[Edu-sig] Beautiful sample programs?

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 17:19:09 CEST 2009

Hi Hélène --

Yes I recall your discussions.  You may already have checked out some
of my Python-related writings here:

A backdoor straight to my code, if you don't want to dig through any essays is:

One thing I specialize in is getting Python modules to spit out scene
description language for the ray tracing program POV-ray (povray.org).
 I also work with VPython a lot (vpython.org).  Having polyhedra
stored in sqlite3 and retrieving them in Python for visual display is
good exercise in using a DB.

In my curriculum we work backward from wanting to understand RSA (the
cryptographic algorithm) so there's some scaffolding having to do with
prime and composite numbers.

Right here in this archive there's a lot of buried treasure.  Gregor's
rendition of a Ron Resch transformation using turtle art comes to mind

Kirby Urner

On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 7:24 PM, Helene Martin <lognaturel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> As some of you know, I teach high school classes in Seattle.  Students
> have been loving Python so far!  They've been able to dive right in
> and get some interesting results.
> I was wondering whether any of you had suggestions for Python programs
> to look at, dissect, extend and emulate.  I'm looking for something
> reasonably small like a simple music player, some kind of calculator
> app, a collection manager or something like that.  I'd rather it be an
> existing open source project someone started out of necessity (rather
> than me creating something contrived for the exercise).  I've poked
> around a bit but haven't found anything I thought would be perfect
> either because of scale (I'd rather keep it to a handful of files),
> complexity or just plain code ugliness.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Hélène Martin.
> http://garfieldcs.com
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