PIC vs Arduino?
shane at hathawaymix.org
Wed Aug 24 03:20:16 MDT 2011
On 08/23/2011 12:45 AM, S. Dale Morrey wrote:
> However I've made up my mind, after looking at the overall support and
> talking to customer service at both Microchip Direct& Mouser, it
> looks like the clear winner for speedy development with lots of
> community support is going to be an Arduino, supplied by Mouser. I
> have to admit they have the best customer service& sales team I've
> ever seen.
> I placed my order today& got a tracking number today. Just checked&
> my uno landed in Salt Lake a few hours ago. I'll keep you folks
> updated on my progress.
> Thanks for all the advice& keep it coming, I'm still very curious.
I've written a few small programs at home for both PIC and Arduino in
the past few years. Starting with a PIC, I first wanted to get dirty
and write in assembly language, but I quickly realized just how quirky a
PIC really is and how little I cared about optimization (I was building
a game for kids) so I switched to a C compiler. I also tried some
custom language (can't remember which), but that language had no support
for arrays, making it extremely limited.
Later on, I played with RepRaps and learned about Arduino. I found it
very easy to update and fix code with an Arduino. For prototyping, the
ease of development with Arduino easily offsets the extra cost. I
really should have built the kids' game with an Arduino. I would have
had extra time before Christmas to add more features and make it easier
to use. Oh well, next time I will!
More information about the PLUG