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Python is one of the most versatile programming languages in the world. With Python, you can control electronics, build web applications and perform machine learning.

In this page, you can find articles on Python references, coding and application setup.

How to read temperature and humidity from a DHT11 sensor that is connected to a Raspberry Pi 3

I had always wanted to measure the temperature and humidity of the environment where my herbs are grown at.

Since I had a few pieces of Raspberry Pi 3 lying around the house, I decided to use one of them to measure the temperature and humidity of the area of the house where my herbs are.

An additional sensor is required to measure the temperature and humidity of the environment. Therefore, I went to AliExpress and got a DHT11 sensor. By connecting a DHT11 sensor to my Raspberry Pi 3, I can give it the ability to read the temperature and humidity of its environment.

Given these points, I created this post to show how to read temperature and humidity from a DHT11 sensor that is connected to a Raspberry Pi 3.

In order for us to check the temperature and humidity from the DHT11 sensor, we will build a simple Flask application that returns the temperature and humidity values as HTTP responses to HTTP clients.

Building a Raspberry Pi 3 prototype camera that takes a picture at the press of a button

A fun way to test your Raspberry Pi Camera on your Raspberry Pi 3 is to build a prototype that takes a picture at the press of a button. Through such an activity, we will be able to experience:

  • connecting a button to the GPIO ports on a Raspberry Pi.
  • setting up a camera through the CSI interface of a Raspberry Pi.
  • preparing an operating system, such as Raspbian Stretch Lite , for running Raspberry Pi projects.
  • coding a Python 3 script that interacts with the GPIO port and camera on a Raspberry Pi.
  • running a Python 3 script when Raspberry Pi powers on.

Given these points, this post shows how you can build a Raspberry Pi 3 prototype camera that takes a picture at the press of a button.

How to use Python 3 Pillow on Raspbian Stretch Lite to compress your jpeg image

When you are building a Raspberry Pi camera project, you may want to compress the images captured from the camera to reduce the time to upload your image to a server endpoint. Moreover, when you connect your Raspberry Pi to your iPhone Personal WiFi hotspot, you will want to incur minimal mobile bandwidth charges from demonstrating your Raspberry Pi project in your class.

You may have either:

In this case, you will have the option to use Pillow, a fork of Python Imaging Library, to compress your jpeg image.

How to upload a file and some data through HTTP multipart in Python 3 using the requests library

Undeniably, the HTTP protocol had become the dominant communication protocol between computers.

For example, when we want to upload a file and some data from to a HTTP server, we do so through a HTTP multipart request.

So how can we do that in Python? In Python 3, we can use the services of the requests library to help us construct HTTP multipart request easily.

In case you need it, this is how to upload a file and some data through HTTP multipart in Python 3 using the requests library.

How to setup Python Imaging Library, Pillow, on Raspbian Stretch Lite for processing images on your Raspberry Pi

When you are building a Raspberry Pi project that deals with images, the Python Imaging Library, Pillow can be very useful. For example, if you connect a camera to your Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 and took a picture, you may want to resize the picture before sending it to a server endpoint.

In case you have trouble setting up Pillow on Raspbian Stretch Lite, this post is for your reference.

Programming languages that you can use to build applications for Raspberry Pi, via Raspbian Stretch Lite

A programming language give programmers an interface to create computer applications to serve different use cases. On the other hand, a Raspberry Pi is one of the things that a programmer should consider getting.

Raspbian Stretch Lite is the official operating system for programmers to run server applications on a Raspberry Pi. You can use Raspbian Stretch Lite for applications that do not require a graphical user interface.

So what programming languages can you use for building applications for Raspbian Stretch Lite?

This post discusses some programming languages that you can use for building applications for Raspbian Stretch Lite.

How to setup Jupyter Notebook on Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Stretch Lite, Supervisor and Virtualenv to run Python 3 codes

By taking Andrew Ng’s Deep Learning Coursera course, you can get a better understanding of deep learning. In addition, you will also get many Jupyter Notebook documents that you can reference to build models that can solve interesting problems.

In order to readily access these documents, you may want to setup Jupyter Notebook on a single board computer like the Raspberry Pi 3. With this in mind, this post shows how you can setup Jupyter Notebook on Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Stretch Lite, Supervisor and Virtualenv to run Python 3 codes.

How to setup Taiga project management platform on Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Stretch Lite

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A project management platform is useful for us to keep tabs on what we want to build. Taiga is a popular open source project management platform that is highly recommended by opensource.com to be the top open source alternative to Trello.

Taiga runs well on a Raspberry Pi 3. If you want to setup something at home to help you manage the projects that you are working on, you can consider setting up the Taiga project management platform on a Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Stretch Lite as the base operating system.

This post is adapted from Taiga’s installation guide to serve as a guide to setting up Taiga project management platform on Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Stretch Lite.