[SATLUG] XCSSA Meeting: It's Microcontroller Programming Night!
(Mon, May 19th, 7pm)
tweeksjunk2 at theweeks.org
Fri May 16 18:05:01 CDT 2008
Xotic Computer Systems of San Antonio *
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Finally... this Monday's session is going to be covering something that I've
been wanting to get back into for many moons (since college).
What's a microcontroller? In short, a microcontroller is a one chip computer
with built in A/D (analog to digital) converters, digital control lines (for
controlling and measuring things), memory and more. You can think of
microcontrollers as the "thing" that programmers and engineers use to effect
the physical world. They're used in everything from dishwashers and
automotive ABS systems to robotic systems and spacecraft.
A friend of mine at Rackspace is going to be talking about an Open Source
based microcontroller development platform (based on the Atmel AVR
microcontroller chip) that allows even the most basic beginner to really do
some way cool stuff! Here are just a few examples of what regular Joe's are
doing with them:
The Arduino Open Source Microcontroller Dev Platform: By Scott Simpson
Scott is going to go over some of the basic differences between PICs and
Microcontrollers, and the jump into:
-The Arduino board and it's variants
-The Arduino shields (interface boards)
-The Arduino Integrated Development (programming) Environment (or IDE)
-Demonstrate writing, compiling, uploading and running sample programs
If you've ever wanted to get into electronics, robotics, PIC/Microcontroller
programming, or anything cool like this, then you owe it to yourself to come
check out this meeting! It'll be a hoot!
We'll be at our regular meeting place, the Nail Technical Center on San
Antonio College Campus at 7pm. Map here:
Hope to see you there!
(I'll update the web site wit URLs and more later tonight)
President of XCSSA.ORG
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