Coffeehouse Thread

20 posts

Forum Read Only

This forum has been made read only by the site admins. No new threads or comments can be added.

Hobby electronics programming

Back to Forum: Coffeehouse
  • User profile image
    Blue Ink

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    @Blue Ink:

    Digital electronics is not that hard, it's either 0, 1 or an illegal value.

    Analog electronics is HARD.

    Yes, digital electronics is easy and fun, on paper. Physical circuits will never miss the opportunity to remind you that there's a difference between abstractions and reality. To the uninitiated even a using a simple voltage regulator or a transistor can be a challenge. The internet made a difference, with the availability of datasheets and reference designs, but the first steps are still hard.

    , Maddus Mattus wrote


    I hear you, I've moved to software development as well since there are few jobs in electronics.

    Funny, I did the opposite. I started off as a Software Engineer and then went to the "hard side". Firmware is still software, just a lot more interesting as you cannot get closer to the metal than that.

    Decades later I'm still caught as a software developer at heart, though: apparently I use too may LEDs in my circuits (it's for debugging purposes, I swear) and my firmware tends to abstract the hardware away too much. Still plenty of time to learn how to do it right.

  • User profile image

    I wonder if you could use an Arduino and then write an application for a PC to control the machine?

    This example controls two relays from a PC software application:

    And this one reads a temperature sensor (maybe you can switch the machine off when the ice cream is cold enough?):

    They both use the Processing language for the PC application and an Arduino.

    Just my 2c worth Smiley

Conversation locked

This conversation has been locked by the site admins. No new comments can be made.