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David Ashton
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PICAXEs
David Ashton   9/11/2013 8:46:17 PM
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@Max....  I had just ordered a Picaxe Dev kit which was on special when I came to this column and read... "The PICAXE was a lot of fun, but it's too low-level for what I need."

"What have I done!!??" I thought, but compared to you I am a rank beginner in uC stuff, and I did a lot of BASIC programming some years ago, so the answer is probably "The right thing".  Especially if it's fun.

How different is the PICAXE Basic from the old GWBasic or QBasic on PCs?  Obviously there will be more port and bit handling commands, but apart from that?

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Re: Love it
antedeluvian   9/12/2013 8:56:25 AM
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Max

I like the idea of buzzing the neighbors at night with interesting flashing LEDs :-)

I hope you don't live anywhere near Dear Trail, Colorado

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zeeglen   9/12/2013 11:02:30 AM
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Project Idea:  Use the 4 x 4 x 4 LED cube for a 3D Tic-Tac-Toe game - human against the Arduino

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 12:05:06 PM
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@David: "What have I done!!??" I thought...

Don;t worry -- the PICAXE is a great thing, and it's BASIC is easy-peasy to pick up -- you will have a lot of fun. The reason I prefer the Ardiuno is that you can do more sophirsticated stuff easier in C/C++ -- also the fact that you can get 8-bit and 32-bit Arduinos -- also the concept of the Wings that plug into the main Arduino board -- and th ebig thing is that the Arduino stuff ties into that robotic vision and nanocopter stuff


But for just messing around with your own projects, I think you will love the PICAXE

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 12:06:05 PM
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@Antedeluvian: I hope you don't live anywhere near Dear Trail, Colorado...

Now I need to equip my drones with lasers :-)

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 12:07:01 PM
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@zeeglen: Project Idea:  Use the 4 x 4 x 4 LED cube for a 3D Tic-Tac-Toe game - human against the Arduino


Ooh -- that's a good idea!!!

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Re: PICAXEs
antedeluvian   9/12/2013 1:03:42 PM
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Max

The reason I prefer the Ardiuno is that you can do more sophirsticated stuff easier in C/C++ --

As I recall Arduino does not work in C, but has its own language and IDE.

Nobody says you have to use the Arduino environment- you could use the Atmel development environment and then work with C. And others make products that are Arduino Shield compatible, the the Pioneer (Cypress PSoC4).

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 1:11:43 PM
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@antedelivian: As I recall Arduino does not work in C, but has its own language and IDE.

Well, it's C-esq :-)

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Arudino + more leds
Ianharris   9/13/2013 11:05:18 AM
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We have some free tutorials for using the Arudino with LED alphanumeric displays and LED matrix displays that you might find useful.

Ian.

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Re: Arudino + more leds
Max The Magnificent   9/13/2013 11:10:44 AM
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@IanHarris: We have some tutorials for using the Arudino with LED alphanumeric displays and LED matrix displays that you might find useful.

WONDERFUL -- thanks for sharing -- I will take a look as soon as I get a free moment -- Max

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