Codecademy teaches you how to code in your browser

Learning to code isn’t easy but the team at Codecademy have done their best to make it as simple as possible for you to get started.

The site offers a range of “tracks” (Pi fans be sure to check out the Python track) covering basic web development, PHP, Python (of course), Javascript, Ruby and more.

All tracks are completed in the browser via a simple text entry console. In short, this is probably the best “getting started” programming resource online at the moment!

MCPiPy offers some great Minecraft Python Scripts

One of the highlights of the enormously popular Minecraft on the Pi is the ability to script your in game world using simple development tools.

To this end the lovely people over at McPiPy have setup a site with a range of Minecraft Python Scripts for you to use and experiment with. They’ve even given you a little how to explaining how to install and use them!

Definitely one to bookmark as I’m sure they’ll be adding more scripts in time.

 

Easily boot multiple linux distros from the same SD card using Berry Boot

BerryBoot is the swiss army knife of Raspberry Pi OS management.

It lets you choose from a range of OSs to boot from a single SD card (if it’s big enough) and lets you move your OS onto an external USB drive. It even downloads the images for you saving you a lot of faffing about with dd or image building utilities.

It’s a great tool for those who like hacking about in different distros but be careful not to wipe a useful SD card!

(Source:  Web Upd8)

Flashing LEDs, Singing Jelly Babies and more resources from OCR

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) have ben working together to produce a range of resources that support the use of the Raspberry Pi in the classroom.

Currently available in PDF format for easy printing, the documents cover Getting Started, a list of links to other resources, classroom challenges and a couple of hardware recipes:

Flash LED Recipe (PDF)

Singing Jelly Baby Recipe (PDF)

We’ll be adding this page to our own resources section as it’s sure to grow and the sheets are high quality and very useful!

(Source: www.ocr.org.uk & @Rob_Bishop)

Resources for the Raspberry Pi Beginner

The following is a list of useful sites if you’re just starting out with your Pi:

The main Raspberry Pi Website – www.raspberrypi.org
Great for breaking news about the Pi project. Definitely one to keep an eye on! Also don’t forget to check out the Downloads section of the site for the latest OS releases and more.

The Official Raspberry Pi Forums – www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3
Part of what makes the Pi project so great is the community of users for the little devices. The official forum is a great place to engage with this community. Just sign up for an account (and be sure to follow forum etiquette by searching first to see if your question has already been answered and being nice to people on the site)

The Raspberry Pi Wiki – elinux.org/RaspberryPiBoard
The definitive guide to doing … well everything with your Pi. The sheer quantity of information in the Wiki can be daunting at first. Newbies should check out the Basic Setup and the Beginner’s Guide to get you up to speed. Some of the pages can be a little technical but it’s easily the most comprehensive resource for the Pi at the moment.

The Official Educational Manual – www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2965
An open source book that has been put together by a team of UK teachers from Computing at School (CAS), the Educational Manual is a great reference to have on your computer, eBook reader or just printed out. It’s still a work in progress but the current edition covers basic Pi setup & Linux usage, Scratch programming, Python programming and much more!
(Click here to directly download / view the PDF)

Raspberry Pi on Stack Exchange – raspberrypi.stackexchange.com
The web’s ultimate Q&A system has a section specifically for the Raspberry Pi! Again just sign up for an account, review the FAQ and ask away. Be aware that the Stack Exchange sites have quite specific requirements when it comes to questions so be sure to search first and review the site rules before posting.

Adafruit Learning Center – learn.adafruit.com/category/raspberry-pi
For those who are more hardware oriented, the Adafruit site offers a wealth of tutorials covering everything from hacking in a Kinect Sensor bar to basic network and GPIO setup.

Found a great resource that isn’t listed? Pop it in the comments box and I can add it to the page.