Get to Know the BBC Micro:bit — Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

It’s time we gave the micro:bit an in-depth look, and showcase what exactly this impressive little device is capable of doing for you.

I recently bought one of these from Adafruit, see my YouTube video Postbag – Adadfruit micro:bit, arcade game pad GMH-063.  

In my first experiments with it, I was a little disappointed.  I tried to compare it to an Arduino or Raspberry PI which I  have become spoiled on.  I dug a little deeper and found some very interesting capabilities including

This was designed for beginners who want to get started without a large investment.  micro:bit runs on two AA batteries.  It has Bluetooth LE 4.0 built in so you can talk to it with just about any computing device.  With a compass and accelerometer, you can use it with motion-based projects, think Jedi Light Sabre.   Large alligator clip pads for when you are not allowed to solder like I am in the living room.  I can see a connector in the future to plug the micro:bit into to use all the pins.   To top it off it has an 8 x 8 led matrix on the back.

I thought maybe because of its size and being an unusual board that would be difficult to code.  Wrong again, “MakeCode: a drag and drop block coding system, and for the “Hard Core” 😉 folk it can be programmed with microPython.  Within 10 minutes after plugging in my AA battery pack I was able to build a block code program to change the led matrix to show rapid acceleration and point to the way to North.  I was very impressed now imagine if you 12 years old how you are going to feel.

I’m ordering one for the grandson for Christmas.  I’d recommend the micro:bit to anyone who still has a 12-year-old sense of excitement trapped in them.

Link to my Postbag video with micro:bit in it.

via Get to Know the BBC Micro:bit — Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Postbag – Adadfruit micro:bit, arcade game pad GMH-063

Postbag Adafruit GMH-063, packages from Adafruit are always a joy to get. This one was special because it had a micro:bit BBC computer that can be coded with Microsofts Block editor, JavaScript or microPython.

00:29 Raspberry PI 3 Model b –

01:52 Adafruit Joy Bonnet for Raspberry Pi –

03:21 BBC micro:bit

Microsofts micro:bit web-based Block Editor / JavaScript –

micro:bit web-based microPython IDE –

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Python Is Over 25 Years Old. Here’s How it Stayed Relevant — DZone Web Dev Zone

There are hundreds of programming languages out there: some exploded in popularity and then diminished, some started as niche languages and never expanded beyond a core group of devotees, but one, in particular, has withstood the test of time. So why is Python, designed in 1989 and first released in 1991, still relevant today? You…

Okay, okay, okay.  Python is back.  Well, it never left its always been there like the guy with a hockey mask with an ax in the woods. (Halloween you know).  I have seen quite a few interesting new utilities written in Python.  Ther is even some new training courses showing how to use Python to build a website.  Adafruit industries located in NYC has helped this along with Circuit Python and small boards to run it on.

I remember when Python was taught in College just to introduce students to programming before they learned a serious language like Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Cobol ;-).  I think it has joined the leagues of “Serious”.

via Python Is Over 25 Years Old. Here’s How it Stayed Relevant — DZone Web Dev Zone

These 10 programming languages have dominated development in 2017, guess number one

With the continued growth of interest in software engineering and developer jobs, it seems like everyone wants to know which programming languages are the most useful to learn. The popularity of these languages ebbs and flows with the market, so it’s … more

From Daniel Kaufman’s web page comes the news item of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently released its list of the top programming languages for 2017.  Here is a surprise, number one of the list is…… Python.

via These 10 programming languages have dominated development in 2017 — JSFeeds