Hello and welcome to our Free Beginner Guide on Python for Robotics!
This guide is designed for absolute beginners with little to no prior programming experience.
This is the 1st page of the guide!
Python is one of the most popular programming languages today because it is easy to learn and can be used for a wide range of tasks, from software development to artificial intelligence. This guide will teach you the basics of Python so that you can get started programming right away. You can use Python for robotics in many ways. Some people use it to write programs that control their robot’s movements. Others use it to create artificial intelligence algorithms that allow their robots to think and make decisions on their own. And still, others use it to develop new types of robots or robotic devices.
There are many different ways to learn Python. You can read books, watch videos, or study an online guide like this one. No matter how you learn, the important thing is that you get started today!
What This Guide Provides!
This guide provides an introduction to the Python programming language for robotics. The guide begins with an overview of the Python language, including its syntax, semantics and required software. Next, you will learn about the various libraries and tools that are available for robotics programming in Python.
Finally, you will put all of this knowledge to use by writing a simple Python program to control a robot. By the end of this guide, you will have a strong foundation in Python programming that you can use to start writing your robotics programs. This will put you on the path to becoming a future robotics engineer!
Here is a Brief Overview of What You Will Learn in Each Lesson
Even though we are calling this a beginner guide, it is still going to be very comprehensive. If you follow along, study, do your due diligence and don’t skip any material, you will be in a very good place to start working on your own robotics program. Check out the overview below.
Section 1. An Introduction to Python
In this lesson, you will learn what Python is and why it is a popular language for programming. You will also be given a brief overview of the language syntax and data types.
Link to the introduction section here: An Introduction to Python for Robotics.
Section 2. Python Installation
In this lesson, you will learn how to install Python on your computer. You will also learn how to set up a development environment so that you can start writing code.
Link to the Python installation section here: Python for Robotics Installation Instructions.
Section 3. Variables and Data Types
In this lesson, you will learn about variables and how to store data in them. You will also learn about the different data types available in Python and how to convert between them.
Here is a very good overview of the Python variables and data types: Python Variables and Data Types in Robotics.
Section 4. Operators and Expressions
In this lesson, you will learn about the various operators available in Python and how to use them to create expressions. You will also learn about the order of operations and how to use parentheses to control the evaluation of expressions.
Click here for the section covering Operators and Expressions: Python Operators and Expressions in Robotics.
Section 5. Conditional Statements
In this lesson, you will learn about the if statement and how to use it to execute code conditionally. You will also learn about the else and elif statements and how to use them to create more complex conditional structures.
Here is the link to Python’s conditional statements section: Conditional Statements in Python for Robotics.
Section 6. Loops
In this lesson, you will learn about the for loop and how to use it to iterate over data structures. You will also learn about the while loop and how to use it to execute code repeatedly.
Ready to jump into Python’s loops for Robotics? Click here: Python Loops in Robotics.
Section 7. Functions
In this lesson, you will learn about functions and how to define your own. You will also learn about the built-in functions available in Python and how to use them.
Another important and key section in this guide cover the functions aspect of Python. Click the following link to learn all about: Python Functions in Robotics.
Section 8. Modules
In this lesson, you will learn what modules are and why they are useful. You will also learn about the standard library and how to use modules from it in your code.
We have put together a great introductory guide to Python Modules here: Python Modules in Robotics.
Section 9. Files
In this lesson, you will learn about reading and writing files in Python. You will also learn about different file formats and how to parse them.
To get started learning more about Python files, click here: Reading and Writing Python Files for Robotics.
Section 10. Exceptions
In this lesson, you will learn about exceptions and how to handle them in your code. You will also learn about the try/logging module/custom structure and how to use it to catch and recover from errors.
Check out this section to learn more about Python exceptions in Robotics here: How to Handle Python Exceptions in Robotics!
Section 11. Classes
In this lesson, you will learn about objects and how to create your own using classes. You will also learn about inheritance and how to use it to create new classes from existing classes.
Here is a good mini guide on the objects and classes within Robotics: Python Objects and Classes in Robotics.
Section 12. Debugging
In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of errors that can occur in your code and how to debug them. You will also learn about the Python debugger and how to use it to find and fix errors in your code.
Ready to learn some debugging? Yeah I know; doesn’t sound too exciting. However, you should know that this is a very important part of coding in robotics. If error arise, you will need to know how to troubleshoot. Check out this great resource on debugging robotics Python code: How to Debug Python Code in Robotics.
So, 12 sections in total. Not bad right?
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Bonus Section. Create a Simple Python Robotics Program
Once you have looked through (and hopefully studied) the 12 sections above, try your newly learned Python for Robotics skills out by writing a small program to control a Robotic arm. Check out the link here to learn more: Simple Python Program to Control a Robotic Arm.