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ccdjr106

So im sure we all know how to use a arduino. Its so easy, the arduino enviroment does everything for you! I want to learn how to use a avr or pic.  For testing purposes im planning on using it to control relays which will control christmas lights. Can someone point me in the right direction(some tutorials or something) and should i start with a pic or avr? my main concern is the software because i have a mac and no access to windows.  The only microcontrollers that ive used are arduino and picaxe.

Thanks :smiley-red:

AWOL

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ccdjr106


AWOL

"Pete, it's a fool (who) looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart." Ulysses Everett McGill.
Do not send technical questions via personal messaging - they will be ignored.
I speak for myself, not Arduino.

retrolefty


ccdjr106

well this is the microcontrollers section for "Standalone or alternative microcontrollers"

Doesnt that mean microcontrollers other than arduino?

jaredpi

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(some tutorials or something)

http://www.mstracey.btinternet.co.uk/pictutorial/picmain.htm
http://www.winpicprog.co.uk/pic_tutorial.htm
http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~kws23/tutorials/PICTutorial/PICTutorial.html
If you go to Google and type in PIC Tutorial you will get more results.
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software because i have a mac and no access to windows

Not sure about the software though since I don't have (or use) a mac.
Hope this helps.  

AWOL

What did they say about the Arduino over at the PIC forum?
"Pete, it's a fool (who) looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart." Ulysses Everett McGill.
Do not send technical questions via personal messaging - they will be ignored.
I speak for myself, not Arduino.

ccdjr106

im not sure, i never thought they had a pic forum, does microchip have a forum?

AWOL

Imagine walking into a Ford dealership, and asking about a GM vehicle.
"Pete, it's a fool (who) looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart." Ulysses Everett McGill.
Do not send technical questions via personal messaging - they will be ignored.
I speak for myself, not Arduino.

JChristensen


So im sure we all know how to use a arduino. Its so easy, the arduino enviroment does everything for you! I want to learn how to use a avr or pic.  For testing purposes im planning on using it to control relays which will control christmas lights. Can someone point me in the right direction(some tutorials or something) and should i start with a pic or avr? my main concern is the software because i have a mac and no access to windows.  The only microcontrollers that ive used are arduino and picaxe.

Thanks :smiley-red:


Well, Arduino is built around an AVR, so you're already partway there. I got an ICSP programmer and downloaded WinAVR, that's one path you could go down. Or get AVR Studio from Atmel (no experience there, it's another one of those things I'm not getting around to). Also plan on spending considerable time reading the AVR datasheet(s). But that's half the fun!

Lurch

I mentioned another microcontroller once, think I got away with it.

retrolefty


im not sure, i never thought they had a pic forum, does microchip have a forum?


Of course they do:

http://www.microchip.com/forums/Default.aspx?

retrolefty


well this is the microcontrollers section for "Standalone or alternative microcontrollers"

Doesnt that mean microcontrollers other than arduino?


Arduino doesn't make microcontroller chips, they just build on several of the Atmel AVR offerings.


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