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Easy Pi Software Programming Language Recommendation Need? Answered

I have a 2011.12 Pi that I was able to Hello On a screen , mouse, keypad, load the appropriate Sandisk from the web. Tried some of the programs and put it away.

Now I have a dedicated application that will be running a stepper shield (orbit 4 bacteria tubes) stop every hour and use a 14 bit ADC to measure growth rate by red LED reflection, storing / sending results 24/7 for a month at a time..

I don't do well with 'C' and hate graphic programming.  Machine or compiled Real Basic is my forte.
What would you recommend for me please ?

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rickharris
rickharris

Best Answer 5 years ago

Python is quite basic like in many ways with lots of tutorials out there. i didn't find it a problem to use to do reasonably simple tasks, Didn't spend enough time on it to get proficient.

In all honestly i would look at the Picaxe to do that sort of thing It is really easy to program and interface and very cheap.

Will do 10 bit ADC.. May not be enough.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Lets-Program-a-PIC...

https://www.instructables.com/id/Reading-Sensors-Wi...

Motor control instructable will be a couple of days awaiting some chips.

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iceng
iceng

Answer 5 years ago

Thanks, you are correct, this could be easily done with a Picaxe or Stamp which could later be embedded in a $6 unit as straight ML Hex code.

The ADC will be a careful add on (at least the stepper will be still during a measure).. The (overkill) Pi was pre-selected by the non-programming client some time ago.

Consulting is almost always an interesting challenge... "Accuracy is futile, you will be approximated" even in an integer math cpu :)

Your not kidding (lots of tutorials out there) even a 'Learn Python The Hard Way' LoL....

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iceng
iceng

5 years ago

Some devices that do not need Python,

Thanks for the suggestions, Rick was first....

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iceng
iceng

Answer 5 years ago

I see a few of them here. . They do well in competition... Does Blokart steer right foot tuns left and left foot right ?...

Our federal government owns 85% of Nevada land.. This High playa has sailing winds only during our hot season.... One of our races was called "cow_to_cow" some local ranchers planted telephone poles cut to 15' and laid a dead cow carcass on nearly both ends of our huge playa oval for several years... I don't know why, but the poles are still there for racing,

BTW you may have noticed my first pic the Port & Starboard colors on my twin Manta :-).

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rickharris
rickharris

Answer 5 years ago

The blokart is hand steered. It takes a bit of getting used to. I am a dingy sailor by training and always felt as if i wanted to sit sideways and lean out!

I noticed the "running lights" :-) I used to have t colored wrist bands I wore in dingy races so I got it right.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

5 years ago

Learn Python, find a decent editor, because the stupid damned language is SPACE sensitive. I used Notepad++ for the Christmas Tree project, and with a browser tab preloaded with a language reference, was pleasantly surprised by the ease of adopting a new language.