Make: Getting Started with Circuit Playground Express is written by our friend, Mike Barela, author of GSW Adafruit Trinket. Mike is an engineer and Maker and recently joined the Adafruit team.
This book gives you the low-down on microcontrollers by learning how to use the Express with Microsoft MakeCode and CircuitPython. You’ll also learn how to configure your board and have fun in the Arduino IDE! Also includes a forward from Limor “Ladyada” Fried (designer of the Circuit Playground)
The pace is also good for teachers/instructors to get people familiar with programmable microcontrollers.
Getting Started with Circuit Playground Express will be out in paper and e-book format around the time of World Maker Faire in NYC (September)!
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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.