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Top five reasons why Engineers should use Python (instead of Matlab / MathCAD / Excel)

Before getting into programming, I worked as a Mechanical Engineer in the steel and rail industry. Whilst a lot of engineering inevitably involves boring bits like finance and project management, we do spend a fair amount of time doing mathematical… Continue reading →

Python: beginner to pro in five steps – 1. Documentation

A friend of mine (another Andy!) started playing with Raspberry Pis about a year or so ago, and has set up his own code club to teach local kids. I’ve seen his videos of programmable robotic arms which looked very… Continue reading →

Responding to a Chargify webhook with a python-flask API

It’s cool to be able to interact with publicly available API’s so you can grab weather reports, live travel updates or access your twitter feed. But even better, it’s actually pretty straightforward to create your own API using python and… Continue reading →

Batch rename of filenames in Python

Well it’s Christmas Eve, and I had some free time so I wanted to try out a mini programming project that would be useful. It’s been annoying me (very OCD…) for ages that my MagPi (Raspberry Pi magazine) downloads are… Continue reading →

Mac OSX El Capitan on Win 10 Virtualbox host

I was recently asked by a client to port a simple web-based javascript program to an iOS app. I was pretty keen to try my hand at something new, however I’ve got a big idealogical problem with Apple – mostly… Continue reading →

WordPress dashboard plugin

AndyPi hosts websites for a few clients, mostly using WordPress, since it is easy to set up for us and easy to operate for the end user. All of the functionality is provided by additional plugins, but we wanted to… Continue reading →

Easy remote access to your Raspberry Pi from Bash on Windows 10

Many people, myself included use a raspberry pi in headless mode, that is without a display of any kind, simply plugged into the local network and accessed from another computer on the same network. This way, we can use the… Continue reading →

Errors with sudo apt-get and pip install? Make sure your system time is correct!

Yesterday I started on a new raspberry pi project, and as usual, I burned a fresh version of the latest Raspbian Jessie to my SD card. I usually do this so that when I write up some instructions I know… Continue reading →

What is a Webhook?

A Webhook is kind of the inverse of an web API. Whereas a web API responds to an HTTP request, a webhook makes an HTTP POST to an API endpoint in response to some event. Webhooks have started appearing as… Continue reading →

Weather Monitoring – Part 2 Air Quality sensing with Shinyei PPD42NS

Why measure air quality? For the second part of my Raspberry Pi weather monitor, I wanted to add an air quality sensor. Air quality is big news, not just in places like China and India but also in the UK,… Continue reading →

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