The basics of CircuitPython for rapid microcontroller-based prototyping and development
01 August 2019
While the Python language has made programming more accessible, it was designed to run on PCs and other machines with plenty of processing, memory, and peripheral resources.
For embedded systems that face tighter resource and interface constraints, an optimised version for microcontrollers, called MicroPython, has become popular. So much so that the open source community has been adapting MicroPython to specific microcontrollers and dev boards.
The reason for Python
The original Arduino dev board and its many successors have been very popular microcontroller dev boards for maker, hobby, and student projects, as well as for embedded prototypes. However, the Arduino IDE and programming language are based on C++, a powerful but complex compiled language with an odd-looking syntax and rigid punctuation rules.
Python is a newer programming language. It is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented language that combines programming power with a very clear syntax. It is known for its writability and readability, as well as for its simpler syntax. These characteristics combine to reduce the number of programming errors and make code reuse easier.
Read the full article in the August issue of DPA
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