PIC Programming how to get started

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Several years ago a colleague suggested that I should be using PICs for my hobby, which then was amateur television. I spent many hours developing and experimenting with video mixers, faders and effects (FX) units, and all this was done sing analogue and digital circuits (TTL gates) that took quite a while to get the desired results. I did not kno

PIC Programming how to get started
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w at that time what he was talking about. What were these PIC things What could they do for me, and my hobby How was I going to be able to use them anyway I felt that I was getting on OK with my method of designing and building circuits using conventional integrated circuit and transistors. It was a little later when I was told that I could replace a very complicated video switching circuit (manual and sequential switching) using eight TTL type gates and monostables and many other components with just one PIC chip. It could do a lot more than the printed circuit board full of `standard` integrated circuits too! How was all this possible with just one chip, and how was I able to "tell it" to do anything. I has no experience of microprocessors and programming. I couldn`t even turn a computer on, and when I eventually did, I couldn`t do anything with it, other than stare at the `blinking` cursor (pun intended)! My background is radio and television and during those years whilst others were increasing their knowledge and programming skills with the early personal computers, I was experimenting with video and television circuitry. I had neither the need, nor the interest for programming of any description. My way of thinking about programming and using micro chips soon altered however, when I gained the information how to program and use a PIC to do exactly what I wanted it to do. All my project building is now done with a PIC...

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