From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Basic Stamp vs Pic processors
Date: Sat, 05 Oct 2002 18:46:52 GMT
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> Is there any relationship between what I can do (other than cost) between
> the Basic Stamp and any number of Pic's?
> What I mean is that I feel I need to come up to speed in hobby hardware
> design by using programmable chips. I don't presently own any Basic Stamps
> and haven't done any Pic programming, although I have used Pics in several
> projects....I've been able, so far, to get hold of the HEX code and have
> someone else load it into the chip.
> I do programming in Quickbasic, but no assembler, but I have investigated
> PicBasic in case I want to go that route. I REALLY don't want to learn a
> new language at my age for something that I will just be using
> I see on the web a good bit of BS2 code for the Basic Stamp for projects I
> am interested in. Is this code portable over to Pics in any way? I
> wouldn't mind investing in Stamp stuff to do some development and
> breadboarding, but wouldn't want to buy a Basic Stamp to go into every
> project I build.
I don't know squat about PIC but I would say that you should use native
tools. By native, I mean tools specific to the processor and its I/O
scheme. I'm an old fart too and don't like to learn new computer
languages but I would have to be 90 years older than God to let that
stand in my way. Look a little closer at PicBasic. Basic is Basic (sort
of), so learning PicBasic should not be too much trouble.
You may not wish to do assembly language at all. I've done a lot of
assembly over the years and I still have to be retrained after coffee
breaks. I'm not sure that language makes much difference to the
readability of code. I've seen hopeless spaghetti code written in just
about every language including Basic. I personally won't use Basic. At
the best of times, it is even more ambiguous than Fortran which is an
incredible feat. Still, if you know it, leverage on it.
BTW, "structured Basic" is an oxymoron.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com