I’d like to share a fun little example I’ve been fiddling around with over the weekend while attempting to get to grips with PHP. A few weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge and dedicate some quality time learning the basics of Ubuntu and dynamic web programming using Apache, mySQL and PHP. To keep things interesting, I’ve been looking for good practical examples to play with. The first mini-project was to get PHP talking to Arduino so that I could use a basic web page to toggle Arduino’s on-board LED on pin 13 on and off.
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