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hackinblack
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Posted on Thursday, 05 April, 2007 - 09:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

does anyone have experience,good,bad or otherwise of the PIC C compilers currently available? i am looking for a not too expensive well supported and capable program,which is still useable for a complete novice to high level languages.BoostC and FED are current prospects,any one have any views?
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obiwan
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Posted on Thursday, 05 April, 2007 - 11:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You can start with the MPLAB (18 series parts though), it's free, well supported and capable.

If nothing else, you can just use that as a spring board to something else. C is C. Meaning it's portable, so find a better compiler, and away you go.....

When you install it, you get a message about it being only the full package for a trail period, after that certain "things" are dis-abled.

Mostly speed and compactness issues. But supposedly, what gets disabled really doesn't matter that much.

Programs are only a fraction slower and only a might larger. Supposed to be easy to live with.

Now that's only what I have heard, I'm waiting to install it myself.
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john_becker
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Posted on Friday, 06 April, 2007 - 01:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

FYI, Mike Hibbert is starting a series on using MPLAB in the June issue of EPE (and another series on PICkit2 as well, as part of PICnMix).

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hackinblack
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Posted on Friday, 06 April, 2007 - 09:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

when i got the PICKit2 i noticed the extra button;which isnt used (yet!) i beleive they where working on a version which can store the code to be programmed in,INSIDE the pickit.so when the extra button is pressed the 'kit2 does the programming itself,the 18 series IC inside would be more than capable of doing it,but would need a 5v supply to the mini USB socket.the pICKit2 contains intelligence,memory,and a driver circuit 'as-is';maybe they never had the time to develop it,maybe it was in-house only?

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