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Creative DIY Microcontroller Projects with TinyGo and WebAssembly

By : Tobias Theel
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Creative DIY Microcontroller Projects with TinyGo and WebAssembly

By: Tobias Theel

Overview of this book

While often considered a fast and compact programming language, Go usually creates large executables that are difficult to run on low-memory or low-powered devices such as microcontrollers or IoT. TinyGo is a new compiler that allows developers to compile their programs for such low-powered devices. As TinyGo supports all the standard features of the Go programming language, you won't have to tweak the code to fit on the microcontroller. This book is a hands-on guide packed full of interesting DIY projects that will show you how to build embedded applications. You will learn how to program sensors and work with microcontrollers such as Arduino UNO and Arduino Nano IoT 33. The chapters that follow will show you how to develop multiple real-world embedded projects using a variety of popular devices such as LEDs, 7-segment displays, and timers. Next, you will progress to build interactive prototypes such as a traffic lights system, touchless hand wash timer, and more. As you advance, you'll create an IoT prototype of a weather alert system and display those alerts on the TinyGo WASM dashboard. Finally, you will build a home automation project that displays stats on the TinyGo WASM dashboard. By the end of this microcontroller book, you will be equipped with the skills you need to build real-world embedded projects using the power of TinyGo.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Introducing Wasm

Let's find out what Wasm is. The WebAssembly home page states the following:

"WebAssembly (abbreviated Wasm) is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine. Wasm is designed as a portable compilation target for programming languages, enabling deployment on the web for client and server applications."


In other words, we can write code in any language and compile it to the Wasm binary format, which can then be executed by the browser. That makes Wasm extremely valuable, as we can create client applications using languages other than JavaScript.

A great advantage of Wasm compared to JavaScript is that it aims to execute at native speed, and as it runs in a sandboxed environment inside the browser it can be considered as relatively safe. Luckily, TinyGo does support Wasm as a compilation target, so we can make use of the incredibly small binary sizes that TinyGo produces, which will significantly...