Hi everyone. I was thinking about getting into PIC Programming and experimenting and was trying to decide what setup to buy to get me started.
I am in Australia and in a rural area so I cant just walk into a shop and start talking about it.
Hi there. I've recommended this before to other PIC newcomers and I'll do the same for you:
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This is a full C programming for PIC Microcontroller course with a development kit included. I used this when I was starting off (although I had the older version) and it was fantastic - it assumes no prior knowledge and will take you through from flashing an LED (the hello world of embedded programming) right up to advanced topics like multiplexed displays, keypad inputs, LCDs, etc. You can also get an Assembly tutorial if you prefer, and actually if you've no prior knowledge of assembly I'd recommend you learn it because the knowledge gained and concepts learned are invaluable, even when using other languages like C.
With regard to not being able to "walk into a shop and talk about it", make no mistake that we are no better off here in the UK. Sure, we have a Maplins store in most cities but gone are the days when you could walk in and engage in design related tech-talk with the guy behind the counter. These days the focus is in car entertainment and disco lighting. Other than that they're pretty clueless now! That's been my recent experience anyway.
Good luck with your learning. I can wholeheartedly recommend it, but be aware that once you become familiar with Microcontroller programming, you'll end up swamping yourself with project ideas!!!