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Two questions from a Beginner

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kiechle

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Hi,
I am a beginner in Electronics. About 12 years back(I am 32 now), i used to do small electronic projects like LED Clock, Audio amplifiers, etc. I am thinking of learning the basics of Microcontrollers now.

Question1.
Do you guys have any suggestion on a Book i could buy to learn the basics of Microcontrollers. I am looking for something which covers the very basics of Microcontrollers for a beginner like me?

Question2.
You can't do anything in Microcontrollers without knowing C language. Right? Do you guys have any suggestion on a good book which covers the fundamentals of C language for Microcontrollers?
 

Nigel Goodwin

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Question2.
You can't do anything in Microcontrollers without knowing C language. Right?

No, most microcontroller programming is done in assembly. There are C compilers available, but I would strongly suggest you learn assembler first - it's important to know the device you're using, and assembler forces you to do that.
 

kiechle

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Thank you Nigel.

I have no idea what an assembly is. If possible, could you post any URLs on learning what an assembly is.
 
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sahu

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Hi,
I am a beginner in Electronics. About 12 years back(I am 32 now), i used to do small electronic projects like LED Clock, Audio amplifiers, etc. I am thinking of learning the basics of Microcontrollers now.

Question1.
Do you guys have any suggestion on a Book i could buy to learn the basics of Microcontrollers. I am looking for something which covers the very basics of Microcontrollers for a beginner like me?

Question2.
You can't do anything in Microcontrollers without knowing C language. Right? Do you guys have any suggestion on a good book which covers the fundamentals of C language for Microcontrollers?

i use FUNDAMENTALS & APP. WITH PIC....
i think it best for u
 
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gabeNC

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Look at Nigel's sig... he has EXCELLENT tutorials for learning assembler and microcontrollers. I've checked out a few books from the local library but Nigel's stuff has been more practical and alot more detailed, plus you have access to the author himself.
 

DirtyLude

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Also this video is good: EEVblog #45 – Arduino, PICAXE, and idiot assembler programmers @ Electronics Engineering Video Blog Podcast
the part on assembler is in at about: 12:15 , the whole thing is good.

It's important to note that Dave in that video is not saying that Assembly is not useful. Or a useful tool to learn microcontroller hardware.

I would also disagree that most microcontroller programming is done in Assembly. A few years ago that was true, but definitely not now.
 

spindrah

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remember, Nigel is 137 years old. :)

unless you need the speed/RAM usage to be extremely efficient just use C.
 
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