BBC micro:bit Recipes: Learn Programming with Microsoft MakeCode Blocks

  • 2h 9m
  • Pradeeka Seneviratne
  • Apress
  • 2019

Build engaging programs for the BBC micro:bit using Microsoft's MakeCode web editor. Using this open source platform, you'll learn to program in an accessible way that easily translates into real-world programming.

BBC micro:bit Recipes is a practical guide with a problem-solving approach. It provides exact solutions for common application development problems for the micro:bit using MakeCode. You'll discover and apply techniques that can be used to build simple games with sprites, keep score, and control game play.

The micro:bit is a small programmable device that is a cross between a very small computer and a programmable embedded board. It is easy to program, extremely versatile, and designed with young learners in mind. In particular, it is designed to be easy for people who have never programmed before.

By the end of this book, you'll have the foundation to build programs with the Microsoft MakeCode editor and use and process data with built-in sensors, such as accelerometer, compass, temperature, touch, and light. You'll also see how to work with communication protocols, such as Serial, I2C, and SPI and how to use variables, loops, logic, arrays, math and functions to easily solve problems.

What You'll Learn

  • Display text, images, and animations on the micro:bit display
  • Connect external sensors and process data
  • Make and play music through speakers and headphones
  • Use Bluetooth service to communicate with Smartphones and tablets

Who This Book Is For

Those who are interested in learning to program the BBC micro:bit with Microsoft MakeCode. The difficulty level falls from beginner to intermediate level.

About the Author

Pradeeka Seneviratne is a software engineer with over 10 years of experience in computer programming and systems design. He is an expert in the development of Arduino and Raspberry Pi-based embedded systems and is currently a full-time embedded software engineer working with embedded systems and highly scalable technologies. Previously, Pradeeka worked as a software engineer for several IT infrastructure and technology servicing companies.

Pradeeka is an author of many books: Building Arduino PLCs [Apress], Internet of Things with Arduino Blueprints [Packt], Raspberry Pi 3 Projects for Java Programmers [Packt], Beginning BBC micro:bit [Apress], and Hands-on Internet of Things with Blynk [Packt].

In this Book

  • MakeCode Setup Fundamentals
  • MakeCode Extended Features
  • MakeCode Programming Basics
  • Working with Text
  • Displaying Images
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Loops and Logic
  • Using Mathematical Functions
  • Using Variables
  • Functions and Arrays
  • Playing Music
  • Using Sensors
  • Using Bluetooth Services
  • Using Radio
  • Building Simple Games