Python for Entrepreneurs Transcripts
Chapter: Python language refresher
Lecture: Demo: Memory game - Structuring the program
0:01 So let's take a few moments and spend some time getting you familiar with Python,
0:04 maybe you've seen it a little bit but it's been a while
0:07 or maybe you are fairly new and just seeing it in action
0:10 will teach you much of what you need to follow along,
0:13 and of course, we have the detailed reference section in the course
0:17 if you want to look at any specific topic or concept.
0:20 What we are going to build in our demo section is a memory game.
0:23 It will show colors to the user
0:25 and the user will have to recall the colors in the correct order.
0:28 It's going to be very simple but at the same time
0:30 it's actually going to cover a decent amount of what you need to know
0:33 to get started outside of the web frameworks, which we'll cover separately.
0:37 So, here we are in PyCharm, and I've created a new empty project
0:40 based on Python 3, but that's all I've done.
0:43 To get started, we are going to need to create at least one file,
0:48 let's go and create a couple of files here, one of them is going to be our game
0:51 and this is going to be the actual objects and data structures in our game.
0:55 And the other one is going to be the plain of the game, so we'll call this one "program".
1:00 Let's focus on the game first.
1:03 Like I said, the game is going to keep a history of colors shown to the user
1:06 and then we'll go back and ask them "what colors did you see?",
1:09 and of course hide the colors and say "what colors did you see?",
1:12 and they have to recall them in the correct order.
1:14 So let's create a class called Game, the way we do that
1:17 is we use the class keyword and say the name and the type
1:21 if we had any subtypes, we could derive it from here,
1:23 but we are not going to do that, and we are going to go over here
1:26 and we are going to define an initializer.
1:28 So, a __init__ and PyCharm will write most of that for us.
1:32 In here, we need to keep track of a few things,
1:35 we want to keep track of the history and so on,
1:37 but let me just write "pass" for just a minute.
1:40 What I want to do is I actually want to sketch out how we are going to use this gameplay,
1:44 and I want to show you how PyCharm makes this incredibly easy to do.
1:47 So we are going to have things like "add a move", or "add a color",
1:52 "show the current configuration" or the level if we are going to call it that,
1:56 maybe first level, second level, and number of colors they have.
1:59 And then we want to test the users, so we want our game have those operations.
2:02 I could just go ahead and just say "def" and I want to create a method here,
2:06 so I create a method by saying "def", let's call it show_level(),
2:10 and when I hit open parenthesis you'll see that PyCharm add self,
2:13 which is required as the first parameter for Python classes,
2:16 and we are not going to really need anything else here.
2:18 So, I could do some stuff that we are going to work with here,
2:20 some variables we want to set, but I want to show you
2:22 that we can actually sketch out the flow and have PyCharm fill in the details for us.
2:26 We are going to come over here and we are going to have a main() method,
2:29 this is not a Python convention, this is just a Michael convention,
2:33 and what I want to do is I want to work with our game in other modules,
2:36 so we'll say "import game" and then we could say "game.game"
2:41 or perhaps a better way would be "from game import game" like this.
2:46 So, that's going to be our game object down here
2:48 so we'll say "g = Game()" to get started, and we have to think well,
2:52 how is this going to be played? We probably want to go around in a loop
2:55 as long as the person can remember all the steps,
2:58 we want to do a few things each time through the loop.
3:01 So we'll do a "while" loop, we'll say "while True", because we just want to keep going
3:05 around and around as long as the person has won.
3:09 So the first thing we want to do is say "game", we are going to say add move.
3:13 Now notice, this method does not exist, and PyCharm is highlighting this saying:
3:16 "there is a problem here, this doesn't exist."
3:19 But, we can come over here and hit Alt+Enter
3:21 and it will actually add that method to class for us.
3:24 So we can go over here and say "we are going to add a move"
3:27 and then we want to say "game.show_level()", that's the next step we want to do,
3:30 and then, we want to test the user, so we'll do a conditional here,
3:34 we'll say "if", we want to see whatever we want to do to test them,
3:37 we'll ask them to enter the colors, maybe all in one line, or one entry per line
3:42 if we're at level 5, there might be 5 entries they have to put,
3:45 However we test them, we want to have the game do that test here, we want to check,
3:49 if they don't get it right, we want to stop the game and say "sorry, you lose";
3:52 if they do, then we want to just keep going through loop,
3:55 so we'll say "if not" - the negative of testing, something like this,
3:59 we'll say test_user, a player, let's call them player, this is kind of more fun to call them player,
4:04 so we'll say test_player, if that's not the case, what are we going to do,
4:07 well, let's tell them they lost, so we can print out the message
4:10 and we can break out of this loop.
4:13 And down here, we will print something like this, "Game over".
4:16 So, let's look at this for a moment,
4:17 we are going to create a game, which comes out of our module here,
4:20 and while basically forever, until we decide it's time to break out,
4:24 we are going to add a move, we are going to show the level to the user,
4:27 and then we are going to take it away
4:29 and then we'll test the user and if they get it right,
4:31 we are going to add yet another move,
4:33 show the level, which is now more complex and so on.
4:35 This will not actually run, if I run this program here, it will just basically define this method,
4:40 so in Python, we have a common convention that lets you say
4:45 "if you are running this program,
4:47 instead of just defining the method you can actually run it",
4:50 and the way we do that is we can use a shortcut
4:53 and the convention is this __name__ that is in the module
4:56 whatever module's been run,
4:58 if it's being imported, the name will be the name of the module like "program" or "game",
5:03 but if it's being executed as a target, it will be __main__ and we can say "OK,
5:07 this is the time where we want to call this method we just wrote."
5:10 I can see that PyCharm says we don't yet have this method,
5:13 let's go and write that as well and it's going to need to return True or False.
5:16 Ok, so we now have this structure for our game, what we need to do
5:20 is actually go implement the game class over here,
5:23 what does it mean to show the level,
5:25 what does it mean to add a move, things like that.