[time-nuts] Good (cheap) PIC chip choice for project?
djl at montana.com
Sun May 26 01:10:27 EDT 2013
I'm surprised not to have seen the picaxe(s) mentioned. cheap enough,
easily programmed, large amount of re-useable code chunks, etc. Not for
production, but good enough for a few-off or individual projects,
cheaper than Arduinos...
Of course, I like New Micros. expensive (relatively) but directly
programmable in Forth <G> BTW, an Arduino can be converted to Forth as
johncroos at aol.com
> Nice topic. I learned at bit. One source of info on the PIC is a course
> book and
> programming kit, programmer, prototype board and components set up by
> the ARRL.
> You get all the stuff you need to get going. Software and a integrated
> development environment is provided. All in one package. They also have
> a couple of new courses on the Raspberry PI and the Arduino.
> I got into the PIC course last summer, read the extensive course book
> and learned to program the things. Made lights blink - also made LCD say
> "Hi Hottie" to my wife.
> My only comments -
> 1. Nice course for a beginner - my roots are old and in BASIC and
> FORTRAN Still used today, on junker laptops. So it was fun go fool with
> assembly for while.
> 2. My impression is that the PICs are powerful if you do a lot with one,
> but there is a lot of work involved to get up the learning curve.
> 3. My conclusion is that my next venture - should it occur will be with
> an integrated product that I can program in high level, with good input
> and some display capability, because I just want to get on with the
> project, but then I am not making a production device.
> Others comments re the more complex boards appreciated and noted for
> future reference.
> -73 john k6iql
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