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Raspberry External Function Library

In previous lessons, we defined and used functions in the program But if we want to rewrite a new program, all the functions and variables we defined will disappear.

Python provides a solution to this problem by storing these programs that define functions or variables in specific files. When we want to use these definitions, we only need to use “import" at the beginning of the program to refer to this file, just like we do for a library file.

In short, a library file is a file that contains all the functions and variables you define, with the extension “.py". Library files can be imported by other programs to use the functions in the library files.

For Python, libraries are generally divided into two categories. One is the standard library of python, which contains many function libraries commonly used in project development. In previous lessons, the machine library and utime library we used are all the standard libraries of Python.

Another category is the third-party library developed by Python users. Thanks to the growth of the Python community, you can find many very helpful function libraries when using Python to complete projects.

For standard libraries, we don't need to do extra work when using them. We can simply refer to them directly in the program. For third-party libraries, however, we need to save library files onto the Pico before using them.

For example, in this lesson, if we want to use a third-party library to control the Grove - 16 x 2 LCD, we need to save it to Pico first.

1. Click to download the third-party library file (7kB) we want to use, and save it to the computer.

2. Connect Pico to the computer, use Thonny to open the file, click on the “file" option at the top left, and select “save as".

When saving, Thonny asks you to name the file. Here we type “" as its name. Note that we also need to type the extension of the file, otherwise it cannot be used.


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