08.04.09 0044: BARE PICs
August 14, 2009
I've been spending the better part of the last few months studying to become more familiar with bare PICs. I'm not too sure what it is exactly that attracts me to using bare PICs in lieu of using an "Arduino" or "PICAXE", but I've made the decision to utilize bootloaded microcontrollers solely when prototyping.
Attempting to educate myself in the area of PIC programming in the C language has proven fatal and unproductive. Passed making an LED blink at a 50% duty cycle, my skills as as PIC programmer are very limited and useless in trying to construct any type of robotic project. The majority of my knowledge was acquired by studying the PIC tutorials located at: http://www.gooligum.com.au. The information that I've received from the previously stated website has proven very benificial in acquiring the paltry expertise I have now, but has quickly left me with unanswered inquiries.
Attempting to locate more conducive material for acquiring intelligence has also proven fatal. It seems as though no reference has a holistic approach at tackling bare PICs, which leaves me to believe that in order to utilize bare PICs, one must first select a specific PIC microcontroller due to the unique nature of which each is constructed and applied.
I've come to the conclusion that using the "learn-as-you-go" method is not beneficial to me and I require a methodology that provides me with a full perspective of PICs, starting with the history and architecture and ending with examples and applications.