as I variously work on things new and important in the moment, or go back to revisit things from the past.

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