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Hello, my name is Horst JENS, I blog in German and English language about my business of teaching children to code, about free/libre open source software and games, about conferences i visited and generally about things that interest me.

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Summary: My report of the PyCon.SK Python conference 2017 in Bratislava where i gave my “teaching python to (your) chilren” talk. blog 2017 python pycon.sk conference coding teaching talk bratislava https://flic.kr/p/SFDaZU Thanks to the local Python User Group Vienna, i was made aware of the PyCon.SK conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, very close to Vienna. I submittet a talk with the topic


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Title: report: 33c3 Chaos Communication Congress Hamburg Date: 2016-12-31 10:30 Modified: 2017-01-02 11:40 Status: published Tags: report Googleadsense: False Slug: 20161231_33c3 Authors: Horst JENS Summary: My report of the 33c3 Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg
Title: Roboexotica 2016 Date: 2016-12-13 10:30 Modified: 2016-12-16 22:21 Status: published Tags: report Googleadsense: False Slug: 20161213_roboexotica2016 Authors: Horst JENS Summary: Full report of the Roboexotica 2016 in Vienna Shortlink: https:
Nigeria money scam on couchsurfing Summary: I was approached by an nigeria money scammer at the couchsurfing platform. To put the scammers criminal effort into good use, i domcumented the whole case to serve as learning material for my students. This posting is more about general internet fraud and has less to do with coding. Couchsurfing is an internet site matching people seeking a free place to sleep with people offering such a place. I use the
Title: PolaPi - RaspberryPi instant camera Date: 2016-12-01 15:30 Modified: 2016-12-01 15:30 Status: published Tags: report, event, hardware Googleadsense: False Slug: 201601201_happylab Authors: Horst JENS Summary: PolaPi, a RaspberryPi instant camera and other Maker projects in Vienna's Happylab
Title: Tutorial: silly scanner app with Pocket Code Date: 2016-10-08 08:37 Modified: 2016-10-09 08:00 Tags: report, tutorial, coding, PocketCode Googleadsense: True Slug: 20161008_scannerapp Summary: Step-by-step tutorial of how to create an absolute useless app using Pocket Code
Title: report: OpenStreetMap workshop in elementary school Date: 2016-10-04 16:22 Modified: 2016-10-05 12:01 Tags: report, event, learning, education, teaching, openstreetmap Googleadsense: True Slug: 20161004_openstreetmapworkshop Summary: experiences of teaching Openstreetmap to 10 year old kids in an elementary school
Title: report: teaching to code a PocketCode game in 4 hours Date: 2016-08-18 08:28 Tags: report, learning, education, teaching, fsfe, codeweek Status: draft Googleadsense: True Slug: 20160630_pocketcodeworkshop Summary: a fully playable PocketCode app was created by an student of my courses in exactly 4 hours
Title: report: Pocket Code teaching experience Date: 2016-06-30 19:15 Tags: report, event, learning, education, teaching, fsfe, codeweek Googleadsense: True Slug: 20160630_pocketcodeworkshop Summary: experiences of teaching with PocketCode in a public school in Vienna
Title: talk: teaching (with) open source Date: 2016-04-21 22:26 Modified: 2016-04-21 22:26 Tags: talk, education, teaching, learning Status: draft Googleadsense: True Slug: 20160421_teaching_with_open_source Summary: An expanded version of my talk “


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Title: report: maker faire rome Date: 2015-10-29 00:26 Modified: 2015-10-29 00:26 Tags: report Googleadsense: True Slug: 20151029_intopenmag Summary: report of my trip to Maker Faire Rome 2015 in international open magazine (my new pet project). Links i like:
Title: Links i like Date: 2015-10-09 14:00 Modified: 2015-10-09 14:08 Googleadsense: True Tags: links i like Slug: 20151009_links Summary: This week i did only found a few interesting links, most of them in german language: A World without Linux, Wil Wheaton learns Python. In German language: Austrian island in the Mediterranean Sea, Success for Max Schrems, computer games for anmials, another women in tech initiative
Title: Links i liked this week Date: 2015-10-04 07:00 Modified: 2015-10-04 07:00 Googleadsense: True Tags: links i like Slug: 20151004_links Summary: Interesting links that i liked this week: Good news from Africa, a new Rap News episode, video game backpack, free django course, coding robot and coding courses for children, open textbook and healthy computer games
