Beginner's Guide to Embedded C Programming Vol 1
The C language has been covered in many books but none as dedicated to the embedded microcontroller beginner as the Beginner’s Guide to Embedded C Programming. Through his down to earth style of writing Chuck Hellebuyck delivers a step by step introduction to learning how to program microcontrollers with the C language. In addition he uses a powerful C compiler that the reader can download for free in a series of hands on projects with sample code so you can learn right along with him. For the hardware he found the best low cost but effective development starter kit that includes a PIC16F690 microcontroller and everything else the beginner needs to program and develop embedded designs, even beyond the book’s projects.
There isn’t a better entry level guide to learning embedded C programming than the Beginner’s Guide to Embedded C Programming. When you have finished reading this book and completed the projects you’ll be ready to take on your own embedded microcontroller projects and designs using the C language.
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Beginner's Guide to Embedded C Programming Vol 2
In this “Volume 2” Chuck takes the reader to the next level by introducing how to drive displays, how to use interrupts, how to use serial communication, how to use the internal hardware peripherals of the PIC16F690 Microcontroller such as SPI, PWM and Timers. He even introduces how to drive a stepper motor for those looking for electromechanical design help. He tackles these topics with his typical down to earth style of writing that makes the reader comfortable as they learn what some consider very difficult topics for the beginner. In addition he continues to use the very powerful HI-TECH C compiler in its free Lite mode so the reader can program along with little or no expense.
All the projects in the book include the software and the hardware schematics so the reader can reproduce the same projects Chuck creates on their own. This is a great companion to the “Beginner’s Guide to Embedded C Programming” but also stands well on its own. If you are looking to learn Embedded C Programming for the Microchip PIC Microcontroller or want to expand your knowledge of using the internal features, then this book needs to be in your library.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 – Getting Started
Chapter 2 – Driving an LED Display
Chapter 3 – Driving an LCD
Chapter 4 – Storing Data
Chapter 5 – External Interrupt
Chapter 6 – Using the Timer 1 Interrupt
Chapter 7 – RS232 Communication
Chapter 8 – SPI Communication
Chapter 9 – Pulse Width Modulation
Chapter 10 – Driving a Stepper Motor
Appendix A – Inside the PIC16F690
Appendix B – Development Board Schematic
Beginner's Guide to Embedded C Programming Vol 3
In “Beginner’s Guide to Embedded C Programming — Volume 3” Chuck Hellebuyck takes another leap forward by showing you the steps to create the SimpleC library of functions that make programming in C even easier. This approach shows the reader how they can create their own functions and expand the SimpleC library to make creating microcontroller projects much quicker than writing in raw C code. This book will clearly be the reference for future programmers who want to build electronic gadgets without all the painstaking steps of writing every C statement while producing a working project in less time and with less effort.
The SimpleC library will make the following functions as easy as one command line:
The PICkit 2 Starter Kit is no longer available from Microchip, so I worked with Nuts & Volts magazine to create a replacement.
The PICkit 2 files were open sourced by Microchip so you can find many clones. One of the best clones though is this clone named ICP02 included in this combo. It incorporates the USB connection into the design so you don't need the USB cable. It also connects to the board that is included in the combo.