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Schumed 06-12-2012 02:59 PM

Arduino projects
 
Been seeing a lot of cool Arduino projects lately in the DIY section

Where is a good place to start to learn more about Arduino?

gx1400 06-12-2012 03:01 PM

www.arduino.cc is where I learned some of the syntax. It's kind of a modified C++ if you have any programming experience. Most parts and shields people use with arduinos have user libraries out there.

Although I've run into frustrations when they upgraded to 1.0 software, they changed the WProgram.h (i think) header file to Arduino.h and killed a lot of include files.

Homercidal 06-12-2012 03:06 PM

There are various websites out there. And some very nice looking books at the bookstore. Finding good information depends a lot on what you want to do with it.

garcara 06-12-2012 03:14 PM

I think the best thing you can do is to pick a project, break it down into small components and start looking up information on building each component on google. After you get them all working individually, put them all together and get them working.

carlisle_bob 06-12-2012 10:36 PM

Hi

What do you want to do? Build a keezer, a brew stand, a fermentor..?

How deep do you want to get? Grab some open source stuff, write some code, build some hardware from scratch?

Where are you starting from? Done some programming, done some hardware, starting from scratch?

Lots of starting points, lots of destinations, lots of ways in-between.

Bob

horseinmay 06-12-2012 10:44 PM

I'm also interested in using Arduino if I ever get around to automating anything. Can it be used stand-alone, or does it need to be connected to a computer to function?

ram434 06-12-2012 10:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by horseinmay (Post 4165978)
Can it be used stand-alone, or does it need to be connected to a computer to function?

Yes.

To answer more clearly, it does what you program it to do. If you program it to work on its own, it will do that. You can also have it tethered to a computer via USB/wireless/etc. UI can be as simple as some switches/LEDs or can be a web interface. All depends on what you want and what you are willing/able to do.

carlisle_bob 06-12-2012 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by horseinmay (Post 4165978)
I'm also interested in using Arduino if I ever get around to automating anything. Can it be used stand-alone, or does it need to be connected to a computer to function?

Hi

It's a stand alone computer with pretty much noting in it as delivered. You will very much need a computer to put code into it. Like any computer, it can be networked (with the right hardware and software bits and pieces) to other computers.

To get very far, you either will need an open source project to supply firmware images (and a very specific hardware configuration) or you will need to at least do some code on your own.

Bob

jimmayhugh 06-13-2012 01:42 AM

O'Reilly Arduino Cookbook
 
Arduino Cookbook is a good starting point. Make sure you get the second edition. I've got one that monitors temps using DS18B20 one-wire thermal probes and can serve a web page with the real-time temps over my intranet.

cjang 06-13-2012 06:27 AM

When I got started and learned a lot from this guy.

I also used this site a lot
http://www.adafruit.com/tutorials

These were great intros to basic electronics if you need it.
http://www.afrotechmods.com/tutorials/

Good luck. It's a ton of fun!


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