Title: Links i like Date: 2015-09-25 19:00 Modified: 2015-09-25 19:00 Tags: links i like Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150925_links Summary: Interesting links that i liked this week: Open tree of life, visual programming with coffe script and Pencil Code, another year of the Linux desktop, Free Kung Fu Films, free python book, coding for primary school kids in Australia, Linux games on steam, urban data visualization, cool debian infographic, DMCA made Volkswagen cheating possible, and a very deta…
Title: Links i like Date: 2015-09-18 19:00 Modified: 2015-09-18 19:00 Tags: links i like Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150918_links Summary: Interesting links that i liked this week, in english and in german language Links i like: Shortlink: http://goo.gl/jj4MjA
Title: Links i like Date: 2015-09-11 19:00 Modified: 2015-09-11 19:00 Tags: links i like Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150911_links Summary: Interesting links that i liked this week: flipping the classroom, Soviet arcarde machines, Happy Birthday to Gnu Linux, cost of a computer game by Ron Gilbert, comparing Elon Musk to the Wright brothers
Title: the games of zam spielen Date: 2015-09-08 19:00 Slug: 20150907_zamspielend Summary: impressions of the “zam spielen” (wrong short url, forward to correct site) the short link you clicked was unfortunately wrong, please see the original posting here:
Title: the games of zam spielen Date: 2015-09-08 19:00 Tags: report, event, art, game Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150907_zamspielen Summary: impressions of the “zam spielen” social computer game event in Vienna Zam spielen social event Shortlink: http:
Title: report: Scratch Conference Amsterdam 2015 Date: 2015-08-23 19:00 Tags: report, event, learning, education, teaching Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150823_scratch2015ams Summary: the visual programming languages like scratch are going mainstream Scratch Conference Amsterdam 2015
Title: Europython 2015 - first videos are online Date: 2015-07-23 07:30 Tags: code, learning, python Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150723_europython2015 Summary: The first life session videos of the Europython conference 2015 are online Europython 2015
Title: learn to code with codewars.com and codecombat.com Date: 2015-07-02 11:30 Tags: coding, learning Slug: 2015-07-02-codewarscodecombat Googleadsense: True Authors: Horst JENS Summary: Summary: A quick look into two interesting, open-source aware websites to learn and train coding skills: codecombat.com and codewars.com
Title: python links by Alan Richmond at Zeef.com Date: 2015-06-02 07:30 Tags: code, learning, python, review Googleadsense: True Category: english Slug: 20150602_pythonlinks Summary: Alan Richmond made a nice Zeef.com site full of links to python recourses. I wonder about Zeef.com, a social link-list site.
Title: report: axiom open source film camera Date: 2015-05-12 16:00 Tags: event, report Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150512_opensourcecamera Summary: impressions of the open source/open hardware camera project AXIOM (seen on Linuxtage Wien) and axiom teams' insights given in a talk about crowdfunding
Title: report: global internet of things day event 2015 in vienna Date: 2015-04-17 08:00 Tags: event, report Googleadsense: True Slug: 20150417_gide2015 Summary: first internet of things day event in Vienna was a smashing success with over 500 people attending and many talks and open source projects.


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Title: free reading: Linux Voice and Gimp magazine Date: 2014-11-26 08:00 Tags: learning Googleadsense: True Slug: 20141126_freereading Summary: free, creative-commons cc-by-sa licensed reading: Linux Voice and Gimp magazine Gimp magazine Shortlink: http:
Title: import python: book collection site and newsletter Date: 2014-10-27 09:00 Tags: code, learning, ThePythonGameBook, python Googleadsense: True Slug: 20141027_importpython Summary: beautiful made site about python books import python importpython.com seems to be -for now- a website offering an email newsletter (including sponsored ads) about python topics as well as a homepage collecting links to python books.
