Raspberry Pi programmers get Code Exchange and Minecraft

Fans of the cheap computing platform now have a code exchange, complete with tutorials, as well as an official port of the popular Minecraft game. Meanwhile, a five-megapixel camera board is also on its way, and the results of a kids coding contest are out.
Written by David Meyer, Contributor

Element 14, one of the international distributors of Rasperry Pi kits, has started up a Code Exchange for people developing on the low-cost computing gear.

The Element 14 team announced the Code Exchange on Friday, calling it "a place where engineers can help each other solve coding problems, swap code, and increase their coding skill set".

The Code Exchange features Raspberry Pi tutorials from the Python Foundation, and gives people a place to upload their code or embed links to their GitHub repositories.

In other Raspberry Pi news, Minecraft company Mojang has successfully ported the popular game to the platform, and distributor RS Components has been showing off a five-megapixel camera board that is being tested out:

Coding kids

Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi Foundation also announced the results of its Summer Coding Contest for kids towards the end of last week.

The winner in the under-13 category was 12-year-old Aaron Hill, who came up with software called PySnap for time-lapse photography. The CLI-based application lets the user hook up a USB camera and set the intervals at which photos should be taken.

In the 14-18 category, the winning program was Ashley Newson's SmartSim, a package for designing and simulating circuits. Newson and Hill each won $1,000 (£627), while the runners-up each took home $200.

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