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Title: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: jmo on May 22, 2017, 11:51 am
Hi all,

I'm gonna buy my first Arduino board very soon. Out of curiosity I wanted to know what was your biggest issue when learning Arduino?


Thanks for your participation!
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: Robin2 on May 22, 2017, 04:05 pm
That's going to vary depending on the level of knowledge a user already has before first trying an Arduino.

What is your level of knowledge? That will help others coming from the same starting point to give you advice.

For example, if you have done no programming then my experience with learning Arduinos would probably be irrelevant.

...R
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: jmo on May 22, 2017, 04:27 pm
Hi Robin2,

Thanks for your answer.

My level of knowledge is that I'm a software engineer, so I know how to program in C/C++ but I know (almost) nothing about electronic or hardware.
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: Robin2 on May 22, 2017, 07:21 pm
Then you must know a great deal more about programming than I do, If your experience is with programming on PCs I suggest you think carefully about the need to be very economical when you have only 2k of SRAM.

As far as the electronics and hardware is concerned I am entirely self-taught (if you could call it teaching) and I am a lot less confident with electronics than I am with programming. To my mind the scope is so enormous that it may be easier to identify a project and then learn what is needed to get it to work.

A basic knowledge of electricity - volts, amps, watts, watt-hrs, amp-hrs etc seems to me to be important. Many questions from newbies demonstrate deep ignorance of the subject and its absence can make communication difficult when people have problems.

A general understanding of components such as resistors, capacitors, transistors etc is also useful but you could probably get a great deal done without ever needing the deeper knowledge to design a transistor circuit.

...R
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: jmo on May 22, 2017, 07:55 pm
I planned to use Arduino to learn electronic in an interesting and practical way. I have some basic knowledge about electronic but I deeply lack the practice.

Thanks for your great feedback!
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: Johan_Ha on Jun 09, 2017, 10:43 pm
I know C/C++, but I know almost nothing about electronics. But nothing about that has caused any problems. My issues are about writing the code and knowing the right keywords, like analogWrite(). I'm a total noob to Arduino and I simply haven't gathered all stuff around me, when I start writing code. I need library reference pdf:s, code examples and a coup of coffee around me.
I mainly struggle with the electronics, like how to choose a capacitor and for what purpose. But as I wrote, no big problems. If I must mention one problem that I'd want solved, it's finding time for all this cool stuff.
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: larryd on Jun 10, 2017, 02:22 am
Not too many problems here when I first started.
I am sure you will catch on quickly.

Here are some links I often offer to new people:

Arduino links.

Watch these:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CbJHL_P5RJ8   (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CbJHL_P5RJ8)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UUx0_s-ElSs    (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UUx0_s-ElSs)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QpPGGuaGbCA  (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QpPGGuaGbCA)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xmZXWMEltEc   (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xmZXWMEltEc)


Some things to read:

https://learn.adafruit.com/category/learn-arduino (https://learn.adafruit.com/category/learn-arduino)

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/HomePage  (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/HomePage)

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/tags/arduino?page=all (https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/tags/arduino?page=all)

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-an-arduino (https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-an-arduino)

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Foundations (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Foundations)

http://playground.arduino.cc/Code/AvoidDelay (http://playground.arduino.cc/Code/AvoidDelay)

https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=384198.0 (https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=384198.0)

http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=12153 (http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=12153)

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA567CE235D39FA84 (https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA567CE235D39FA84)

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Products (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Products)

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/using-the-logic-level-converter (https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/using-the-logic-level-converter)

http://arduino-info.wikispaces.com/ (http://arduino-info.wikispaces.com/)

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/how-to-read-a-schematic  (https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/how-to-read-a-schematic)

http://www.gammon.com.au/motors (http://www.gammon.com.au/motors)

http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=11955  (http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=11955)

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Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: Robin2 on Jun 10, 2017, 08:53 am
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My issues are about writing the code and knowing the right keywords, like analogWrite().
A lot depends on how you like to learn things. If you like learning by doing then the Arduino IDE comes with a lot of simple examples. Spend some time studying them and referring to the Learning section of this website.

...R
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: GolamMostafa on Jun 10, 2017, 02:50 pm
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If you like learning by doing then the Arduino IDE comes with a lot of simple examples.
Very cool to see common line of thinking; an anonymous writer have been telling the same thing to his co-learners for many years about self-learning.


//==============================================================
Preface

First of all, you must say that you wish to learn 'things'. And only then, we may tell you something like: "Look for the things that work and play with them". This is one of the proven methods of 'Self Learning'.

This book is written for those who are willing to learn things by doing themselves. Take an experiment and 'follow' every step. Be patient and keep waiting until you are rewarded with a result.

Now, you have an experiment, which works. Repeatedly study and practice every step of the experiment. You will soon discover the reasons for including so many steps in the experiment. Try to build the experiment in your own way. Execute your experiment and monitor the result.

Good Luck!


21/4/17, 15/10/15, 15/10/14, 6/11/13, 6/1/09

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Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: ballscrewbob on Jun 11, 2017, 03:42 am
@GolamMostafa

bible verses.
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: GolamMostafa on Jun 11, 2017, 10:01 am
@ballscrewbob

Scriptures of the monotheistic religions say: Men ultimately took the responsibility of taking care of themselves and the environment; but, they stood unjust!

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The Jabur, The Toha, The Bible, and The Quran are carrying messages of utmost importance for the maintenance of human race in this world and then the after world. Traditionally, people use capital letters while writing the names of these scriptures to qualify their singularities.  For the time immemorial, people are ending their lives in this world, and none of them returned. Where do they go? No where! Everything comes to termination as one dies. The Poet, by virtue of his super intellect, denies to see his non-existence even after his death! Who is talking sensible? None or both? Everything is relatively flowing on its own course!  They interact or we make them to interact; new events appear; are they illusions? or are we hallucinated? or are they true as we are true?
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Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: Robin2 on Jun 11, 2017, 10:29 am
Scriptures of the monotheistic religions say: Men ultimately took the responsibility of taking care of themselves and the environment; but, they stood unjust!

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The Jabur, The Toha, The Bible, and The Quran are carrying messages of utmost importance for the maintenance of human race in this world and then the after world. Traditionally, people use capital letters while writing the names of these scriptures to qualify their singularities.  For the time immemorial, people are ending their lives in this world, and none of them returned. Where do they go? No where! Everything comes to termination as one dies. The Poet, by virtue of his super intellect, denies to see his non-existence even after his death! Who is talking sensible? None or both? Everything is relatively flowing on its own course!  They interact or we make them to interact; new events appear; are they illusions? or are we hallucinated? or are they true as we are true?
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If that was a picture I would post it on the Wall Of Shame Thread :)

...R
Title: Re: [Poll] What is your biggest problem learning Arduino?
Post by: GolamMostafa on Jun 11, 2017, 11:15 am
Who knows? We are abundantly free! :)