Title: reblogged: Free software foundation Vienna and Gamecity Date: 2014-10-24 12:15 Tags: event, report Googleadsense: True Slug: 20141024_fsfe_vienna_and_gamecity Summary: report of Free Sotware Foundation Vienna actions FSFE (Free software foundation Europe) Vienna group
Title: pair programming explained by school girls Date: 2014-10-22 11:10 Tags: code, learning, teaching, education Category: english Googleadsense: True Slug: 20141022_pairprogramming Summary: cute youtube video from code.org of two shool girls explaining the concept of pair programming while coding scratch
Title: python3 pygame tutorial Date: 2014-09-07 12:30 Tags: code, ThePythonGameBook, learning, python Googleadsense: True Slug: 20140907_python3pygame_en Summary: video tutorial series about pygame and python3 While my ever-sleeping ThePythonGamebook project makes currently no progress
Title: Why founders should know how to code Date: 2014-09-06 11:11 Tags: education Slug: 20140906_knowtocode.md Googleadsense: True Summary: interesting blog posting from Steve Blank why startup founders should invest time into learning to code in addition to acquire business skills
Title: Kid wins programming contest using free Software and Raspberry Pi Date: 2014-09-05 10:20 Tags: Kursleben, code, contest Googleadsense: True Slug: 20140905_ars_electronica_en Summary: Very good news: one of my students has won at the U19 programming contest of the Ars Electronica Festival using free/libre open source software and a Raspberry Pi
programarcardegames.com * date 2014-07-08 09:54 * author Horst JENS * tags code, learning * googleadsense True * slug 20140708_program_arcarde_games i'm very impressed with those python3 (!) / pygame tutorials: from It is a commercial book project based on his Computer Science courses with free visible online version (already translated in some other languages).
games that teach kids to code * date 2014-06-15 13:18 * author Horst JENS * tags code, game, learning * category english * slug 20140615gamesthatteachkidstocode 12 games that teach kids to code
How to get girls into coding * date 2014-06-12 06:07 * author Horst JENS * tags gender, code * category english * slug 20140612how-to-get-girls-into-coding
new look with Sphinx * date 2014-04-27 21:57 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, python * slug 20140427_new-look-with-sphinx Finally i found some time to tinker around with Sphinx, an python documentation generator. I first played around with Sphinx last summer but since then never found time for it - until now.
useful posting * date 2014-03-29 21:29 * author Horst JENS * tags learning, code, python * slug 20140329_useful-posting found this extreme useful posting via the python weekly newsletter[pythonweekly]: It's “just” a list of 10 beginner-friendly python learning resources. My favorite,
about teaching * date 2014-02-20 12:00 * author Horst JENS * tags education, teaching * category english * slug 20140220about-teaching I like this answer to a quora posting so much that i have to re-publish: Original posting and anwer from


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hour of code * date 2013-12-13 07:58 * author Horst JENS * tags contest * category english * slug 20131213hour-of-code
python3 text game * date 2013-12-02 18:44 * author Horst JENS * tags code, game, ThePythonGameBook, python * slug 20131202_python3-text-game A little dungeon crawler game written in python3 with no graphics so far, everything is in naked text mode. Oddly enough, i still enjoy playtesting it, even if i normally avoid games in text mode.
