Some great work from the team at IC Robotics has turned the Pi into an FM radio! Capable of playing back wav files via a Python application (backed with a custom C library).
At the moment it’s Mono only and there are some issues with CPU priority but it’s a great starting point.
And there’s more, Guido PE1NNZ has released code to enable the Raspberry Pi computer board to generate SSB on the 7 and 14 MHz bands. SSB is used in HAM radio around the world and Guido has managed to make contact with other users across Europe via his Pi.
(src: makezine.com, southgatearc.com)
Disclaimer: producing radio signals may be subject to control and licensing in your country. Please check your local laws before trying any of the above.
TechRadar.com have a post that runs you through the basics of Scratch and then Python on your Pi. Nothing hugely new here but a great intro to both platforms and get’s you back to Pi programming roots.
Following are the code snippets from the session on PyGame I ran earlier today.
Don’t forget to stick with IDLE and Python 2.7 (unless you’ve updated your Pi) and check out these PyGame resources when you’re ready to move on to the next level.
PyGame is a HUGE framework so you may need some help finding your way round at first.
This post contains a range of resources and tutorials to get you started and comfortable enough with PyGame to start creating your own mega games!
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.
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!
Thanks to Stuart Hughes who found this amazing series of videos covering Python 3 development.
The first few videos are below (I’ve jumped in at number 2 as the first vid covers installation) and hit this link for the full series.
The second part of the intro to Python covering if logic, loops, & functions.
(Part 1 of this series is here)
The code and notes from today’s Programming the Pi Session.
Covers an introduction to data types and some of the things we can do with them.
(Note: you can get a sneak peak at part 2 here)
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.