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Golioth Zephyr RTOS Training – Now Available Anytime, Anywhere

By February 15, 2024No Comments

Written by Mike Szczys, Developer Relations Engineer at Golioth and Zephyr RTOS Ambassador

A version of this article originally ran on the Golioth website. For more content like this, click here.

For more than a year, Golioth has hosted free Zephyr RTOS training. We’re going to keep doing the training – but now – you can learn from our Zephyr course anytime, anywhere using Codespaces.

Zephyr tools in your browser; code on your device

The Golioth Zephyr training is offered live via the video chat every month. We supply tools to everyone who participates, just bring your own dev board to run the code examples on.

The training documentation we use has always been publicly available, but this month we’ve started using Codespaces to host the build environment tools. Now it’s available to everyone, even outside of our synchronous training sessions.

Head over to our code repository now, and choose the Codespaces tab from the big green <> Code button in the middle of the screen. Launch your pre-configured development environment by clicking the Create codespace on main button.

Launch Codespaces from the Goilioth Zephyr-Training GitHub repository

Around 90-seconds after clicking that button, an instance of VS Code will open in your browser. It already includes the training code repository, but also has the Zephyr tree (all the code from the open-source operating system) and the compiling tools needed to build the code are pre-installed!

Golioth Zephyr Training inside of Codespaces

Follow our Zephyr Training document site to walk through how to use this tool with the training material. Because you are building in the cloud, but running the code on your local development board, there is a download-and-flash step necessary, but we’ll guide you through it.

For individuals, using Codespaces is free with a few generous monthly limits (at time of writing these that’s 15 GB storage a 120 core hours).

Now it’s your turn!

Our training code is built to run on either the nRF9160-DK or the nRF7002-DK (one codebase, two boards thanks to Zephyr). Grab one of those boards and make your way through the modules of the training site.

  1. Start with the Intro to Golioth course
    1. You’ll flash a pre-compiled binary, save your credentials to the device, then try out the IoT feature built on top of Zephyr RTOS
    2. Code for this first sample is available to learn from
  2. Move on to the Zephyr Training course
    1. Start with an overview of the major components of the Zephyr ecosystem
    2. Move on to build your own binaries from source using Codespaces
    3. You’ll go from Hello World, to defining your own hardware components and using the RTOS threads and timers to control them

Of course it’s more fun to take on the challenge along with other people in the same boat. You’re more than welcome to join us for a free Zephyr training. Our next session is January 24th, and we’ll have another coming up in February 21 at 12 pm EDT / 9 am PDT. Sign up now!

Susan Remmert