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Episode 75: Building With CircuitPython & Constraints of Python for Microcontrollers

The Real Python Podcast

Aug 27, 2021 1h 24m

Can you make a version of Python that fits within the memory constraints of a microcontroller and have it still feel like Python? That is the intention behind CircuitPython. This week on the show, we have Scott Shawcroft, who is the project lead for CircuitPython.

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We talk about all things CircuitPython. While working with the language on several projects I have developed many of my own questions to ask Scott. Scott answers my questions about boot loaders, packages, the bundle, and bluetooth low energy (BLE).

He also talks about the struggle of fitting the language and board specific libraries within tiny memory constraints. We discuss projects and boards for beginners, and many resources to learn more.

Topics:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:56 – Background With CircuitPython
  • 00:07:22 – Lightning talk and CircuitPython as a subset of Python
  • 00:16:01 – Working with CircuitPython: Bootloaders and Packages
  • 00:27:20 – Specific libraries, adding modules, and pip
  • 00:37:21 – Sponsor: Rev.ai
  • 00:37:57 – How to program, text editor or IDE
  • 00:41:19 – Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and programming devices remotely
  • 00:50:02 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:51:06 – Do you consider yourself a Maker?
  • 00:54:58 – Bringing CircuitPython coding to the Raspberry Pi?
  • 00:59:56 – Suggestions for beginner hardware
  • 01:00:55 – Suggestions for add-on boards for audio or displays
  • 01:10:20 – Electronics Show and Tell Wednesdays
  • 01:11:51 – Events, video streams, and Discord server
  • 01:16:00 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 01:17:23 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:18:42 – Shoutouts and plugs
  • 01:22:40 – Social media info
  • 01:23:52 – Thanks and goodbye

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