We celebrated MicroPython’s 6th birthday on April 29th! Here are some important milestone dates we checked with the creator, Damien!
- 29th April 2013: first line of code written (in private, before anyone knew about it, before it was even called Micro-Python)
- 17th Sept 2013: first code running on a microcontroller, on the very first prototype of the pyboard
- 2nd Oct 2013: register micropython.org
- 4th Oct 2013: first commit in what is now the main repository
- late Dec 2013: source code up on GitHub
- 21st June 2014: last of the Kickstarter rewards sent out (for the first Kickstarter)
The Early Days of MicroPython – YouTube.
April 29, 2019 is the sixth ‘birthday’ of MicroPython. At the April Melbourne Meetup, Damien George, creator of MicroPython, delves into his archives and shows the earliest code and notes about the goals of the language. The material pre-dates the first git commit! Listen in as Damien reveals how and why the language began and evolved. It’s a nice way to celebrate MicroPython’s sixth birthday!
In newsletter #8 from MicroPython, Damien published some never-before-seen details about the start of MicroPython.
Here is an excerpt from the initial notes. The title is “Python board” and the date is 29 April 2013:
Python board 29/4/2013
The smallest, cheapest python.
A piece of hardware that is small and cheap, runs python scripts, and has good low-level access to hardware. If we can do it with a single chip, that would keep it small and cheap. Need then something with a large amount of flash and a decent amount of RAM, that also is cheap enough. Atmel SAM’s have order 1MiB flash and 128KiB SRAM, for around $10 one-off.
- Implements Python 3 core language.
- Flash presents as a flash drive with vfat filesystem.
- Put python scripts on flash and it runs them (maybe have a (multicolour?) led that flashes on error and writes a “core” dump to the flash). This led can also double as a user output led.
- Can run multiple scripts on once.
Our strength would be small, cheap, simple, easy to replicate.
Can have a range of boards with different features. But all must be basically compatible and capable of running the same scripts.
Happy Birthday MicroPython! Thank you Damien for creating something special and open!