I didn’t like Python when I was first introduced to it a couple of years ago. Since that time I’ve learned that it is a great quick-n-dirty language that can be used to build an app or what we used to call a “hack”. The extent of its built-in features and the enormous amount of open source code makes it a natural do-it-yourself language.
Install Tool Chain or Installation Scripts
The first step is to install several tools to facilitate installation of Python modules.
sudo apt-get install -y python-pip git sudo apt-get install -y build-essential python-dev python-smbus sudo apt-get install -y i2c-tools
I like to use Flask so install the following for a basic environment.
sudo pip install flask sudo pip install requests sudo pip install flask-httpauth
My do-it-yourself home automation system uses MQTT for messaging. My Python apps subscribe and publish using the Paho implementation.
sudo pip install paho-mqtt
I like to use Adafruit’s I2C backpack for LED and OLED devices. Their libraries usually require the Python imaging module.
sudo apt-get -y install python-imaging python-pil
Add Adafruit libraries for the most common devices. I like to use the GPIO, LED backpack and OLED displays for almost every project. Upgrade pip to use setup wheel
sudo python -m pip install --upgrade pip setuptools wheel
Start with the GPIO stuff.
git clone https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_Python_GPIO.git cd Adafruit_Python_GPIO sudo python setup.py install
Now install the LED backpack.