Circuit Python Hack Chat
We’ll be chatting with Scott and Dan from Adafruit about coding in Circuit Python!
Friday, February 2, 2018 12:00 pm PST (3pm EST) – Friday, February 2, 2018 12:30 pm PST (3:30pm EST).
Scott Shawcroft and Dan Halbert from Adafruit will be co-hosting the Hack Chat this week.
This Hack Chat is at noon PST, Friday, February 2nd.
Time Zones got you down? Here’s a handy count down timer!
CircuitPython is based on the open-source MicroPython which brings the popular Python language to micro-controllers. The goal of CircuitPython is to make hardware programming as simple and easy as possible. You can also support MicroPython and the creator, Damien George by purchasing official PyBoards at Adafruit as well as MicroPython stickers.
In this week’s chat (February 2nd, 2018), Scott Shawcroft and Dan Halbert from Adafruit will talk about Circuit Python and answer any questions that you may have.
Scott Shawcroft started working with Adafruit on MicroPython in September 2016 and has lead the (renamed) CircuitPython effort ever since. He has a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Washington (’09). He worked at Google on Google Maps prior to starting his own hardware and freelance software engineering company Chickadee Tech. He has two cats, Vin and Spook.
Dan Halbert starting using and working on CircuitPython early in 2017 and joined Adafruit in August of that year. He has CS degrees from MIT (SB ’78) and UC Berkeley (PhD ’84). He’s worked on programming for non-programmers, object-oriented programming languages and IDEs, and also speech and face recognition. Dan is the original author of the UNIX `more` command.
See you there!
CircuitPython is Adafruit’s branch of MicroPython designed to simplify experimentation and education on low-cost microcontrollers. It makes it easier than ever to get prototyping by requiring no upfront desktop software downloads.
With CircuitPython you can write clean and simple Python code to control hardware instead of having to use complex low-level languages like C or C++ (what Arduino uses for programming). It’s great for beginners!
Visit the CircuitPython section of our Learn Guide to learn more about using this awesome coding language and visit our #circuitpython channel on Discord to start chatting with the CircuitPython community.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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