Navigating the environment
I hear this word ‘environment’ bounded around the office all the time. I decided to quiz my incredibly smart work colleague about exactly what an environment was. I thought I grasped it at first ‘it’s basically how you develop software for a given piece of hardware’. Seems straightforward enough. But then he began describing one operating system which houses one sort of development environment and the difference between Linux and Microsoft and I was lost.
So it was time to reach for my trusty micro:bit and begin to explore ‘environments’ with the pocket sized computer.
Top of the list of brightly coloured options is the word ‘Basic’ .That sounds promising. To the left of the screen is a simulation of whatever I create. I always find this supremely helpful! I’m an artist first and foremost and I’m used to being able to see results straight away!
Scrolling down to the block ‘show string’ I type in my name, attach it to the ‘on start’ block and hey presto the simulator runs the code. Seems I also have the option of attaching it to the ‘forever’ block too… not sure how I feel about my name scrolling across a display FOREVER but at least I know it’s an option!
Now to download it. So after a bit of confusion seems its best to treat the micro:bit like a memory stick or something similar. Drag and drop the file into the micro:bit in windows explorer. Done. Pretty pleased with this I must say!