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Reading rainbow moment

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Excuse me, but I’m about to have a reading rainbow moment.

If you’ve ever wanted to program microcontrollers, or understand how embedded computers work, but didn’t know where to start, Tom Igoe’s book is the place for you.

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Here’s Tom Igoe’s website, a helpful article on choosing microcontrollers, and his course’s page (i’m not enrolled though, unfortuantely!

Its a fantastic book and I would recommend it for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.

Extremely well written, fun to read, and full of pointers.

I would also recommend it for any undergraduate electrical/computer engineers taking any sort of assembly language or hardware programming course. Definitely beneficial.

In the book he’s covering the PIC 18F452 (an 8-bit chip), and BASIC Stamp-like chips. He uses BASIC (Beginner’s All Purpose Instruction Code) to program the chips. Tom outlines the benefits of using a Stamp-like chip vs the PIC chips in the book quite clearly.

Anyhow, I was personally very interested in learning about using C to program a microcontroller.

So here are some notes on PIC (from randomly bouncing around the internet, mostly)

A bit about PIC microcontrollers