The popularity is due to the simplicity – if you can learn an etch-a-sketch, you can learn turtle graphics. Once you learn, then you can do things that etch-a-sketch only dreams of, more like spirograph!
Python does turtle
Python is the fastest growing computer language today, with school and hobbyist adoptions growing year over year.
Can Python do turtle graphics ala LOGO? Yes it can!
Here are some ways you can do turtle graphics in a Python environment:
PythonTurtle is a learning environment for Python programming suitable for beginners and children, inspired by Logo
PythonTurtle strives to provide the lowest-threshold way to learn (or teach) software development in the Python programming language. Students command an interactive Python shell (similar to the IDLE development environment) and use Python functions to move a turtle displayed on the screen. An illustrated help screen introduces the student to the basics of Python programming while demonstrating how to move the turtle.
The program is available for Windows and Mac, open source MIT license, code on GitHub.
Turtletoy allows you to write your own turtle code in-browser.
Hopefully this article will get your started looking at turtle graphics and how you might use them with Python.
If you’re working in this area, please drop a note in the comments below.
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