It's a whole new world. But we've made it a bit easier with our WebIDE
. And you don't have to use the tiny screen for programming.
First of all, the Pi is an actual computer, not simply a microcontroller like an arduino. So you will start by installing a version of the Linux operating system. You load the operating system onto an SD flash card that plugs into the Pi. We have a tutorial for that
Since the Pi is a computer, you can connect keyboard, mouse, and display directly to the Pi, and use it just like any other computer.
You can also remotely operate the Pi from your regular computer. Instead of USB, you connect to the Pi over ethernet.
There are several options for using the Pi from your computer. The most common are:
- You can open a terminal window and control the Pi
via standard(-ish) Linux command-line operations.
- You can run a program known as a Virtual Network Computer (VNC)
on your computer. This allows you to use your regular computer keyboard, mouse, and monitor as if they were directly connected to the Pi.
- You can use Adafruit's WebIDE
, which connects to the Pi through a browser window on your computer (like Firefox), and shows you an IDE somewhat analogous to the Arduino IDE. The WebIDE is oriented around using python as a programming language, instead of the C/C++ programming language used on the Arduino.