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Python Minigames you own this product

basic Python • basic pandas • basic object-oriented programming • Jupyter Notebook
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control flow • software design • event listening • error handling, refactoring • algorithmic design
Jaya Moore
5 weeks · 6-8 hours per week average · INTERMEDIATE

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In this series of liveProjects, you’ll build fun and entertaining minigames in Python. Stepping into the shoes of a new hire at a videogames company, you’ll work through five increasingly complex game projects that run on the command line. Not only will you create exciting projects to play with your friends, you’ll also get hands-on experience in professional software development. These projects are particularly relevant for those interested in a career in data science, as you’ll practice using Jupyter notebooks, pandas DataFrames, NumPy arrays, and more.

These projects are designed for learning purposes and are not complete, production-ready applications or solutions.

Game development instruction seems to be all about lighting and shading tutorials, but there's a wealth of basic coding skills that can best be taught through games.

David Moskowitz

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When you start each of the projects in this series, you'll get full access to the following book for 90 days.

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project author

Jaya Moore
Jaya Moore is a developer enablement professional with a specialization in developer education. She has extensive experience serving organizations across the world as a technical writer, web developer, and data scientist. She has been learning and writing about Python for over six years.


This liveProject is for intermediate-level Python practitioners who are comfortable with the basics of Python, object-oriented programming, and the general stages of the software development process. You’ll need a strong understanding of how a program is structured and the patience to tweak and test your code until it achieves the desired functionality.

  • Basic Python syntax
  • Pandas and NumPy
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • Operating on strings, files, data structures
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Control flow and conditional logic
  • Installing and importing Python modules
  • Running a Python script from the command line
  • Handling errors and debugging code

you will learn

In this series of liveProjects, you’ll learn important skills for developing software and building command-line scripts with Python. These are real-world software development skills that can be scaled up for professional projects.

  • Using pandas to create and manage a dataset
  • Sanitizing user input
  • Manipulating image files
  • Encrypting and decrypting character data
  • Scraping information from a website
  • Understanding a requirements file
  • Designing software and crafting algorithms
  • Making assertions, catching errors, and raising exceptions
  • Implementing an event listener and handling keypresses
  • Styling a DataFrame and exporting a table as an image
  • Converting between various data structures (CSV files, DataFrame, arrays)
  • Refactoring a codebase and modularizing functionality


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Get full access to select books for 90 days. Permanent access to excerpts from Manning products are also included, as well as references to other resources.