Member Since: December 30, 2009

Country: United States

  • I consider myself living proof of the assumptions you make. I’m a complete newbie to microcontrollers, and the first reference I got from a friend was to use PICs. One month later, with his account, instead of PICs, I bought an Arduino from sparkfun.
    There aren’t many things about Arduinos, but they make a hell of a difference:
    - Editing code and watching it run literally in just 1 click.
    - Having a way to communicate back to the PC using the serial monitor.
    - Having lots of tutorials which work right out of the box.
    Microchip would do well to emulate it. They would do well also in providing a free (open source or not) C compiler which isn’t crippled, like the one they have now. … Hobbyists like myself don’t like paying 500$ for compilers.

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