Let’s learn some Python!
Want an easy python program to get started? Here’s zigzag.
This program is from Automate The Boring Stuff With Python Chapter 3, under A Short Program: Zigzag.
Welcome to my third study session to learn Python Programming! The video above covers the entire process of copying the zig zag program from Automate The Boring Stuff With Python.
See the complete program below, feel free to copy this.
import time,sys indent = 0 # Amount of spaces to indent indentIncreasing = True # Increase or not try: while True: # Main program loop print(' ' * indent, end='') print('********') time.sleep(0.1) # Pause for 1/10 if indentIncreasing: # Increase number of spaces indent = indent + 1 if indent == 20: # Change direction indentIncreasing = False else: # Decrease number if spaces indent = indent - 1 if indent == 0: # Change direction (again) indentIncreasing = True except KeyboardInterrupt: sys.exit()
For a full writeup and breakdown of each stage in the program, see the official A Short Program: Zigzag.
This was a really quick and easy program to copy and deconstruct, it’s worth doing it yourself.
I learnt about the
time module and I’m getting more comfortable looking up modules from the standard library. Thank goodness for great online documentation!
It’s also good to see the
try/except statement in use again. It’s a pretty straightforward statement in Python I’ve got my head around.
I still don’t have a complete grasp on the line
print(' ' * indent, end='') – even after reading up about the print function again, it hasn’t really clicked for me just yet.
This short program reminded me of the start of CS50x, a fantastic computer science course! I started it and failed to program, so I’ll be going back to that in the future. This program and learning Python, in general, is giving me the confidence to do it!