So iv been seeing these Arduino boards around and noticing some very handy projects come from them. so i decided to give them a try myself.
compared to other micro controllers these are considered super easy to learn. however.
i'm not the best of students.
i decided to go cheap and bought the cheapest Arduino i could find. seeing them on average for $100 and than seeing the Arduino Micro for only $16
i hopped on that deal!
however considering i don't know how to program one. i loaded up some examples. and noticed just about ALL of them used pins that the Micro didn't have.
i attempted to re-program a new pin that was on the micro but it almost never worked.
Should i buy a different Arduino to learn on? maybe the Uno? it seems to be the most popular.
also if anyone knows of a good video tutorial series i wouldn't mind watching!
i bought myself a uno today and i have to say. worlds a differance. i have a list of what the pins are (for the most part) and seems like all the examples work flawlessly with this one. now to learn how to code from scratch
Get yourself a copy of the data books for the ATMega 328 and whatever chip is in your nano and you should be able to figure what pins are available to be programmed.
The Uno is an excellent starting point because just about everyone working with these devices knows what one is and what to expect from it. If you get into these devices it even makes a good programmer (with the ISP Sketch) for other chips in the ATMel stable. I have used my Arduino Uno to program the ATMega328 and the ATTiny2313 devices and there are others in the family that would be just as easy to program and use.
But the Arduino is a good starting point to learn from.