BBC micro:bit Recipes

Learn Programming with Microsoft MakeCode Blocks

Authors: Seneviratne, Pradeeka

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  • Learn how to program the BBC micro:bit with MakeCode and easy-to-follow steps
  • Understand exact solutions for common programming problems
  • Use few hardware (and affordable) to build example projects
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About this book

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 authors

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].

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • MakeCode Setup Fundamentals

    Pages 1-28

    Seneviratne, Pradeeka

  • MakeCode Extended Features

    Pages 29-45

    Seneviratne, Pradeeka

  • MakeCode Programming Basics

    Pages 47-73

    Seneviratne, Pradeeka

  • Working with Text

    Pages 75-92

    Seneviratne, Pradeeka

  • Displaying Images

    Pages 93-116

    Seneviratne, Pradeeka

Buy this book

eBook £19.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-4913-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £24.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: August 23, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-4912-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
BBC micro:bit Recipes
Book Subtitle
Learn Programming with Microsoft MakeCode Blocks
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Pradeeka Seneviratne
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-4913-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-4913-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-4912-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 352
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 282 illustrations in colour
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