donation * date 2013-10-16 06:38 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * category english * slug 20131016_donation got my first donation via PayPal for ThePythonGamebook. This day begins incredible good :-)
Linux Gaming Hardware * date 2013-10-15 05:02 * author Horst JENS * tags game * slug 20131015_linux-gaming-hardware This post is not about python but about another topic i'm always interested in: gaming on Linux. [PC. Source: wikimedia commons] Josh Klint, author of Linux Game-Enginge Leadwerk, wrote a nice blog posting about his tips on building a cost-efficent linux gaming PC from parts:
Youtube Channel * date 2013-08-16 20:56 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, python * category english * slug 20130816_youtube-channel Since i was able to connect a google+ site with a youtube channel i can prouldy present the (google+ site linked) new Youtube Channel for ThePythonGameBook: .. youtube:: VIDEO_ID aKGsia0Z-5ZIBlkM1_pJA
goblins! * date 2013-08-11 09:31 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, python, code, learning * category english * slug 20130811_goblins My slowgoblins tutorial (part of ThePythonGameBook) makes -slowly-progress, at least at Github: JENS/ThePythonGameBook/tree/master/python/goblins
Sphinx * date 2013-07-14 21:06 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, code, learning * category english * slug 20130714_sphinx [Image] Currently i am not only researching about Github pages but also about Sphinx a docutils tool to create  python documentation pages. The resulting output can be rendered in several formats ( html, pdf, man-page..) and the writing of the documentation is done by editing
github pages * date 2013-07-13 20:57 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20130713_github-pages i think about moving ThePythonGameBook from Dokuwiki toward Githup Pages. So far i have only created some test sites listing pros and cons. Not sure this is a good idea at all, but i am fascinated.
Goblins tutorial * date 2013-07-07 22:48 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, report, event * slug 20130707_finally-i-write-again Short status update: I was last week on Europython2013 in Florence Italy and got a book about migrating from python2 to
money with gamejams * date 2013-05-02 08:22 * author Horst JENS * tags contest, code * slug 20130502_money-with-gamejams (not python related) I have seen this guy participating in a game jam in Vienna's Metalab. He is good. His Forum posting is very interesting: He will auction off his next -not yet written- game jam entry (on GiGJam). If this idea works, game jams can suddenly turn from amusing to profitable for the participants.
free python books * date 2013-04-22 08:14 * author Horst JENS * tags code, learning * category english * slug 20130422_free-python-books free python books A very nice website about free python books: pythonbooks.revolunet.com Some  books are only free to look at / to download, but some books are properly creative commons licensed. 
nice quora python thread * date 2013-04-11 07:22 * author Horst JENS * tags code * slug 20130411_nice-quora-python-thread {{http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/e/ea/QuoraLogo.gif|image0}} Quora.com, the question and answer platform with the same technology that powers stackoverflow.com, has a nice thread about python: What-are-the-Python-features-you-wish-youd-known-earlier I use python since many years and i still learn new tricks every day. I highly recommend this thread to eve…
python online tutor * date 2013-03-05 14:32 * author Horst JENS * tags code * slug 20130305_python-online-tutor See python code executed step by step in your web browser... this is awesome: [image0]
Ninja IDE * date 2013-02-11 09:39 * author Horst JENS * tags review * category english * slug 20130211_ninja-ide Since yesterday i play around with a new python editor (IDE): Ninja IDE: http://ninja-ide.org/ [caption id=“attachment_580” align=“aligncenter” width=
Think Python * date 2013-01-22 07:18 * author Horst JENS * tags review, code, learning * slug 20130122_think-python Good news, everyone: there is a nice, creative-commons licensed ( cc-by-nc ) book about python, even with a python3 version: Think Python: . From the author of “
free python3 book * date 2013-01-03 17:36 * author Horst JENS * tags code, python * slug 20130103_free-python3-book Another free python3 tutorial book is online:


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installing pygame on python3.x * date 2012-11-27 07:22 * author Horst JENS * tags code * slug 20121127_installing-pygame-on-python3-x nice useful blogposting (using Linux):
pycrawl on hold * date 2012-09-07 08:38 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20120907_pycrawl-on-hold The pycrawl project (part of ThePythonGameBook project) is on hold for now, as i will not find much time for it for the rest of this month. Things may hopefully change next month.
itemdemo * date 2012-08-25 07:35 * author Horst JENS * tags code, ThePythonGameBook * slug 20120825_itemdemo The pycrawl_itemdemo.py ( part of my ThePythonGameBook project ) is finally working. I re-wrote my complete class structure and i will have to apply those changes to the previous walkdemo and monsterdemo some time in the future.
