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nightly punda

An easy-to-use runtime for the BBC micro:bit, WIP

1 unstable release

Uses old Rust 2015

0.1.0 Mar 4, 2019

MIT license


punda: programming the micro:bit with Rust

Travis License

Punda provides a high level, easy to use interface for interacting with the BBC micro:bit, a small, handheld micro-controller designed for teaching and learning computer science, using the Rust Programming Language.

The intention of punda is to complement the other development environments already available for the micro:bit: the Javascript Blocks editor and MicroPython. Specifically, punda brings Rust's static typing, ergonomics, and functional constructs to the table. In addition to being useful for teaching programming to those unfamiliar, punda is also a good way to learn Rust: two equivalent micro:bit programs can be compared across Javascript, Blocks, Python, and Rust to highlight the similarities and differences between each.

For examples of using the punda crate, check the examples/ directory in this repository. With the correct development environment set up, any example can be run on the micro:bit with cargo run --example [name].

Under construction

Note that this crate's documentation, API, and entire design is still up for determination. As a hobby project, I don't have as much time to work on it as I wish I could.

Development dependencies

To develop applications using this library, the following tools must be installed:

  • rustup, Rust's toolchain manager
  • gdb-arm-none-eabi, a build of gdb compatible with the micro:bit
  • OpenOCD, a program to communicate with and flash the micro:bit

When the above tools are installed, perform the following setup to start a new binary crate (application) using easy_microbit.

First, install the nightly Rust toolchain.

> rustup install nightly-2018-09-27

Next, install the thumbv6m-none-eabi Rust target.

> rustup target add thumbv6m-none-eabi

Create a new Rust crate.

> cargo new --bin microbit_example


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