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Save us from the Arduino, or not?

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Chet T16:
I, like countless others, are starting out with electronics and microcontrollers and the first and easiest step seems to be the Arduino.

Its always seemed to me that people who knew what they were doing were very critical of the arduino, whether this was because it was a "toy" or because it was allowing "normal" people do stuff that was normally only accessable to them!

So...my question is, should I try wean myself off my arduino habit and learn to do it "properly" or do you think its perfectly acceptable to stay inside the bubble?

Or an even easier question, are you critical of arduino based projects?

Trigger:
If you're just doing an electronics project the Arduino is fine.  If you want to get to the point where you can design your own custom boards for projects skip it and learn to program PICs/AVRs/MSP430s/etc in C.  It's a larger learning curve but you'll learn the industry standard and be better off in the end.

Chet T16:
Just seen my typo :/

Personally i'm just finishing the second year of a four year electronic engineering course so industry standard sounds good. That said, anything i've done with microcontrollers has been in my own time on my own little projects. I'm not sure whats covered in university in later years but we have done two modules in C and one in C++, nothing overly complicated which is perhaps why i took to the arduino

Trigger:
Also FYI if you sign up on Microchip direct with a .edu account you'll get a 25% discount on all developer tools.

armandas:

--- Quote from: Chet T16 on April 30, 2011, 07:43:46 pm ---Just seen my typo :/

Personally i'm just finishing the second year of a four year electronic engineering course so industry standard sounds good. That said, anything i've done with microcontrollers has been in my own time on my own little projects. I'm not sure whats covered in university in later years but we have done two modules in C and one in C++, nothing overly complicated which is perhaps why i took to the arduino

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Since you're an EE student and not a musician or an artist, you should definitely go for proper stuff. I personally have (almost) nothing against the Arduino hardware, but the software side (wiring, sketches, whatever) is useless if you want to learn how things work. If you're quite new, it may be good to have a small dev board like Arduino, but do yourself a favour and use C to program it.

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