tonyvr

Member Since: January 13, 2011

Country: United States

  • News - Does It Matter Which Brow… | about 5 months ago

    I use Firefox because I don’t trust Google, and because IE doesn’t work well with AdTrap.

  • News - November Caption Contest | about 5 months ago

    While Geppetto slept, the Sparkfun elves updated the RedBoards controlling the puppet factory.

  • News - Enginursday: I <3 Pyth… | about 6 months ago

    OH! One more hardware-related python tip – you can use python to play interactively with any hardware that has a serial port interface by downloading the pySerial add-on. It doesn’t come with the official python distribution.

    tonyv

  • News - Enginursday: I <3 Pyth… | about 6 months ago

    Thanks for article. I agree that python is just a WONDERFUL gift to humanity. It is completely free and open source, and can even be incorporated into commercial products.

    Since this is a hardware-oriented site, I thought I would also make a plug for SWIG, which is a free tool that can generate a python-compatible wrapper for existing C or C++ DLLs. C is the defacto standard for hardware control since it is lean and mean and close to the machine, so most OEM hardware components out there have a C or C++ interface DLL (or at least source code) for programmatic control. If you have the *.h file for this code, then you can use SWIG to automatically generate a python interface (or perl, or java, or c#, or many other languages), and then play with the hardware interactively!.

    Finally, if you DO need a GUI, rather than a command-line interface, try wxPython rather than using the ancient TK libraries that come with the python distribution – you will be very glad you did.

    tonyv

  • News - Promoting Science When th… | about 7 months ago

    Can a company get any better than Sparkfun? I love you people!

  • News - Enginursday - On Self Tau… | about 8 months ago

    Please add Charles Petzold’s ‘Code’ to your book list!. This is one of those marvelous ‘Roseta Stone’ books that should be in every library.

  • Custom Page - dumpster_dive | about 9 months ago

    Hey, no fair! I had one in my cart and when I tried to check out, the site crashed, and my shopping cart was emptied!!! Now they are all gone 8^(

  • News - Your June Caption Contest | about 11 months ago

    It’s round, it’s purple, and it tickles the taste buds – are you SURE this isn’t a RaspberryPi?

  • News - Your June Caption Contest | about 11 months ago

    My buddy adafruit and raved about how great they are, but this thing tastes more like a LilyPad. I think I’ll stick to RaspberryPi.

  • Product WRL-11713 | last year

    Be sure to pick up a heatsink for this at the same time – mine didn’t work reliably without one. It works great now, though.

No public wish lists :(