Programming the BBC micro:bit: Getting Started with MicroPython

by: Simon Monk


Abstract: Quickly write innovative programs for your micro:bit—no experience necessary! This easy-to-follow guide shows, step-by-step, how to quickly get started with programming and creating fun applications on your micro:bit. Written in the straightforward style that Dr. Simon Monk is famous for, Programming the BBC micro:bit: Getting Started with MicroPython begins with basic concepts and gradually progresses to more advanced techniques. You will discover how to use the micro:bit's built-in hardware, use the LED display, accept input from sensors, attach external electronics, and handle wireless communication. • Connect your micro:bit to a computer and start programming! • Learn how to use the two most popular MicroPython editors • Work with built-in functions and methods—and see how to write your own • Display text, images, and animations on the micro:bit's LED matrix • Process data from the accelerometer, compass, and touch sensor • Control external hardware by attaching it to the edge connector • Send and receive messages via the built-in radio module • Graphically build programs with the JavaScript Blocks Editor
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Title: Programming the BBC micro:bit: Getting Started with MicroPython

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Athens, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New Delhi, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto

Copyright / Pub. Date: 2018 McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9781260117585

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Simon Monk (Preston, UK) has a bachelor's degree in cybernetics and computer science and a Ph.D. in software engineering. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and since 2012 has divided his work life between writing books and designing products for the business he started with his wife (http://monkmakes.com), which manufactures hobby electronics kits and boards. You can find out more about Simon's books at http://simonmonk.org. You can also follow him on Twitter, where he is @simonmonk2.

Description: Quickly write innovative programs for your micro:bit—no experience necessary! This easy-to-follow guide shows, step-by-step, how to quickly get started with programming and creating fun applications on your micro:bit. Written in the straightforward style that Dr. Simon Monk is famous for, Programming the BBC micro:bit: Getting Started with MicroPython begins with basic concepts and gradually progresses to more advanced techniques. You will discover how to use the micro:bit's built-in hardware, use the LED display, accept input from sensors, attach external electronics, and handle wireless communication. • Connect your micro:bit to a computer and start programming! • Learn how to use the two most popular MicroPython editors • Work with built-in functions and methods—and see how to write your own • Display text, images, and animations on the micro:bit's LED matrix • Process data from the accelerometer, compass, and touch sensor • Control external hardware by attaching it to the edge connector • Send and receive messages via the built-in radio module • Graphically build programs with the JavaScript Blocks Editor