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Wrapping One's Brain Around the Arduino, Part 1

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Duane Benson
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Re: For amateurs?
Duane Benson   10/4/2013 11:49:06 AM
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AD - The structure for an Arduino program is a bit wierd, but the syntax is mostly like C. It has looser typing and doesn't require any kind of garbage collection. One of the biggest values to beginners is that it has a very thorough set of libraries. It also takes care of pretty much all of the chip configuration.

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B_Albing   10/4/2013 12:10:18 PM
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@Max - The young kids of today don't know how lucky they are -- you forgot to add, "Hey you kids, get out of my flower beds before I call the cops!"

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B_Albing   10/4/2013 12:12:17 PM
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@Max - don't use automated water guns -- we can use lasers - preferrably a CO2 laser. I'll get started on the design now.

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DrFPGA   10/4/2013 12:17:04 PM
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Max-

There are some dynomite kits for the Arduino that do let the beginner get up and running quickly. I got my son one of the mid range kits an he was making LEDs blick and playing notes on a speaker in just a few minutes! No soldering required either!

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rich.pell   10/4/2013 12:29:13 PM
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"...wait till I get my Arduino-powered robot up and running"

Speaking of which, you may want to check out the Arduino Robot video tutorials that just became available, featuring Arduino creator Massimo Banzi.

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RichQ   10/4/2013 12:39:52 PM
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The original intent of the Arduino was to create a learning platform. Seems to have worked, lots of folks learning about MCU development with it. But it is the support ecosystem that grew up around the original Arduino that has captured the professional's attention. With the Arduino-compatible 32-bit, professional-grade development boards now coming out from MCU vendors, that support base is increasingly tempting for creating prototypes and proof of concept designs for commercial applications.

THe Arduino itself may be for amateurs (or students) but Arduino compatibles are finding their way into the professional's toolkit.

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Re: For amateurs?
Garcia-Lasheras   10/4/2013 12:49:53 PM
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@Max: "In the case of someone who works with microcontrollers all the time, the Arduino is a bit simplistic"

The first time I heard about Arduino, I took a look to the programming language and IDE and I thought that it was cool for non-EE guys, but not for me...

Now, the huge number of compatible shields available had changed my mind. If you are a MCU hacker, you can purchase a bunch of interesting and cheap hardware an build a project without using the Arduino language -- i.e. if you are an AVR lover as I'm, you can squeeze all the power of the Arduino Uno by using AVR Studio ;-)

 

 

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Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 12:53:25 PM
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@antedeluvian: In a previous e-converstaion we had, you had said the programming language was "C-like". How like? C is not a particularily easy language for even for technical people (or at least me) to start using.

I'm going to "punt" my answer to this question to my follow-up blog (I just didn't want you to think that I was ignoring you :-)

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Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 12:55:10 PM
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@Clabe: After the recent post about engineers who can't solder...

My 3D LED cube had over 400 solder joints (I'll be talking about this in a futture blog) and it worked first time ... I'm so glad I know how to solder LOL

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Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 12:56:50 PM
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@Duane: Recently, though, a number of 32 bit Arduino compatible boards have been released....

And the great thing is that any programs you've written for the 8-bit boards will compile down to the 32-bit boards without any problems -- all you have to do is tell the compiler which board you are connected to...

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