DefinitelyBut the answer doesn't stop there. We've made available a RPi.GPIO replacement for testing Raspberry Pi GPIO code on non Raspberry Pi platforms. Meaning, your laptop.
|Your laptop will have a split personality|
How?It is a Python module that implements a setmode(), setup(), cleanup(), input(), output(), tracks 54 GPIO states and directions, broadcom and board modes, placeholders for the 4 set_*_event() functions, has some error handling. There is even a debug mode (gpio.debug = True).
Enough to not get an error trying the code for the workshop.
Head over to the Raspberry Pi Python Adventures blog for the full instructions (right here) on getting this from bitbucket.
Leave a comment, we'll gladly help.