Class Description

The Python programming language is used for data analysis, computer vision, creating games and websites, and much more. We will use Python to create a text adventure game, learning about:

  • Communicating with the user (print, input)
  • Taking action depending on conditions (if)
  • Looping (while, for)
  • Making events happen randomly in games (random module)
  • Storing data in various ways (tuple, list, dictionary)

Course Materials

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Class Plan/Log

July 6

Introduction to Python

Writing a Text Adventure Game

repl.it

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Demo of the Ship Game
Play the simple game
Modify the game

Homework

  • Download and install JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition
    • Start with the free trial with IDEA and then go to the JetBrains Products for Learning page and get a free student license
      • Select Apply With Official Document
        “Add any official document(s) (e.g. student card) certifying your affiliation with your academic institution or provide a link where such information can be found”

You will be much more productive working with IDEA than with repl.it.

July 7

Getting IDEA Running

  • install Python if needed from Python.org
  • download
  • install
    • Choose evaluation
    • Don’t send usage statistics
    • Don’t import
    • Go with defaults
    • Don’t create script
  • apply for license
  • install Python plugin
  • Create a new project from version control
    • Choose git
      • Choose to install git if it offers the option
    • Paste in this URL: https://github.com/dcbriccetti/python-text-adventure

Learn Some Python Basics

  • print
  • input
  • int
  • if

    Work on Adventure game

July 8

  • Share Game Plans
  • Get the Game Engine Updates
  • Solve Code Problems

July 9

Get the Game Engine Updates

  • Copy your existing code from simple_game.py into the clipboard the entire contents of student_game.py (Cmd+a or Ctrl+a), then paste.
  • Run

  • Solve Code Problems
  • Dump your game into shared document Text Adventure Game Plans
  • Learn More Python Basics

July 10

  • Solve Code Problems
  • Get IDEA Installed
  • Dump your game into shared document Text Adventure Game Plans

July 13

  • Learn More Python Basics
  • Solve Code Problems
  • Get IDEA Installed
  • Dump your game into shared document Text Adventure Game Plans

July 14

  • See New Engine Features
    • Else events
    • Another activity example
  • Solve Code Problems
  • Get IDEA Installed
  • Dump your game into shared document Text Adventure Game Plans

July 15

  • Computer Science Teacher’s Association 2020 Conference Levar Burton appearance
  • Next Week’s Programming Electronic Music Class
  • Solve Code Problems
  • Get IDEA Installed
  • Dump your game into shared document Text Adventure Game Plans

July 16

  • Learn More Python Basics
    • Defining and calling functions
  • Solve Code Problems
  • Get IDEA Installed
  • Dump your game into shared document Text Adventure Game Plans

July 17

  • Learn More Python Basics
    • Defining and calling functions, review and practice
  • Adding activities
    • Fortune cookie
    • Joke of the day
    • High/low guessing game
    • Roll dice for points