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  • When I started getting into micros a few years ago, I couldn’t have identified a line of C if you had hit me over the head with it. I tried hard to find a concise, readable guide to Arduino programming. There are a lot of sites that have command lists and snippets of “Hello world!” code, but I’ll be darned if I could find a clear bottom-up tutorial for the total noob. If there is such a thing, I’d be thrilled to see it.

    I ended up abandoning Arduino in favor of PICAXE. Their Logicator software makes program development – at least for the relatively simple stuff I’ve been doing – a relative breeze. Their whole environment is geared to education and getting kids started in physical computing, so it was perfect for a 40-something hobbyist whose last experience with programming was making an ASCII rocket scroll up the screen on a Commodore PET in ~1981.

    I’m invested in PICAXE now, with a supply of chips, proto boards and programming cable, but if I were starting over, I would definitely try ArduBlock or Scratch. They may not have all of the flexibility that’s afforded someone with a full command of C, but it sure looks like they would ease entry to the hobby for a beginner of any age,

  • A couple of notes about the datasheet:

    • The columns in the dimension table at lower right are mislabeled. Column “A” should be labeled “B” and vice versa.

    • If you’re using this on a PCB, take note that the pins are not round. Make your holes 0.75mm dia for a good fit.

  • Wow. This must really be a geek site. Ten mentions of the Mythbusters guys and not one lusting for Kari to make an appearance!