Proton+ and PICBASIC Pro

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Any suggestions on which of these would be best value to start with as a newcomer? I have just bought some books on robotics which use PICBASIC Pro code. I don't yet have a BASIC compiler. I belive that Proton+ has many more features than PICBASIC Pro.Would it be easy to use Proton+ and port the code? I believe the syntax and functionality are very similar?
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I don't know about the Proton+ but Microchip (maker of the Pic series of processors) post a free integrated development system called mpasm IDE, on their website. Details of a pic programmer costing only a few $/ to build can be found on the web. The snag is that programmes have to be written in assembler language although there are some high level languages that can be linked in. Since the Pic chips have only 31 or so mnemonics to remember, it's not so difficult. Just type Pic into your browser and browse.
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<DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff>Hi</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff>Any suggestions on which of these would be best value to start with as a newcomer? I have just bought some books on robotics which use PICBASIC Pro code. I don't yet have a BASIC compiler. I belive that Proton+ has many more features than PICBASIC Pro.Would it be easy to use Proton+ and port the code? I believe the syntax and functionality are very similar?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff>Cheers</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff>Dale</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>
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