Once ArmPit Scheme was in place and running, and manipulating the onboard LEDs, it was time to grab some components, wires, and a breadboard and get hacking.

The wiring

My first project was simple: blink an external LED. Unlike Arduino boards, the Disco board has male pin headers, not female. This means that you can’t just use the usual wire jumpers to hook to it. You need a female end. The usual hardware hacking supply shops carry jumper wires in male-male, male-female, and female-female varieties. Make-female would have been ideal for connecting to a bredboard, bit I just have male-male and female-female.

female-female jumpers

Fortunately, I also have some long pin header strips that are great for connecting these jumpers to a breadboard.

The circuit

Connecting a LED is, as mentioned above, simple. One resister connected to a GPIO pin (I used PD10) then a LED connected from the other end of the LED to ground. Be sure to get the LED right way round or it won’t light… being a diode and all.

The code

First some utility constants and functions

(define pin-mode-out 1)

(define (toggle port pin)
  ((if (pin-set? port pin) pin-clear pin-set) port pin))

(define (take-time n)
  (if (> n 0)
      (begin (* 3 5 7)
             (take-time (- n 1)))))

And the main function which toggles PD10 and waits a bit before looping. I added a count to it would do this 10 times and exit.

(define (blink)
  (let ((port giod)
        (pin 10))
    (config-pin port pin pin-mode-out)
    (let loop ((c 10))
      (toggle port pin)
      (take-time 100000)
      (if (zero? c)
          (loop (- c 1))))))

Code is available on Bitbucket.