Name: [10761] Jason Wirth
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An introducton to the 'Artist' [ID:1491] (1/5)

in series: Matplotlib and iPython

video tutorial by Jason Wirth, added 06/09

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The Artist class is the foundation for everything in matplotlib.

This video provides an introduction to Matplotlib and demonstrates how to create a simple line plot.

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thank you! :)


Thanks for taking the time to create this video.


10. anonymous Sat, 21 Nov 2009 15:01

Very useful. I learned some things about interactive mode that I didn't know. Thanks.


9. anonymous Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:27

Intro to artist is fairly clear, appreciated. However, as an introduction to matplotlib I expected an interesting practical example of the library's power (along the lines of the introductory piece in Peter Seibel's 'Practical Common Lisp': http://gigamonkeys.com/book/practical-a-simple-database.html)


8. anonymous Sun, 15 Nov 2009 03:27

Great video, exactly what I was looking for.


7. anonymous Wed, 05 Aug 2009 01:37

Starts from the basics.. Quite good!!!


All: Thank you for the comments. They are greatly appreciated. As Ian and Kyran state, comments absolutely help the author.

This is my first series of ShowMeDo's and I created it with two goals: 1) help people with matplotlib and 2) put myself in the tutorial maker's shoes--with emphasis on the 2nd goal. To this point I've been on the receiving end of Python instruction and wanted to switch roles. Ironically, it is usually the teacher who learns more than the student.

I feel a huge gap in the quality of Python, and computer science in general, instruction caused by teachers forgetting what it's like to not know something. For once you know something it's impossible to remember what it's like to not know.

I'm also experimenting with different ways of presenting and organizing material. Producing a video requires the author to make many choices--how long, what points to introduce first, how do you build upon prior material, what assumptions do the students have. Indeed this is the art of teaching.


5. anonymous Fri, 24 Jul 2009 05:54

Hi Jason,

Very useful video on matplotlib. Thanks.

I think it would be useful to snip little teeny, tiny

asides (like the Winkey incident) to make it go

faster. But for OP maybe it is useful to leave it

seamless; and they have time to absorb the

material. It"s your call...

I"m gonna watch the whole series.

paultaney@yahoo.com


4. anonymous Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:41

Great stuff!


3. anonymous Wed, 01 Jul 2009 14:39

very nice explanation


2. anonymous Sun, 28 Jun 2009 17:25

Nice one - good clean and simple introduction to the basics of matplotlib. The site is wonderful, but so dauntingly large! Thanks for pointing out a starting point.


Fantastic! Both cofounders of Showmedo have used and raved about Matplotlib for years. In my academic work it proved a boon, and the integration with Ipython is just icing on the cake. Loved the screencast - this is just too easy a way to learn ;) I had a little audio-glitch early on that I don't think was due to constriction of the intertubes, but generally fine for audio and visual.

You're good to self-publish. Welcome to Showmedo and thanks for helping spread the good word on Matplotlib. I'll be blogging about this later and hopefully send some traffic this way.


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