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17 May 2014

Start Coding: Raspberry Pi Projects

The availability of a fully functioning Linux computer for under £30 has attracted enormous worldwide interest. The result is a profusion of guides, tutorials and helpful resources for anyone wishing to dip their toes into the coding waters.

While a Pi supports dozens of languages the Raspberry Pi Foundation chose Python as its default development language.

With over 2.5 million boards now in circulation there's a wealth of Python resources (including my own Learn Python on the Raspberry Pi tutorial). Even if you're not a Pi owner much of this material is applicable to PCs running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.

Once you've acquired a few basic Python skills why not try your hand at the Pi version of Minecraft. After a quick and easy installation process you can begin building using just a few lines of Python code.

With it's built-in, multi-pin General Purpose Input Output (GPIO) connector the Raspberry Pi is ideally suited to maker projects. The Python and Scratch languages both have simple GPIO interfaces for experiments with LEDs, sensors, integrated circuits and much more.

Once your creation is complete you could demonstrate the fruits of your efforts at a local Raspberry Pi Jam event or hardware hacking convention. These are great places to meet like minded individuals and discover new ideas.

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