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From: email@example.com (Colubris)
Subject: Re: Basic Stamp vs Pic processors
Date: 6 Oct 2002 07:06:16 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 6 Oct 2002 14:06:16 GMT
I'm just starting out with the PIC processors myself. After looking
into Stamps (and deciding against them) - I'd definately go with
PicBASIC or PicBASICPro from MELabs. It's a BASIC compiler that is
(mostly) compatible with all the Stamp demo source code available all
over the 'net. It is very easy to use, well supported, and has a
terrific mailing list where all us beginners can learn from the pros
After you buy the compiler, you can purchase the "bare" PIC chips for
a few dollars - instead of shelling out $40+ for each Stamp.
There is a free demo "on-line" compiler for MELabs PicBasic -
something like www.compilespot.com
Only downside (for me) is no Floating Point, LOGx, or Exponent math
support. But Microchip has some FP code that can be adapted if needed
- and Tracy Allen has LOGx code written for the Stamp.
I've heard good things about BascomAVR too, if you choose to use those
BTW - with either PIC or Atmel chips - building your own programmer is
"Jim" wrote in message news:...
> 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.
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