dehein2
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:25 pm

Starting New

Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:20 pm

Hi,
my name is Dennis and i want to start programming again. I used C++ und java a little bit about 10 years ago, but i really forgot almost everything. I have basic Unix skills and good general "computer knowledge". I'm absolutely new to electronics itself but i'm fascinated by the raspberry pi.
I just ordered one but i'm not entirely sure what to do next. First i want to play around a bit, freshing up my unix skills and later i want to use it to learn how to program. I'm especially interested in learning how to program and use external things (Motor, Sensors.... robot stuff ;) ).

So i was wondering how best to get started. From what i read the GPIO is kind of risky to use because its absolutely unprotected. Is the Gertboard sth. i should look for (i thinks its not order-able atm). I don't know anything about circuits e.g. yet... so that's another thing to learn about.

Can someone help me to find the right way to get started in a fun way? ;) What can i get apart from the rbpi to get startet?

Thanks alot
Dennis

bredman
Posts: 1415
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:38 pm

Re: Starting New

Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:59 pm

You will find a lot of useful information and ideas in the free MagPi magazine.
www.themagpi.com

W. H. Heydt
Posts: 11693
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:36 pm
Location: Vallejo, CA (US)

Re: Starting New

Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:01 pm

From the News section of this website...look up and read the MagPi magazine as a first step.

User avatar
fdion
Posts: 307
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:33 pm
Location: North Carolina, USA
Contact: Website

Re: Starting New

Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:18 am

Look for a local club / jam / hackerspace / user group etc. Python user groups also are very into the raspberry pi.

Where are you located?

François
Francois
http://raspberry-python.blogspot.com - http://www.3dFutureTech.info - @f_dion

dehein2
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:25 pm

Re: Starting New

Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:43 am

ok, what programming language makes most sense for the pi? Python?

I'm located in germany.

pjc123
Posts: 913
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:37 pm
Contact: Website

Re: Starting New

Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:36 am

dehein2 wrote:ok, what programming language makes most sense for the pi? Python?

I'm located in germany.
That is really a user's preference; there are libraries written for the pi in a couple of languages. Like yourself, I was programming using C language for work, but that was 15 years ago. So I brushed up a little bit and picked the following library which is based on C, and it works very well:

http://www.open.com.au/mikem/bcm2835/index.html

Here is another popular C library:

https://projects.drogon.net/raspberry-pi/wiringpi/
My Raspberry Pi Project Page:
https://www.flaminghellmet.com/launch/

dehein2
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:25 pm

Re: Starting New

Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:36 pm

thanks, i'll have a look into it

ITz Life NL
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Re: Starting New

Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:18 pm

first of really make sure youve got bare essentials like power sd card then you want to goto download section and get raspberryian wheezy and burn it to your sd card and put it in your pi boot your pi up enter user and pass and there are lots of other things you can do in that command box just search on youtube and there is tons of other stuff you can find.but enter user and pass thats under the name on the website and type startx or soming i dont remember to much and you can use scratch and intenet if you plug in ethernet but it can be slow and if you want to make it look cool i suggest you get the pibow fan case there really cool well hope you enjoy :ugeek:

ITz Life NL
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Re: Starting New

Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:20 pm

this guys blog might help you really well aswell http://andrum99.blogspot.co.uk/ it looks good from a glance

dehein2
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:25 pm

Re: Starting New

Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:24 pm

yes, i already got my rpi up and running... quite amazing the little thing ;) even USB Wifi works like a charm. I might look into some python programming now and i'm really looking forward to get a gertboard, but there seems to be a problem with Farnell atm ;(

Return to “General discussion”