So I've been a busy bee with my Raspberry Pi. Today, I successfully set up the GPIO and used it with a PIR and an LED. Trivial and simple stuff, but coming from the Arduino IDE (where most everything is spelled out for you) to the Python platform, I've got to learn a little bit more.
I started off by navigating to one of my favorite places for tutorials, www.ladyada.net, where there is a slew of tutorials (and not just for the Pi!), and followed along with her PIR tutorial. Afterwards, I adapted the code to turn on an LED if the PIR senses motion, and turn off the LED when the PIR does not sense motion. After a couple of issues (indentation and spelling errors ) all was well!
Side note, I also got to use my own personal Pi Cobbler (inspired by LadyAda's Pi Cobbler). It's a little messy, as I'm not the best with a soldering iron, but it got the job done. I do, however, plan to purchase an official Cobbler, but for now, this will do.
Comments and critiques and questions are most welcome! (As are suggestions for other fun beginner projects!)