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In the first tutorial, we created a simple window using Python and Pygame. The next step, will be building on that example, we will create a star field background, then write the code to animate it. One important point about these tutorials is the assumption that anyone following along already has at least a basic knowledge of how Python code is structured. If that is not the case, then you should, at the very least, want to have the Python documentation(included in the Python install) at hand incase you wanted it for a reference. There are some very good resources available for Python, either through THE OFFICIAL PYTHON WEB-SITE or by completing a Google search on the Python version you have installed. If you have already coded the first tutorial you should do just fine with this one. If there are any comments about the tutorials, whether they are critical or complimentary, you’re welcome to post them. If there’s information that I have glossed over or skipped entirely, let me know, and I will add it in, with future edits of the tutorials.
I typically use Editra v0.7.12 to write Python code, when including the psyco try/except block, Editra would occasionally crash. When I ran the starfield.py file in Python IDLE 2.6, it never crashed(but you need to have the pygame.quit() statement, so the app window does not crash). If you’re using a different IDE your mileage may vary, if in doubt, use IDLE as your benchmark(or use IDLE to run this example).
UPDATE: Psyco is no longer supported as of March 12, 2012. If you are already using it you can choose to include it, if you’re not using psyco then avoid the install unless your confident that you can make it work.
Skip the source code in red, it is the psyco try/except block!
The best way to get the most updated version of Python is from the Official Python Web-site, and Pygame found at the Pygame Official Web-site. The most popular question when starting with Python, “Should I start with 2.x or 3.x?”. The answer I would suggest, if you’re not supporting legacy code (versions like 2.5 or older) start with the newest version of Python you can run on your system, and handle your coding requirements. As an example, for my situation, I have multiple versions installed ( 2.4 for Nvidia’s Fx Composer 2.5, 2.6 for Blender 2.49 and Panda 1.7, and 3.1 for coding and Blender 2.5/2.6 ), it’s what works for me. Others might decide to have a particular version of Python on their hard drive, and other versions on memory sticks. Just a reminder, the Python install is typically small ( less than 30 MB, so many applications written in Python include the Python code for simplicity – Blender and FX Composer both run this way), so if you have Open Source software on your system, or are running a non-Microsoft OS your system probably already has some version of Python.
The included code is in Python (it works with both 2.x and 3.x) and uses the Pygame version 1.9 library.