From Picaxe to Arduino
March 10, 2010
When I joined LMR I had just written my first picaxe program. After 16 months I have finally crossed over to Arduino. The biggest problem I found was that all the commands were not in one neat package like the picaxe manuals (Manual 2 in particular).
After some Googling I found the "Arduino Programming Notebook" by Brian W. Evans. Although hardly an all inclusive guide it is a nice simple guide on the programming structure and common commands used. Perfect for an absolute begginer! Along with the examples built into the Arduino Enviroment I soon understood the basics.
Once I could make a LED blink and use PWM to dim it or vary the speed of a small motor I then found the reference page on the Arduino home site made more sense an became useful. With the odd Google search when I was stuck it wasn't long before I had translated "Mr. General.BAS" for use with an Arduino Nano plugged into Mr. General's breadboard.
Arduino users will have to forgive my poor program structure. This is partly because the program was an almost direct translation of a picaxe basic program and mostly because I was learning as I went. Those familar with the example code for "Tune" will see I am a plagiarist and copied the example with almost no change.
I still have a lot to learn and still like picaxe for many things such as it's commands for using IR leds and receivers. For those picaxe programmers wanting to learn Arduino I found the Arduino Nano plugged into a breadboard was a great beginners platform at a good price.