sorry, pounded out 18f and didn't check, it's a 16f877a. the a version
has the samples, as opposed to the plain 877, there's 6 different types
with samples offered, various packages n stuff.
for the datasheets.
Using Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m2 /
Well i sent off for a free chip and when i got my confirmation on where it
was been shipped from it was been shipped from Thailand so i dont know how
much that is going to cost when it finally arrives, i just found out where
it was been shipped from today and i about died when i found out :(
I started with PIC's, but I switched to AVR's. The reason I switched is
because I prefer to program in BASIC instead of C (I really hate C).
BASCOM for the AVR is free with 2K program limit or under $70 for a full
version so it was cheaper than PICBASIC.
I like the AVR's and I think they will eventually surpass PIC's in
popularity, but PIC's are still excellent chips with a lot of support.
The PIC's have many things going for them. Myke Perdenko's book that I
had mentioned earlier in this thread, free samples, free C compilers (if
you like C), lots of people to ask for help here and in most robotics
Play with PIC's for awhile and then add an AVR to your Solarbotics order
and give it a try. It is always good to know more than one way to do
Start out with the PIC16F28, PIC16F27, or even the PIC16F84., and work your
1. GO here. This is a TOP site:
2. Get their test board - the EasyPIC ( or stuff I recommend on my site
3. Learn Assembly language first. Read through their free online book on
PICs and Assembly language ( my EE teacher has linked to it for his assembly
students - so must be good ), and also go to www.sq-1.com and get the book
Easy Microcontrol'n (if you like).
4. Learn some plain old C first (get Kernighan & Ritchie Second Edition -
THE C BOOK ). Find a free C compiler like at www.bloodshed.net , and learn
some basic C programming.
5 Download a free evaluation version of their C compiler and IDE for PICs:
6. You can try out the PIC C Lite later (it's pretty crappy, as it is very
limited in the type of PICs you can program, and there are limitations on
some of these as well)
Don't bother with C2C compiler, the author offers lousy support. The above
link has an excellent forum.
If you want to do PICs for fun as a hobby, program in any program u like.
If you plan to do it for a living FORGET BASIC - my teacher says it's NOT
used by engineers in the real world.
Keep in touch with the mikroelektronika crew - their C compiler is new (read
some bugs, etc), BUT it is very close to ANSI C, and it will get better with
time. Once again-they have a very good and helpful forum.
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