It is wierd, for a first post, but here goes: A couple of my friends and I have been running a workshop at our college where we takes mostly CS students and try and teach them a bit more about digital hardware since most of what they do is programming. It has been going on for a few years, I think we started 2012. Now, I had an idea, since it's really hobbyist-oriented not academic to put it up online and write as we go this year, and I have been wondering is it doable?
See, in our class we make them, in the first week, build all gates from transistors, then we make them go to 74HCxx chips and implement a few Boolean functions, we then jump to simulating simple processors on a FPGA using VHDL, then when they understand how processors work we jump to Arduino and play around with wireless modules, led matrix displays and ADCs and DACs. We then take a step back to a microprocessor, add periphery and make them build a simple graphics library from scratch and run a simple pacman-like game on a screen.
Is that doable in an on-line form? Or would it be too much trouble to write up a billion guides and schematics etc. Would anybody follow it? We thnik it's an interesting subject but the problem is that it gets pretty technical and we simply don't know if we could muster an audience. I mean, we'd be happy with 5 people learning something new, but still, is it worth the trouble?
We bought a domain and written a few very basic articles on logic - we have a rough week-by--week plan that works in our class, but it's way too quick here.
If you want to check it out: http://quotis.eu/index.php/from-gates-to-games/