I'm new to this forum and to Arduino. A few years ago I did intern ship at a shipyard, and as I enjoyed my intern ship I decided to build a model of the ship I was working on. I always liked to make everything working that works on the real thing, and as the ship I'm referring to above has quite some working stuff fitted I'm able to go such far that normal radio control systems get to their limits, and then only through using decoders for which I would need to remember 16 functions per switch. As that would make it hard to use all functions to their full extent I decided that a different system was needed to do the job, especially seeing the fact that I like to go further with every new model. A friend of mine told me about Arduino, so I decided to try it out. At first it appeared to be easy, but as soon as I tried to get further then simply Hello World I got stuck with a not properly working set-up. Mostly I don't even get the codes to pass the test, let alone make more then just 1 LED go on and off. Therefore I decided to join this forum, hoping you guys could tell me how to start. The load of information is simply way too big to start finding out where to start myself.
The problem starts with my lack of knowledge of any kind of programming. I simply don't know how I can start programming, how the codes work. Therefore I can't find a way to get any further then the basic codes that Arduino provides in the software. My first question therefore is: is there a list of what code does what? Then: how can I get started with some proper programming, starting with turning on and off some LED's separately?
Right now I only have 1 Arduino Uno starter kit. I would prefer to use Wifi for communications between transmitter (laptop or tablet) and Arduino aboard the model. In order to keep the wiring as short as possible I intent to build several "board computers" as I like to call them, each having there own set of functions to control, or having a larger job to do, like handling all communications, controlling the propulsions to keep the model at her position under the name Dynamic positioning.
For those of you interested in the model I'll add a link to the build log here:http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=45744
Thanks in advance.