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Member #4539

Member Since: May 19, 2006

Country: United States

  • There are all sorts of microcontrollers out there along with a variety of development environments. Some, like the Arduino, are very very easy to use. Others are harder or less well known. Because of its open-source community, the Arduino has spread widely and has a very large support community with all kinds of code libraries and examples. As has been true many times in this industry, wide-spread support tends to trump elegance or raw efficiency.
    My own preference for most of what I do for my own hobby work is Parallax's Propeller which hasn't been mentioned here yet. There's a 3rd party board available for it that has the same form-factor and socket alignment and spacing as the Arduino and accepts most Arduino shields. There's another board that has both an ATMega and Propeller, runs Arduino code on the ATMega, but has a non-Arduino form-factor and connector layout.

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