Microsoft recently introduced a new UWP app that allows users to program a Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry 3 or a Raspberry Pi Sense Hat from their browsers. Windows 10 IoT Core Blockly lets users create a program with interlocking blocks which can then control a Raspberry Pi mini-computer.
Microsoft took inspiration from four different projects when designing this new tool, including Google’s Blockly open source block editor, BBC’s micro:bit, and its own block editor.
Windows 10 IoT Core Blockly has a simple structure: the main app starts a web server which serves the Blockly editor page on port 8000. Users can access the Blockly editor by browsing to their Raspberry Pi <ip-address>:8000 from a browser. Microsoft also created custom blocks for specific Sense Hat functionalities which can be found under specific categories Basic, Input, LED, Images, Pin, and more.
Other features include:
For more information on how to set up IoT Core Blockly on your Raspberry Pi, check out Microsoft’s blog post.
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