Member Since: December 17, 2008

Country: United States


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C,C++,C#, Java, Various Assemblies, SQL, HTML, VHDL





  • IFA

  • Recreation of the George Costanza desk, Part 1: Table selection and more naps for Pete.

    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nap

  • Video is marked as private

  • Thanks. Looks like my car is going to have light up subaru badges now.

  • Can you cut it into different shapes?

  • Rubbermade's new biohazard suit on display.

  • What are all the things stuck in the ceiling?

  • I would have rocked this quiz had I taken it. Thanks Computer Engineering degree from MSOE

  • I've got an hour put aside for trying to make it through the laggy server triathlon. I need some pretty EL wire for my digital tachometer project.

  • scienceguy:

    As a high school teacher, I'm very excited about bringing these devices into the classroom at some point. Those who say that people will never learn the "basics" of electronics if the microcontroller learning curve isn't sufficiently hard are missing the benefits rapid prototyping has to offer. In the classroom, I actually have MORE time to devote to electrical and electronic theory if I can count on the Arduino to "just work". The problem I've had in the past working with students in this area is that we get so bogged down in deglitching the "simple" stuff that we never have time for meaningful projects. The best way to get a young person to dig into a topic is to make it have meaning to them personally. If a young person can successfully complete a meaningful project of their own design, their interest in electronics will stick with them. Once they run into the limitations of the Arduino, they will look to more complex solutions.
    I agree with this completely. I didn't start on a simple level like most people that go with this board. My experience started in college, with various circuit theory prereqs. We started off with an Atmega 32 writing in assembly for the first 80% of the class and then moved to C for the last 20%. While this might have been the more frustrating route to learn embedded electronics it led to a much deeper understanding of what was actually going on.
    That being said if I was doing it as a hobby, assembly would have probably scared me off. C is hard enough for a beginner. If the arduino has enough power to do whatever the user wants, why bother learning how to work with a more difficult microcontroller? If the project out grows the chip the designer will then move to something more capable at that point.

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