pycrawl_itemdemo not done yet * date 2012-08-20 07:02 * author Horst JENS * tags code, ThePythonGameBook * slug 20120820_pycrawl_itemdemo_not_yet just a short update: I work on pycrawl_itemdemo but it is not done yet. While the demo is working in parts ( you can correctly inspect stashes of many items, you can pick up items etc. ) i keep rewriting it over and over because i have not yet found a good architecture for all my classes. Partly, because i'm never sure what kind of features …
pycrawl_monsterdemo * date 2012-08-14 18:32 * author Horst JENS * tags code, ThePythonGameBook * slug 20120814_pycrawl_monsterdemo On my work for an python rogue-like game pycrawl ( part of my ThePythonGameBook project ) i managed to create another workable demo:
pycrawl_walkdemo * date 2012-08-13 20:22 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * category english * slug 20120813_pycrawl_walkdemo progress at the pycrawl project (pycrawl is part of my ThePythonGameBook project): the little ( ugly ) pycrawl_walkdemo.py works fine now. The player ( an @ ) can be moved around and he does
pycrawl * date 2012-08-12 18:23 * author Horst JENS * tags code, game, ThePythonGameBook * slug 20120812_pycrawl I finally found some time to code on my ThePythonGameBook project. Due to my obsession with the game Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, i decided to make my own dungeon crawler:
The sound of bitcoins * date 2012-07-02 17:44 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20120702_the-sound-of-bitcoins I heard a terrible sound from my mobile phone last night and initially feared that my mobile phone may be broken. Instead it's my favorite sound effect now:
beard * date 2012-06-17 19:23 * author Horst JENS * tags code * slug 20120617_beard Here it is, the final answer why some programming languages become popular: It's the beard ! Note: Guido van Rossum, inventer of python, has of course a beard:
ludum dare game jam keynote * date 2012-04-20 07:01 * author Horst JENS * tags code, contest * slug 20120420_ludum-dare-game-jam-keynote Ludum dare game jam is starting this weekend. Check out the keynote (a nice flash video) here:
most liked programming language * date 2012-03-28 16:52 * author Horst JENS * tags code * slug 20120328_most-liked-programming-language according to this graph, python is the most liked programming language of hackers: [graph of most liked programming languages]I found this graph in the
teaching game programming * date 2012-03-06 08:03 * author Horst JENS * tags teaching, code * slug 20120306_teaching-game-programming Al Sweigart, author of “Invent Your own computer games with Python”, wrote a nice blog entry about the difficulty of teaching programming (to kids):
Khan Academy * date 2012-03-02 20:08 * author Horst JENS * tags learning, education, code * slug 20120302_khan-academy Wow, i found out that the famous Khan Academy website has a (hopefully growing) section of python video tutorials: * So far i found no
Gorillas * date 2012-01-16 19:46 * author Horst JENS * tags code, game, learning * slug 20120116_gorillas Found a nice website ( ) with a very nice review of a old dos game written in Qbasic: Gorillas You can read the original blogpost here: `


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SuperGameDevWeekend Finale * date 2011-12-14 08:12 * author Horst JENS * tags code, event, contest, report, ThePythonGameBook * googleadsense True * slug 20111214_supergamedevweekend-finale Sadly my plans of creating a nice little game during the
occupy * date 2011-12-10 08:15 * author Horst JENS * tags contest, event, code * slug 20111210_occupy * googleadsense True Game Jam! “Occupy” is the given theme for the super game dev weekend Game Jam in Vienna'sMetalab. The task is to create a game until sunday evening. It does not have to be a computer game, but it should include somehow the word
IDLE vs. geany * date 2011-11-30 08:32 * author Horst JENS * tags teaching, code * googleadsense True * slug 20111130_idle-vs-geany This is a very good blog-posting and i fully agree with it: [image0] Idle is really only useful to teach the first steps of python. As soon as leaving the interactive mode, i force students to use a different editor than idle, mostly
life of Artifical Intelligence * date 2011-10-04 21:29 * author Horst JENS * tags code * slug 20111004_life-of-artifical-intelligence A TED Talk of Christoph Adami: “Finding life we can't imagine” about signs of life forms inside artificial intelligence.
