Anyone else find the remarks in the first comment on this question to be unhelpful, unfriendly and rather patronising?
I won't mention the name so as to not attract attention, his comments in reply to an Arduino-tagged question are as follows - sure you can work out which is which :)
First, out here in the real world "shield" and "sketch" are normal words that don't make sense as you used them. No, the arduino marketing folks don't get to redefine standard english words and have the rest of us just go along.
I realize those are the terms used in the arduino community, but they have specific and different meanings everywhere else. This is a general electronics forum, not a arduino forum. If arduino people come here, they have to be prepared to talk general electronics correctly. I also deeply resent how the arduino people have tried to hijack common english words for their private use. Every effort should be made not to tolerate this in the larger world. At the very least, we can edjucate people that come here using the wrong terms.
Dude! What the hell??
So, no help, no answers offered, just a petty, snooty, snotty attitude to people using something that's brought fun, education and coding within the reach of hobbyists and school classrooms. And I wasn't the only one to notice the irony of his mis-spelling "educate" :)
I see this attitude a lot - someone dared to ask about the difference between references and pointers, and the answers were all along the lines of "What's there not to get? Jeeez - are you stupid? A pointer is a pointer and a reference is a reference. Idiot.". Another thing I also see quite a lot is "go away, spend £35 at Amazon on this Kernighan and Ritchie book from 1996 and come back when you know something". Which is probably excellent advice, but what they could have done was say "well, here's where you're going wrong - you might also find this book useful".
Anyone else notice this? We were all beginners once. We all started out defining pins using "int" (as the examples do) when we should have used const byte - but when you're starting out and blinking an LED and have 30k left, does it matter? Well, try posting the blink example sketch somewhere other than here if you want to get shot down in flames!
I think I have to very much agree with the last person in that comment thread who said:
How fortunate that the rest of the world takes care never to repurpose or overload terms. Like current, or code, or wire, or power.
So, grumble over - is it just me, or have you noticed this too?