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Get Started with Raspberry Pi [ For js and python ]

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So how to get started. Raspberry Pi is a single board computer that you can use to do automation, smart systems, servers, and a lot more .So hop on to get started with some blinking led example.You need the following things now..

  • Raspberry Pi 1/2/3/4 A,B,..
  • SD card with NOOBS/ raspbian [ OS ]
  • Breadboard (optional)
  • Some LEDs
  • Resistor of 200ohm
  • Some wires to connect
  • A 5v power supply with usb micro [ > 2A]

It is advisable to use a high power mobile charger if you are using Rpi 3 or above

Basic Info

The raspberry pi is a single-board computer that you can definitely connect a mouse, keyboard and display with its on board connectors. But you can connect it to a ssh ( which I will talk about in another post) also. It has 26 or more GPIO pins (general pins for Input and Output ) to control external things using its signal. We can control the board using code written on it. The pi in the raspberry pi refers to the python language that it is initially intended to use with.But now there are libraries and packages for almost every language.

Get Started

If you are not at all unaware or uncomfortable with breadboard don't use it. We can do this without it

Physical Numbering

  1. Turn off the board if it is on. And connect the 7th pin on the board to the breadboard.
  2. Connect the 6th pin of RPi to another slot of breadboard. 3.Connect the LED's longer pin to the first slot connected and the shorter to the wire last connected.

Connection figure

After this boot up the raspberry pi, I would recommend using a mouse, keyboard and display ( but SSH is fine )

Start Coding

Try creating a folder for your own.

For python

Install RPi and python if not installed ( it would be already installed ).
Code for blinking LED.

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO # Import Raspberry Pi GPIO library
from time import sleep # Import the sleep function from the time module

GPIO.setwarnings(False) # Ignore warning for now
GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BOARD) # Use physical pin numbering
GPIO.setup(8, GPIO.OUT, initial=GPIO.LOW) # Set pin 8 to be an output pin and set initial value to low (off)

while True: # Run forever
 GPIO.output(7, GPIO.HIGH) # Turn on
 sleep(1) # Sleep for 1 second
 GPIO.output(7, GPIO.LOW) # Turn off
 sleep(1) # Sleep for 1 second

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Save the file as
Now open terminal ( use CTRL + ALT + T ) and type the command cd yourfoldername. Use your folder name instead of the placeholder in the command. After that type the command python See your LED blinking. If it is not, check your connections after shutting down.

For Javascript

Open terminal Using CTRL + ALT + T, and use the command cd yourfoldername in terminal. After that use the command nano main.js, a text editor will open up. Use CTRL + X and type Y is prompted. After that you will be back in terminal. Type the command npm init, it will prompt you to type name and other things. Just hit enter for everything, and after that use the command npm i onoff --save. Now type again nano main.js and use the following code.

var Gpio = require('onoff').Gpio; //include onoff to interact with the GPIO
var LED = new Gpio(4, 'out'); //use GPIO pin 4, and specify that it is output, the 4 here is the 7 in the physical pin
var blinkInterval = setInterval(blinkLED, 250); //run the blinkLED function every 250ms

function blinkLED() { //function to start blinking
  if (LED.readSync() === 0) { //check the pin state, if the state is 0 (or off)
    LED.writeSync(1); //set pin state to 1 (turn LED on)
  } else {
    LED.writeSync(0); //set pin state to 0 (turn LED off)

function endBlink() { //function to stop blinking
  clearInterval(blinkInterval); // Stop blink intervals
  LED.writeSync(0); // Turn LED off
  LED.unexport(); // Unexport GPIO to free resources

setTimeout(endBlink, 5000); //stop blinking after 5 seconds
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After that CTRL + X and press Y, now type npm start or node main.js, now you can see the LED blinking.If it is not, check your connections after shutting down.

So what are you waiting, get started now. Comment your views.
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