pygame on sugar * date 2011-09-18 15:45 * author Horst JENS * tags event, report * googleadsense True * slug 20110918_pygame-on-sugar ThePythonGameBook on sugar (One laptop per child project, XO, OLPC) I was last weekend in Paris at the
learning javascript * date 2011-09-07 11:12 * author Horst JENS * tags code, learning * slug 20110907_learning-javascript Following a blog posting, i discovered and clicked my way throug 8 small JavaScript lessons. CodeAcademy seems to be a very well made online-learning site: you can solve all programming tasks online in a webform (google app-engine?), you get constant feedback for each solved mini-task and there are awards and medals go keep you motivat…
quote from Guido * date 2011-07-24 08:22 * author Horst JENS * tags learning * slug 20110724_quote-from-guido [Guido van Rossum (google+ profile pic)] Found a good quote in the Google+ Stream of Guido van Rossum (creator of Pythopn): """Dear Guido, How can I make myself a better programmer, and work with you one day? --Hoping in Brazil """ Dear Hoping, A good way to improve your programming skills is to participate in an open source project. Even if you don't contribute patches,…
donate Bitcoins * date 2011-07-20 18:16 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20110720_donate-bitcoins It is now possible to donate Bitcoins to ThePythonGameBook project: * You can enter the desired amount and currency and click on the “donate”
news from the "hello world" authors * date 2011-07-16 14:42 * author Horst JENS * tags code, learning * slug 20110716_news-from-the-hello-world-authors
Walled Gardens vs. Makers * date 2011-06-02 07:32 * author Horst JENS * tags code, learning * category english * slug 20110602_walled-gardens-vs-makers This posting is so good that i re-publish it here without any comment:
pygame tutorial * date 2011-05-14 15:19 * author Horst JENS * tags code, ThePythonGameBook * googleadsense True * slug 20110514_pygame-tutorial source code on github I moved all relevant source code examples in ThePythonGameBook (from part2, pygame,step 000 until step 022) from dokuwiki to
Flattr: 44 cent for April * date 2011-05-10 07:42 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20110510_flattr-44-cent-for-april I earned 44 cent with flattr in April for ThePythongameBook (and blog), a big thank you to both (!) of my flatter donators. The april earnings are impressive 157% of the march earnings (28 cent), while my Flattr spending stayed fixed at 2€ per month.
free book from Richard Stallman * date 2011-05-08 20:27 * author Horst JENS * tags book * category english * slug 20110508_free-book-from-richard-stallman Richard Stallman books Free books (pdf download) from Richard Stallman about free Software: [image0]
Ludum dare 20: write a game in 48 hours * date 2011-04-29 06:54 * author Horst JENS * tags code, contest * slug 20110429_ludum-dare-20-write-a-game-in-48-hours Ludum dare 20 is int the final voting process for the theme now, the challenge begins tomorrow.
github * date 2011-04-23 00:55 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20110423_github I'm very impressed with the design of Github.com and will try to use it for my ThePythonGameBook project. At the moment i uploaded the source code and data files for the pygame examples at github:
making money with Flattr. * date 2011-04-17 16:53 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20110417_making-money-with-flattr Yes, i make money with ThePythonGameBook. 0,28 € in march 2011 alone, to be exact. That is an incrase of a
new Facebook page url * date 2011-04-02 11:30 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * category english * slug 20110402_new-facebook-page-url The Facebook page of ThePythonGameBook has now a shorter, easy-to-remember URL: *
New look: roundbox template * date 2011-02-25 10:44 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20110225_new-look-with-roundbox-template * googleadsense True ThePythonGameBook has a new look, thanks to the roundbox template of dokuwiki. The Facebook like box (19 Fans !) is now at the lower end of the sidebar, to make space for the more important navigation tree and the edit commands on top of the sidebar.
