Program a game of bingo with ReportLab and Panda3D for Python


© Photo by Josh Redd on Unsplash

© Photo by Josh Redd on Unsplash

Article from Issue 266/2023

A game of bingo illustrates how to use the ReportLab toolkit and Panda3D real-time 3D engine.

Python is great for a number of computing tasks: rapid prototyping, quick calculations, and data formatting, just to name a few. If the output of your perfect project needs to be more polished or ready to review immediately, you can use two libraries to generate unique outputs directly from Python. The ReportLab [1] toolkit generates PDF files, and Panda3D [2] creates a Python-controllable 3D world for dynamic computer graphics.

For the purposes of this project, I will use the game of bingo as an example. To begin, a set of bingo cards is generated with Python and ReportLab (Figure 1), then a bingo caller is put together with Python and Panda3D.

Figure 1: One page of the ReportLab output. Each page contains four bingo cards.


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