I haven't programmed either but I bought a Raspberry Pi and I like both. I'm not trying to point you in either direction but I want you to make your own decision. You can base your decision based on your skill level, hardware properties of each board and number of users involved in each board's community. If you are talking about using it in electronics, $35 dollars is a lot easier to replace than $89 dollars and you can buy more boards at $35/$40 dollars.
The Raspberry Pi has a magazine and forums whereas the Beaglebone seems to be for experienced users.
The Raspberry Pi seems to have good numbers of people involved in their product.
You might be able to get other languages like BASIC for the Raspberry Pi but both platforms (Raspberry and Beaglebone) use Linux. There is a video on how to setup Linux using virtualbox for the Raspberry Pi or you can buy an SD card with the operating system on it.
If you are worried about it, download some of the free issues of the Mag Pi for the Raspberry Pi and see if it is at your skill level or comfort level.
I'm still waiting for my order to come in so I can use my Raspberry Pi. There are still shortages on accessories unless you possibly get one of those bundles with everything in them.
Ti doesn't support the Beaglebone which is odd because their chips are in it. Some of the chips have very long datsheets. The chip in the Beagleboard is 2,500 pages or more to go through. It all depends on how much free time you have on your hands.
Linux seems to be a program that you want to learn to program in because you can possibly get a job in it. Spin is a little more specialized or localized for only one brand of microprocessors. I think everyone should try to be fluent in more than one programming language because that is what can help you in your programming skills and being more marketable if you choose to work in your hobby area. Basically, you learn what the job market is using because they are the ones who would be paying you and you have to go from this to man size projects to impress but the Raspberry Pi could be a stepping stone.
gergtech wrote:Greetings All.
I'm starting a new project in the new year and would like to start using either a Beagle Bone or Raspberry Pi for the project, and would like opinions on which type I should purchase first.
My back ground is mostly as a NOOB? I have programmed with the Propeller and the the Basic Stamp, but have very little experience with C or Linux.
Cost has no bearing on the final decision.
The main factors I am considering are;
Specific books on the boards, (recommendations would be great)
Software examples/plugins similar to Parallax's OBEX exchange
Education opportunity's/mentors/forums which one would offer the most?
All opinions are appreciated