facebook like box and bigger logo * date 2011-01-24 10:31 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * category english * slug 20110124_facebook-like-box-and-bigger-logo The Facebook-Likebox, leading to the Facebook-Fanpage of ThePythonGameBook is finally working. I had to use Dokuwikis facebook-plugin instead of the html-code generated by facebook to make it work inside Dokuwiki.
boys, schools and gaming * date 2011-01-20 07:10 * author Horst JENS * tags teaching, education, gender, game * googleadsense True * slug 20110120_boys-schools-and-gaming interesting TED video about the topic boys, schools and gaming by Ali Carr-Chellman:
New Facebook Fan page * date 2011-01-18 17:19 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20110118_new-facebook-fan-page Good news, everyone: ThePythonGameBook has now it's own Facebook -Fanpage (also linked from this blog): I hope that the Facebook Fanpage url will change into as soon as i reach 100 Fans. So far, 10 hours after writing a message to >150 frien…
rotating toward a (moving) target * date 2011-01-08 15:50 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, python * slug 20110108_rotating-toward-a-moving-target Good news, everyone: Another new page in ThePythonGameBook wiki ! This time, the tankdemo is slightly altered to demonstrate how to rotate toward a target. Please notice that the video as well as the graphic display a older version of the sourcecode (in the video, the displ…
Shooting bullets from the end of a cannon barrel * date 2011-01-06 14:27 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * googleadsense True * slug 20110106_shooting-bullets-from-the-end-of-a-cannon-barrel Finally i found time and energy to write a new wiki page for


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How to fail building a MMOG * date 2010-11-21 10:55 * author Horst JENS * tags report, event * googleadsense True * slug 20101121_how-to-fail-building-a-mmog On 19. Nov 2010 i heard a very interesting lecture: How to fail building a Massively multiplayer online game
New logo for ThePythonGameBook and blog * date 2010-07-28 11:12 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20100728_new-logo-for-thepythongamebook-and-blog Thanks to artist Yun Xiang from www.idesire.at i have a new logo for ThePythonGameBook as well as for the blog. See here a history of my logo's:
teaching with ThePythonGameBook in Austrian schools. * date 2010-07-27 19:35 * author Horst JENS * tags teaching, code, ThePythonGameBook, report * googleadsense True * slug 20100727_teaching-with-thepythongamebook-in-austrian-schools In June 2010 i hold Python/Pygame workshops in three different schools in Austria. All schools were using some kind of Linux for their computer labs.
new example game: shooting with rockets and bullets * date 2010-06-04 01:52 * author Horst JENS * tags code, ThePythonGameBook * googleadsense True * slug 20100604_new-example-game-shooting-with-rockets-and-bullets A new example game for
20 people, 16 hours, 10 games * date 2010-05-31 22:14 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * googleadsense True * slug 20100531_20-people-16-hours-10-games This weekend i made a schooling about game programming for 20 people of Bupp, Austria's state-run Game rating agency.
new server * date 2010-05-20 13:57 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20100520_new-server The python Game Book moved to a new server and got a new, official URL: \ The new server allows me to run all the Dokuwiki and all it's plugins without problems. One of those new plugins, already integrated into Dokuwiki is the bookcreator plugin: It allows you to select several wiki pages and download them together as an pdf file. Pages can be even…
Publich lecture about The Python Game Book at Vienna’s Linux convention. * date 2010-05-09 11:34 * author Horst JENS * tags event, ThePythonGameBook * slug 20100509_publich-lecture * googleadsense True Yesterday morning i hold a public lecture about The Python Game Book at the annual Linux meeting in Vienna, called
new pages * date 2010-04-13 07:19 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, code * slug 20100413_new-pages Found time to work on new sites (wiki pages) of my Python Game Book. Have lot's of ideas for re-working already existing pages and improving nearly all code examples.
pygame running Tuxfighter on my Nokia N900 * date 2010-03-21 12:26 * author Horst JENS * tags code, game * slug 20100321_pygame-running-tuxfighter-on-my-nokia-n900 Since a month i am the proud owner of a real Linux mobile phone (Nokia N900) but i still have to learn about it.
