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Practical Maya Programming with Python

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Learn
  • Understand the architecture of Python objects, Maya nodes, and PyMEL
  • Write composable code that is modular and re-usable
  • Make Maya "Pythonic" through the use of decorators and context managers
  • Learn about different Maya UI options and libraries
  • Use PySide and PyQt to build Maya user interfaces
  • Turn Maya into a server that can be controlled remotely
  • Understand how to use Python with Maya's API
  • Conquer custom nodes using Python's dynamic type creation
About

Autodesk Maya is a 3D computer graphics software. It offers a vast and flexible set of features utilizing Python. It is not difficult to get started using Python in Autodesk Maya, but it can be difficult to go from writing procedural, MEL-inspired tools to building the powerful yet simple systems that Python promises.

Practical Maya Programming with Python will help you master both Python and Maya. With thorough explanations, illustrative examples, and complete sample projects, you will learn how to use Python to charm Maya into obeying your every command.  Practical Maya Programming with Python will teach you how PyMEL works as well as how to deal with errors and write composable code in Python.

Features
  • Create and customize UIs using standard tools and libraries
  • Understand how Maya can leverage advanced Python features
  • Make your tools, and Maya itself, fully automatable
Page Count 352
Course Length 10 hours 33 minutes
ISBN 9781849694728
Date Of Publication 24 Jul 2014

Authors

Robert Galanakis

Robert Galanakis is a technical artist cum programmer who has worked in various areas of game development. He is the Technical Director of EVE Online at CCP Games, Iceland, where he focuses on Python, Lean, and Agile training and evangelism. In 2008, Rob founded tech-artists.org, which is the largest and the most active community focused on tech art on the Internet. He has spoken at Game Developers Conference several times and has also written many articles about tools, pipelines, and culture. His blog can be found at www.robg3d.com. He lives in Reykjavík, Iceland, with his wife Casady and their son Marcus.