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Alternative languages for programming SAMD51 boards @microchipmakes @adafruit

A new guide on the Adafruit Learning System about the programming possibilities of the Microchip SAMD51/M4 on several Adafruit products including the Metro M4 Express.

Adafruit’s SAMD21 (aka M0) and SAMD51 (aka M4) boards provide impressive support for various programming options, some of which haven’t really been a viable option on microcontrollers. Of course, there’s C and C++. That’s available for pretty much any microcontroller ever. The ’21 and especially the ’51 throw open the gates to higher level languages such as Makecode/Javascript and CircuitPython.

Forth and Lisp are very, very different languages. Yet they have some things in common: they look nothing like C, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, or probably most programming languages you’ve used. Another thing they share is that they’ve both been around for a long time. Lisp dates back to 1958 and the beginning of the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Lab at MIT. In fact the fellow who conceived of and designed Lisp, John McCarthy, also came up with the phrase “artificial intelligence”.

See the possibilities in the new guide and check out Adafruit’s lineup of SAMD51 based development boards.


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