Hi, I want to get into microcontrollers and stuff. Doo you think that an Arduino is the best way to get into this stuff. I live in the UK and I've been looking at this. I need something that interfaces via USB or serial ( via a usb to serial adater) and this looks ideal. What do you think about these? Are they any good?

BTW: Does anyone know a place (other than ebay to get these in the UK?)


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anybody know what happens if i use a different speed oscilator. does it make it faster, slower, or just die.
i'm trying to decide between the arduino decimila or the usb bordunio. someone try to convince me one way or the other.
pepperm10 years ago
Josh I purchase the same kit (well 1 and a couple of bar boards actually) from the same ebay company and found it a great choice here in the UK. The goods arrived well packed and quickly. The exchange rate is good at the moment too so the while lot was about £15. Which isn't bad. I was up and running in no time. Microcontrollers are many and varied with a whole host of facilities on board. The Arduino is in my opinion a great introduction to them and if you can solder, getting this kit from nkc_store is a good choice. I haven't found a cheaper way of getting at an Arduino in the UK. Another choice is the AVR Butterfly at about £20. This offers many more functions but you would also have a much steeper learning curve getting used to connecting it to a PC and programming in C and using AVR studio. Get the Arduino, before I buy it :-) Mark
josh92176 (author)  pepperm10 years ago
Cool, thanks m8 -josh
westfw10 years ago
The BASIC stamp is probably still king, but Arudino is a viable competitor for a lot of things. As a C programmer, I like the way it "eases" people into C programming by hiding the complexities that would normally go along with trying to set up a gcc-based C environment. In some sense, the value of these beginning environments is not so much in how powerful they are, but in how well they manage to hide complexity from the beginning user.
Goodhart westfw10 years ago
I like the way it "eases" people into C programming by hiding the complexities that would normally go along with trying to set up a gcc-based C environment.

Oh, cool. I will have to look into that. (One of these days I will be required to become skilled in C# fairly quickly, and anything that can make the jump easier would be welcome).
westfw10 years ago
Check it out. I actually got my Bare Bones Board (Arduino compatible) working!

gmoon10 years ago
I think the Arduino is OK, but it's really just an AVR with another layer of abstraction on top (like a basic stamp.) It is probably easier to program than 'C.' I've used both 'C' and assembler, and wasn't interest in another (compiled) language?

You can buy an AVR dev board, as other suggested, or just breadboard with a few components.

I started with Guido Socher's AVR tutorial on 'C' programming (he sells stuff, too) and there's also a good one here on ibles. Guido's tutorial is particularly simple, hardware-wise.

You don't need a custom live CD--I've installed all the dev software on Ubuntu (with Synaptic or apt-get.) Atmel also has a Windows env for free (AVR Studio), and it includes the GCC compiler.
frank2608011510 years ago
$23 seems like a rip off, for $25 you can get a bare bones board plus a USB to UART adapter, which, in my opinion, are way better than any of the official Arduino boards.
josh92176 (author)  frank2608011510 years ago
Why are they better?
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