Help to get started

So, I decided to get into robotics. My final goal - remotely controlled UAV with camera, payload and (preferably, but not necessary) a manipulator. My problem is that every single ‘getting started’ tutorial leaves me with a ton of questions and I don’t really understand anything. I’d like some sort of guide for super retarted people, or even someone skilled to answer even the most stupid questions I might ask.

It's the same as eating an elephant. Do it in small bites.

If you have no Arduino experience buy an Uno and work through several of the example programs that come with the Arduino IDE.

As your experience grows you will begin to understand mote and (importantly) will be better able to explain what you need help with.

Have a look at Planning and Implementing a Program although it was not written for a complete novice. You will see that the whole thing is a collection of small pieces.

...R

From other sources I found out that arduino is basically c++ (correct me if I'm wrong), but arduino IDE is not much of an IDE and it's a better idea to use a plugin for MSVS. Is it correct?
Also, what exactly is arduino uno? Some kind of basic controller for starters, or...?

Your in luck, the Internet has tutorials to help you get started.

YouTube for example:
https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA567CE235D39FA84

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Barsik_The_CaT:
but arduino IDE is not much of an IDE

If you are already an expert programmer you may indeed find the Arduino IDE a bit limiting. But that is not who it is aimed at.

If you are a beginner the Arduino IDE makes it very easy to get started.

The Uno also makes it very easy to get started. Full details of the various Arduino boards can be found in the Products tab above.

...R

Thank's everyone for the help. I've got Visual Micro for MSVS, found a nice microsoft virtual academy course and ordering arduino starter kit (arduino uno, Jeremy Blum's book and some other stuff)

If you think you will need advice from this Forum you will probably find it much more effective if you stick to the Arduino style of writing code with setup() and loop() functions and the usual Arduino libraries as people here will be familiar with all that.

But that does not mean that you have to use the Arduino IDE to write your programs. Personally I use the Geany text editor.

…R

Barsik_The_CaT:
So, I decided to get into robotics. My final goal - remotely controlled UAV with camera, payload and (preferably, but not necessary) a manipulator. My problem is that every single 'getting started' tutorial leaves me with a ton of questions and I don't really understand anything. I'd like some sort of guide for super retarted people, or even someone skilled to answer even the most stupid questions I might ask.

Good one! :slight_smile:

[Edit] ... or not

Um... I don't think we can use that word anymore.