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David Ashton
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Re: PICAXE
David Ashton   10/21/2013 7:42:08 PM
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@flabruce - you're getting ahead of me here, I was aware of Logicator and was going to have a go at it but haven't got there yet.  It's diffciult to see how it could be easier than I have found it, but that's coming from a pre-knowledge of BASIC.  I hope Max will allow me enough space to get to Logicator....

Flabruce
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Re: PICAXE
Flabruce   10/21/2013 7:29:18 PM
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     The PicAxe has an associated program called LOGICATOR that makes understanding and programming much easier.  It allows  identification the PIC being programed . Once it is identified you are able to select the configration of the pins for that device as inputs or outputs.  Once these options are selected you can then graphically pick and place the procedures you need.    You can run the simulator using some of the attached view screens for input /outputs, LCD display , variables et. to debug your program.  When it's working on the simulator you can then download it to the PIC.   This program will also convert the flowchart to BASIC and they are usually as short or shorter than if you do it the long way.   It doesn't get much easier than this.

selinz
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Re: The Ashton-ator
selinz   10/21/2013 6:08:54 PM
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Well, I don't have to buy the stuff and I don't have to spend the time learning. I can simply read these articles! Thanks for allowing me to "read tinker."

David Ashton
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David Ashton   10/21/2013 3:52:33 PM
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Free Beer!  I'll be there!!!  Thanks guys, I hope I can make it and that we have time for enough that I can buy you one or two as well

Max The Magnificent
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Re: O good!
Max The Magnificent   10/21/2013 1:53:29 PM
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@David: I just remembered that it was a PICAXE I was using to drive that prototype in my The Awesome Art of Bodacious Breadboards blog.

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Brian Fuller2   10/21/2013 1:48:14 PM
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It IS my turn, and if that's the case, I will clear the decks for that gathering! 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: The Ashton-ator
Max The Magnificent   10/21/2013 1:11:45 PM
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@Brian: David is hoping to come to EE Live! 2014 -- March/April 2014 in Silicon Valley -- maybe we can all meet up (it's your turn to buy the beer :-)

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The Ashton-ator
Brian Fuller2   10/21/2013 1:02:49 PM
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Man is it good seeing more David Ashton on EE Times. Great post, David. I hope you're well Down Under.

David Ashton
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Re: PICAXE
David Ashton   10/20/2013 5:29:46 AM
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@adventures0 - sounds like you should have written this!   I have found before that writing blogs like this, and maybe having some fixed goals in mind project-wise, is a GREAT way to learn.  I am so impressed at the ease of use of the PICAXE and the wide range of sensors and peripherals which have purpose-made commands to simplify their use. It's going to be impossible to cover everything but I'm hoping to do a couple more blogs on them.   Any suggestions on topics that you think would be good to cover would be very welcome.

outdoors
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PICAXE
outdoors   10/20/2013 2:44:32 AM
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I have been using the PICAXE for about 7 months now and I love them.  They are great for simple applications.  I am mostly using them for ADC and I2C applications.

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