Programming a Raspberry Pi and Python

Programming a Raspberry Pi and Python

Learning to code with a Raspberry Pi is one of the most profoundly life-changing things you can do. This has always been true, but learning to code is increasingly important in the modern world. The reason the Raspberry Pi was created was to challenge a drop in computer science applications at Cambridge University. Modern computers, and especially games consoles, were fun and powerful, but not easily programmable. The maker community fell in love with the Raspberry Pi, thanks to its cheap and hackable nature. Building and tinkering are the primary reasons we love Raspberry Pi. Great projects use a combination of hardware and software together. So, whether you’re a hacker learning to make better projects, or a would-be coder looking for a better career, we’re going to try and help you on your way. This article is based on Beginner’s Guide to Coding in issue 53 of The MagPi. Issue 54 of The MagPi has a companion piece on learning object orientated programming with a Raspberry Pi Click here to read Beginner’s Guide to Coding in issue 53 Click here to read Object Orientated Programming in issue 54 Learning to code with a Raspberry Pi The good news is that you don’t need to be a genius to know coding, just as you don’t have to be a genius to read and write. It’s actually pretty simple once you learn a few simple concepts like variables, branching, and loops. Perhaps you’re brand-new to coding. Maybe you did a little BASIC in school, or used old languages like Pascal and Fortran. Or maybe you’re already knee-deep in projects and just want to learn the language that controls them. Wherever you’re coming from, our programming guides will walk you through the basic concepts of computer programming. We’ll demystify the whole process of code, so you can get a better understanding of what’s going on inside your Raspberry Pi. Why it is important to learn coding “I think everybody in this country should learn to program a computer,” said Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs, “because it teaches you how to think.” Code is a critical layer in our lives that sits between us and the increasingly digital world that surrounds us. With just a small amount of understanding how code works, you’ll be able to perform computer tasks faster and get a better understanding of the world around you. Increasingly, humans and machines are working together.…
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UK Daily Deals: Halo Wars 2, Final Fantasy XV, £50 PlayStation Network Card

UK Daily Deals: Halo Wars 2, Final Fantasy XV, £50 PlayStation Network Card

Help us get to 2000 likes! Like our page to get the latest deals straight to your news feed and also look out for exclusive codes for our readers. The Cheapest Place to Preorder Halo Wars 2 Due for release on 21st February, 2017, Halo Wars 2 is now available to preorder on the Xbox One. Currently the cheapest place to preorder it is from Instant Gaming who have it priced at £31.32. To put perspective on this deal, Amazon have it going for £39.89 which means you’ll save at least £8 with Instant Gaming. Continue reading…
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James Corden Joins 'Late Late Show' Co-Producer Fulwell 73 as Fifth Partner

James Corden Joins 'Late Late Show' Co-Producer Fulwell 73 as Fifth Partner

The host has been considered the growing U.K. production company’s unofficial partner for years. read more
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Nintendo Delays Animal Crossing Mobile Release Date

Nintendo Delays Animal Crossing Mobile Release Date

Nintendo’s fourth smartphone game, Animal Crossing, has been delayed until the next financial year. A new release date window has been pencilled in for some time between April 2017 and March 2018. Originally due to launch last year, this marks the second delay for Animal Crossing’s mobile entry after it was put on ice and scheduled to release before the end of next month. Instead, the free-to-play game has been pushed back once more so that Nintendo can focus on the Android launch of Super Mario Run in March, as well as the release of Fire Emblem Heroes on 2 February. Continue reading…
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Berlin Film Festival Adds Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diego Luna to Jury

Berlin Film Festival Adds Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diego Luna to Jury

Completing this year’s jury are German actress Julia Jentsch and Chinese director Wang Quan’an are also among those who join jury president Paul Verhoeven to judge this year’s Berlin competition lineup.read more
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Fire Emblem Heroes Isn’t a Mobile Knock-Off

Fire Emblem Heroes Isn’t a Mobile Knock-Off

Fire Emblem Heroes feels like the ultimate crossover comic book for a Nintendo universe full of heroes and villains. And it could not have come at a better time for the long-running, turn-based strategy series. After years of niche status, Fire Emblem is in the middle of a renaissance since 2013’s successful FE Awakening on Nintendo 3DS. The new free-to-play mobile game appears to be a faithful experience, but one that uses random selection mechanics, called Gacha, as motivation for players to build an unstoppable FE dream team. The mobile debut of Fire Emblem uses the same tried-and-true battle language of the series, but it makes a few changes too. Hardcore fans will recognize the familiar weapon triangle, a series mainstay that uses a rock, paper, scissors system to determine which weapons dominate in an engagement (sword are strong against axes, axes beat spears, and spears get a damage boost versus swords). It’s an elegant system that can always be found at the lower right of the screen. Every skirmish takes place on a single screen map, so you can position your troops and attack using a single hand while you’re riding the bus or train. The smaller battlefields appear much simpler at first than the larger ones we’ve seen on the 3DS, but they feel engineered for quicker turn-based matches on the go. Continue reading…
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Critic's Notebook: MTV Should Renew Rape Vigilante Series 'Sweet/Vicious,' the Best Show You've Never Heard of

Critic's Notebook: MTV Should Renew Rape Vigilante Series 'Sweet/Vicious,' the Best Show You've Never Heard of

MTV’s winter drama is like ‘Arrow’ meets ‘Greek’ and if people watch, many of them will like it.read more
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