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From: "Matt Foster"
Subject: Re: Need RS232 code for PIC
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Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 00:42:10 -0000
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Organization: blueyonder (post doesn't reflect views of blueyonder)
Thanks for your concern - but unfortunately the only 'points' being scored
for this project are those of merit.
Buried deep somewhere in my other (humungous) thread is my explanation. This
project is something I'm dong as a favour for my school - they asked me
because of my A-Level combinations (Maths, Physics, Computing (German)) to
do research into this project and come back with a solution.
That's what I'm doing - and I agree 100% with what you're saying, it would
be wrong for me to just demand solutions and then write some coursework
claiming it was all my own, and not batting an eyelid.
It may not seem obvious to you, but even since I started a couple of weeks
ago I have learnt loads, my starting point really was ground zero. While I
am asking, basically, for this PIC code on a plate it's only because I don't
know C right now - I've done an awful lot of ASP and VB work in my few years
on this planet and that's where my strengths lie.
Even if I did get some C on a plate though - I'm not the type to just plug
it in and be thankful it works, I always look to why and how it works, but
without even an inkling of C at present I don't know where to begin -
learning an entire language for one bit of code seems a bit excessive,
especially with an ever increasing student workload (and that's for the work
i HAVE to do rather than my oodles of portfolio prjects that are merely to
give me some backing when I apply to Oxford next year) . The way I learnt VB
was to ask a pro how to do something, they would show me and I would
remember - so even just scrounging like this is a starting point.
I know what you're saying, but I hope you can also see what I'm saying -
while I'm endeavouring to produce a circuit (I'm getting close) - I can't
just magic up some code for my PIC, taht's why I'm asking the people who
profess in this area.
If you noticed, on my other thread I asked for assistance (OK at one point I
lost it and offered to pay people to make it for me :)) but basically I have
got as far as I have through different inputs from different people, and I
hope the thread can be useful to others in the future.
This thread is, basically, a request (note the differences in thread titles)
and if it is something someone who knows C can rattle off the top of their
head then so be it - noones any worse off.
Hope you got to the end of this - I'm jsut trying to defend myself.
"Mike Page" wrote in message
> Matt Foster wrote:
> >Hi, I have another thread (RS232 newbie - in need of assistance!)
> >Now I have a circuit (I think) that works
> >I need some code for my PIC that will detect which of SW1,2,3,4 or 5 was
> >pressed, and output an appropriate character in RS232.
> >Please help me, I have no knowledge of C or PICs or anything.
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> I had sympathy for you in the other thread. I thought you were showing
> some resourcefulness. It can take time to get your head round hardware;
> I figured software was your strength since you said "I am in my opinion,
> a bit of a pro". Now you want someone to show you the whole project
> except for a bit of VB which will probably take you 30 minutes tops. It
> is - uh - a whole day since your post asking for hardware.
> Don't take this personally, it's directed at the general melee of
> students hungry for quick answers on the 'Net and those who feed them.
> It's not your fault PICs don't run Windows but we as a community need to
> encourage you to learn something useful - like C - and stop handing
> everything over on a plate. Surely the point of a school / college
> project is not so much to produce something, but to learn something in
> the process. I'm concerned that over-reliance on an abundance of
> information is obscuring the need for precision and steady progression
> in expertise and capability.
> Yes, you need to produce something but surely you need to show your
> working ? Even today, I don't think "I found it on the Internet" is
> worth many points.
> Mike Page firstname.lastname@example.org
> BEng(Hons) MIEE www.eclectic-web.co.uk
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