Project 8: Better Trees
As with last week, the assignment is to bring together the lsystem and turtle interpreter classes to make a scene that consists of fractal shapes and trees. Your top-level program will import both the lsystem and interpreter modules. Unlike last week, however, your scene.py may not import the turtle module or make any calls to turtle commands directly. If you want to draw something, you have to pass a string to the interpreter drawString method. There will be no exceptions to that rule. (Note that you may attach arbitrary meaning to any character not used by an L-system grammar.)
We want to be able to change the color of elements in an Lsystem
without affecting the color of other elements. We would also like to
avoid setting colors, widths, or other turtle drawing features by adding new parameters to
drawString. Modify your drawString method so that it
supports five additional characters in the strings.
- '<' - the left angle bracket should push the current turtle color onto a color stack. You'll need to create a separate colorstack variable similar to the one used for position and heading. You can use the function turtle.color() to get the turtle's current color. Note that this function returns a tuple of colors. You should append just the first element of the tuple onto the color stack (e.g. turtle.color() ).
- '>' - the right angle bracket should pop the current turtle color off the color stack and set the turtle's color to that value.
- 'g' - set the turtle's color to green (e.g. (0.15, 0.5, 0.2) ).
- 'y' - set the turtle's color to light yellow ( e.g. (0.8, 0.8, 0.3) ).
- 'r' - set the turtle's color to red ( e.g. (0.7, 0.2, 0.3) ).
Create a file make_image1.py. Have the file import lsystem and turtle_interpreter (the new versions). Write a function that makes a forest or garden of flowers that includes multi-rule L-systems with leaves or other ornaments that make use of the color store/restore. You can use the symbol L to indicate a leaf, which could be drawn as a semicircle or a circle or a line. The following are variations with leaves and flowers, all defined by strings (no special characters except L). Try to include L-system trees with different numbers of iterations. (Note that at least two of the L-systems you use must have at least 2 rules.)
systemCL systemDL systemEL systemFL systemGL
This is required image 1.
Please indicate either in your write-up or in your code which L-systems you use. If you happen to use command line arguments to specify filenames and don't tell use which systems you used, then we can't run your code to reproduce your image. It is prefered that your just hard-code the filenames in your main functions, rather than rely on the command line.
Make two new L-systems. They can be variations on one of the ones
provided, an L-system from the ABOP book, or one you create on
your own. The L-systems of interest are given in the
chapter 1, pages 10, 11, and 25.
If you use a variation, include both the original and your variant in your writeup. (The difference does not have to be large.)
In the file make_image2.py, create a scene function that makes an image using your L-systems after 2, 3, and 4 iterations. Note, if using a different pattern of iterations is more interesting (e.g. 4, 5, 6) you are free to use a different set of three iteration values. Indicate what you used in your writeup.
This is required image 2.
Please indicate either in your write-up or in your code which L-systems you use (and include the txt files for your new L-systems with your code when you turn it in!).
Each assignment will have a set of suggested extensions. The required tasks constitute about 85% of the assignment, and if you do only the required tasks and do them well you will earn a B+. To earn a higher grade, you need to undertake one or more extensions. The difficulty and quality of the extension or extensions will determine your final grade for the assignment. One complex extension, done well, or 2-3 simple extensions are typical.
- Have each tree exhibit some variation by modifying aspects of how it is drawn.
- Add leaves, berries, or color to your trees by adding symbols to the rules and cases to your turtle interpreter. For each new symbol, you will need another elif case in your drawString method.
In the Lsystem class create a method def __str__(self) that
returns a nicely formatted string that might look like the following
base X rule X -> F-[[X]+X]+F[+FX]-X rule F -> FF
The __str__ method gets called automatically when an object is printed out. It's also called to implement casting an object to a string using str(thing). Note that your __str__ method should not print anything out. It should build a string from the information in your L-system and return the string. Remember that '\n' is how you create a newline character.
In the test main function the line:
should print out your nicely formatted string instead of the generic class instance string when you run your lsystem.py file.
See if you can draw the base string and rule below the image of a tree from that L-system.
- Get fancy with required images 2 or 3. Note that fancy means using programming structures (functions, loops, conditionals, lists, or math) to make a more interesting scene.
- Make more L-systems.
- Demonstrate that you can create other kinds of shapes (like squares, triangles, etc) by passing strings to the turtle interpreter's drawString method.
Writeup and Hand-in
Turn in your code by putting it into your private handin directory on the Courses server. All files should be organized in a folder titled "Proj8" and you should include only those files necessary to run the program. We will grade all files turned in, so please do not turn in old, non-working, versions of files.
Make a new wiki page for your assignment. Put the label cs151f14project8 in the label field on the bottom of the page. But give the page a meaningful title (e.g. Stephanie's project 8).
In general, your intended audience for your write-up is your peers not in the class. Your goal should be to be able to use it to explain to friends what you accomplished in this project and to give them a sense of how you did it. Follow the outline below.
- A brief summary of the task, in your own words. This should be no more than a few sentences. Give the reader context and identify the key purpose of the assignment.
- A description of your solution to the tasks, including any images you created. This should be a description of the form and functionality of your final code. You may want to incorporate code snippets in your description to point out relevant features. Note any unique computational solutions you developed. Code snippets should be small segments of code--usually less than a whole function--that demonstrate a particular concept. If you find yourself including more than 5-10 lines of code, it's probably not a snippet.
- A description of any extensions you undertook, including images demonstrating those extensions. If you added any modules, functions, or other design components, note their structure and the algorithms you used.
- A brief description (1-3 sentences) of what you learned. For example, think about the answer to these questions: Did you have any setbacks or frustrations? If so, how did you overcome them? Did you encounter any surprises (good or bad)? Did you do any experimenting and, if so, how did it turn out?
- A list of people you worked with, including TAs, and professors. Include in that list anyone whose code you may have seen, such as those of friends who have taken the course in a previous semester.
- Don't forget to label your writeup so that it is easy for others to find. For this lab, use cs151f14project8