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Adafruit is working on an open source derivative of MicroPython for use on educational development boards designed and sold by Adafruit including the Arduino Zero, Adafruit Feather M0 Basic, Adafruit Feather HUZZAH and Adafruit Feather M0 Bluefruit LE. As a MicroPython derivative, this implements Python 3.x on microcontrollers such as the SAMD21 and ESP8266.

MicroPython is a tiny open-source Python programming language interpreter that runs on microcontroller, originally written by Damien George (http://micropython.org/). With MicroPython you can write clean and simple Python code to control hardware instead of having to use complex low-level languages like C or C++ (what Arduino uses for programming). Its great for beginners!

The simplicity of the Python programming language makes MicroPython an excellent choice for beginners who are new to programming and hardware. However MicroPython is also quite full-featured and supports all of Python’s syntax (Python version 3.4) and implements a small subset of the Python standard library so even seasoned Python veterans will find MicroPython familiar and fun to use.

Visit the MicroPython section of our Learn Guide to learn more about using this awesome coding language!

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