Review: computer science for Kids by André Lessa * date 2010-03-21 18:11 * author Horst JENS * tags Review * slug 20100321_computer-science-for-kids-by-andre-lessa I was so impressed by this free book from André Lessa that i did a promo video for him:
Austria Game Jam 2010 * date 2010-02-01 14:57 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook, event, contest, report * googleadsense True * slug 20100201_austria-game-jam [austriagamejam.mira-markus-raff-teresa-plakate] I can proudly report that 4 of my students of participated at the
First public reading from The Python Game Book * date 2010-01-23 10:35 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythongamebook, code, event * googleadsense True * slug 20100123_first-public-reading-from-the-python-game-book Vienna, 17. Feb. 2010: The first public reading directly from


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new Dokuwiki features coming soon * date 2009-11-15 20:20 * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20091115_new-dokuwiki-features-coming-soon Good news: The dokuwiki mailing list says that the next dokuwiki version will have improved features for the code plugin.
code line by line discussion: better layout * date 2009-10-11 17:25 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20091011_code-line-by-line-discussion-better-layout Responding to critique from users of the german pythonforum i changed the layout of the code
pythongamebook part 2: first pygame examples uploaded * date 2009-10-04 13:06 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20091004_pygame-examples-uploaded The good news: i uploaded the first set of pygame examples into The Python Game Book: The bad news: i have not yet cleaned up several of the errors in part 1 (python). Also explaining text and code discussion for the first pygame examples ar…
source forge * date 2009-09-22 16:16 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * category english * slug 20090922_source-forge Sourceforge net is now linking directly to The Python Game book. Old sourceforge project website was pygamebook.sf.net and linked to spielend-programmieren wiki instead of directly to pythongamebook.com
new url: www.pythongamebook.com * date 2009-09-16 11:38 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090916_new-url-www-pythongamebook-com Finally a new url to The Python Game Book works: while www.pygamebook.com still works, i think www.pythongamebook.com will become the official url for my book.
first feedback * date 2009-09-15 08:54 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090915_first-feedback I got responses from a posting (requesting test readers) on a German Python Forum: Many responses, but all responses were high-quality. Now i have time to apply the proposed changes into The Python Game Book. My secret dream that my test readers would do the work for me and simply apply the edits in the wiki did not come true (yet).
one page written * date 2009-09-10 13:08 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090910_one-page-written I can proudly announce that at least one page of my book is ready: and several other pages are at least created, like the English start / overview page:
pygamebook logo – dream and reality * date 2009-08-25 05:30 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090825_dream-and-reality I got creative last night and decided that i need a logo for The Python Game Book. My idea is a Tux reading a book, with the python and pygame snake looking over his shoulders and a joystick is visible in the mind of Tux. or so.
openoffice button * date 2009-08-23 14:39 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090823_openoffice-button my wiki is growing and sport an brand new, self-made “export to OpenOffice” button. Right-Click on the picture and select
first visual impression * date 2009-08-20 15:34 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090820_first-visual-impression I finally figured out a workable multi-lingual configuration for my wiki: dokuwiki and arctic theme and multilingual plugin click on the graphic to zoom
the fist lines are written * date 2009-08-18 13:25 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090818_the-fist-lines-are-written i just wrote the first line of my new book  (the python game book), using a new Dokuwiki. The book is not public visible now, but the url exist:
coming soon... * date 2009-08-18 10:05 * author Horst JENS * tags ThePythonGameBook * slug 20090818_hello-world-2 After three years of mostly talking about,  i will soon start my Python Game Book project.  As it is now, some sketches are visible at
Title: Installing Linux on a Dead Badger Date: 2009-06-12 11:11 Category: english Slug: 20090612 Summary: batch imported old blogposting Installing Linux on a Dead Badger Installing Linux on a Dead Badger: User's Notes


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