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Raspberry Pi 3 Projects for Java Programmers

By : Rajdeep Chandra, John Sirach, Pradeeka Seneviratne
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Raspberry Pi 3 Projects for Java Programmers

By: Rajdeep Chandra, John Sirach, Pradeeka Seneviratne

Overview of this book

Raspberry Pi is a small, low cost and yet very powerful development platform. It is used to interact with attached electronics by the use of it's GPIO pins for multiple use cases, mainly Home Automation and Robotics. Our book is a project-based guide that will show you how to utilize the Raspberry Pi's GPIO with Java and how you can leverage this utilization with your knowledge of Java. You will start with installing and setting up the necessary hardware to create a seamless development platform. You will then straightaway start by building a project that will utilize light for presence detection. Next, you will program the application, capable of handling real time data using MQTT and utilize RPC to publish data to Further, you will build a wireless robot on top of the zuma chassis with the Raspberry Pi as the main controller. Lastly, you will end the book with advanced projects that will help you to create a multi-purpose IoT controller along with building a security camera that will perform image capture and recognize faces with the help of notifications. By the end of the book, you will be able to build your own real world usable projects not limited to Home Automation, IoT and/or Robotics utilizing logic, user and web interfaces.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)
Integrating a Real-Time IoT Dashboard

Our first remote Java application

Now that we have added a remote platform, we will be writing a very simple little Java application to check that it works and have the output from the application executed on the Raspberry Pi and output its information in the editor. We start with a simple Hello World Java application and run it on the Raspberry Pi. The following steps will be needed every time we start a new project.

Click File in the menu bar and click New Project. You will be presented with the New Project wizard, as shown in the following screenshot:

On the left side are the project categories. Here we click on Java, and on the right side we select the Java Application option and press Next to create a Java application. To be able to start with a Java application we need to enter some details so we can begin with our development. The following screenshot shows the details we need to enter to begin:

In this screen we give the project the name, HelloRaspberryPi, and browse to the local directory where we will be putting our project. Make sure you put no spaces in the name of the project! We supply a base path where this project is being placed. In my case, I will place my project in my home directory with the subdirector Raspi3JavaProjects. Other projects that we will be creating later on will also be placed in this directory. NetBeans will automatically create a directory based on the project name in this base directory. Click Finish and the project will be created.

On the left side we have our project structure tree where all our Java packages are, and on the left side we have the editor. This window will be our main projects screen throughout the book, as shown in the following screenshot. This window is the same on all platforms, such as Windows, Linux, and Mac:

Now that we have a new project, we will configure it to run on the remote Raspberry Pi platform. To do this we open the project properties by clicking on the project name in the left side of the window. This opens up a context menu where the bottom option is Properties. When clicked, it opens the Properties window, as shown in the following screenshot:

We click on the Run configuration in the left option tree. We now see the possible run options. We want to run our Java application on the Raspberry Pi, so we change the Runtime Platform to RASPI3JAVA remote or the name you have set in the remote platform configuration. We are asked to save this as a configuration, and we enter a name such as remote Raspberry Pi configuration. Press OK to save our run configuration.

Running our application on the Raspberry Pi

Now we are ready to write a line of code and have it run on a fully prepared Raspberry Pi with Java and a fully prepared NetBeans Java editor. We will change the main run function of our Java application to have it print out Hello from the Raspberry Pi!. Change the code in the main function so that we have what is shown in the following snippet:

* @param args the command line arguments
public static void main(String[] args) {
System.out.println("Hello from the Raspberry

For now, this is enough. This will print out the line stated previously. To run this on the Raspberry Pi we have three options. One is to click on the Run button in the button bar below the Menu bar; the second is to right-click on the project name and select Run from the context menu; and the third is to press F6. Pick the one easiest for you.

Now the application is compiling and will be executed on the Raspberry Pi. The output should look same as following screenshot:

This is one of the many reasons why NetBeans is my personal favorite editor. When we look at the output we can see NetBeans building the application and logging in to the remote platform, which in our case is the Raspberry Pi. When logged in it creates a directory called /home/pi/RASPI3JAVA/HelloRaspberryPi/dist. This is the directory the jar file is placed, so it can be executed on the Raspberry Pi. We can see this application being executed by the CLI command: cd '/home/pi/RASPI3JAVA//HelloRaspberryPi'; '/opt/java/jdk1.8.0_91//bin/java' -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -jar /home/pi/RASPI3JAVA//HelloRaspberryPi/dist/HelloRaspberryPi.jar

What this does is cd '/home/pi/RASPI3JAVA//HelloRaspberryPi', which makes sure the directory is the correct one. This is followed by the '/opt/java/jdk1.8.0_91//bin/java' -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -jar /home/pi/RASPI3JAVA//HelloRaspberryPi/dist/HelloRaspberryPi.jar command, which runs the Java executable with our jar file as input. All the directories we have created and the installed java version is used. Our result is shown with: Hello from the Raspberry Pi!. We can now start with our projects, well done!