Announcing Smiley's Workshop in Nut&Volts Magazine

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Starting with the August issue, Nuts&Volts magazine has a new series: Smiley's Workshop for AVR Microcontroller C Programming, hardware, and projects.

The first is Part 1: Introducing the AVR Programming Workshop Series and is a lot like the first several chapters of a certain book you might have heard about. In this part you build an educational projects platform that uses the AVR Butterfly, my Developer Terminal, AVRStudio, and WinAVR. Next month we will create some Cylon Eyes.

Anywho, Nuts&Volts has been PIC-city up till now and with this series the AVR will make a serious intrusion. That is, if folks like the article and tell the people at Nuts&Volts that they like the series and the AVR and etc. So if you like it tell them.

Run, do not walk, to you local megabookstore and buy a copy.

BTW, I'll make the article available for free on www.smileymicros.com one month after it appears in the magazine.

Smiley

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Congrats Smiley!

That is great news!

I'm looking forward to seeing your articles.

JC

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Very nice, Smiley - congratulations! It makes me wish I had gone to college with you, then when someone mentioned seeing the column, I could say "yup, my roommate wrote that."

Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

http://www.cbaird.org

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Congrats Smiley. I used to subscribe long long ago, but lost interest after I had switched from PIC to AVR.

Is your column in the current issue?

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Smiley, please be so kind and update this thread when your article is available on your homepage.
Thanks!

Regards
Sebastian

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My subscription just expired, guess I have a reason to re-subscribe now!

Darren

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Those whom the gods wish to destroy
they must first teach to use c
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This is a unique oppertunity ... show some AVR-muscles in a PIC-dictated magazine. Elektor is more balanced in their prefererence, but I notice that I skip an article when it's PIC-based. Strange huh ?

Nard

A GIF is worth a thousend words   They are called Rosa, Sylvia, Tricia, and Ulyana. You can find them https://www.linuxmint.com/

Dragon broken ? http://aplomb.nl/TechStuff/Dragon/Dragon.html for how-to-fix tips

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dmcinnes wrote:
My subscription just expired, guess I have a reason to re-subscribe now!

Darren

And please do tell them the reason.

Smiley

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Plons wrote:
This is a unique oppertunity ... show some AVR-muscles in a PIC-dictated magazine. Elektor is more balanced in their prefererence, but I notice that I skip an article when it's PIC-based. Strange huh ?

Nard

Actually they are so PIC oriented because thats what they get over the transom, lots of PIC articles. So if folks here would send them articles, they would become more AVR oriented. I think there is also the issue of PICs being programmed in PIC-BASIC which is a bit easier to get started in than C, but I hope to correct that problem as I continue with the workshop.

Do they sell Nuts&Volts in the Netherlands? When I was there all I saw were girly magazines, but then there could have been a thousand electronics mags and I wouldn't have noticed them since the girly magazines attracted all my attention.

Smiley

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I am sure you can. Your book on C is a pleasure to read (many of us will agree), so if you keep including kitchensinks and Zylons it will work out fine.
As for PIC-basic: for AVR there is BascomAVR as an alternative for those for who learning C is a too steep learningcurve. Let me know if I can contribute.

Nard

A GIF is worth a thousend words   They are called Rosa, Sylvia, Tricia, and Ulyana. You can find them https://www.linuxmint.com/

Dragon broken ? http://aplomb.nl/TechStuff/Dragon/Dragon.html for how-to-fix tips

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This is great news. I like Nuts and Volts magazine...but you would think the only uC in the world was the PIC. Congratulations...I am looking forward now to my next issue...(I found your last article fascinating as well...).

Keep up the good work.

-Jim

-Jim
http://www.noniandjim.com
Analog and Digital Electronics
Music Synthesizers

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zbaird wrote:
Very nice, Smiley - congratulations! It makes me wish I had gone to college with you, then when someone mentioned seeing the column, I could say "yup, my roommate wrote that."
But Chuck, we were roommates. Don't you remember the tie-on-the-doorknob rule so that we wouldn't barge in on each other when we were were being intimate with an 8051?

Smiley

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This could be a win-win if AVR use suddenly spikes up. Means my Atmel stock should go up, and the chances of some rich guy needing an AVR program Real Quick also go up. Anyone know how to find companies in an area like Cen Fla that solder AVRs onto circuit boards? I asked an FAE once, but he thought I was some sort of spy from Microchip or something.

Imagecraft compiler user

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Very nice Smiley!

I had just picked up my August issue from the PO today and hadn't even looked at it until I saw this thread.

Don

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And for those of you who don't already have a subscription you can get one here: https://www.pubservice.com/Subnew1.aspx?PC=NV

I have too many hobbies.
s-conductor.com

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Buhahaha, another thing to show off to my professor concerning my love affair with the AVR (he has a bunch of copies of N&V in one of the electronics rooms)

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Maybe I should have let my Servo subscription lapse, rather then the Nuts & Volts subscription.

Nice one, Smiley...

You can avoid reality, for a while.  But you can't avoid the consequences of reality! - C.W. Livingston

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In honor of Smiley's new found fame, I'll buy a 1 year subscription (international included) to N&V for the winner of the following contest:

1) Pick a number between 1 and 5000 inclusive.
2) Post your number here between now and noon on Saturday, Aug 2. Noon is defined as what currently shows up on my freaks timestamps, which is GMT - 8.
3) One entry per person. If you already subscribe, don't be a pig.
4) Closest (absolute value) difference from the preselected number being held by my kangaroo wins. In the case of a tie(s), earliest post wins.
5) Your forum join date has to be prior to today (July 30).

I'll announce the winner on Sunday (I'm out of town Saturday). Good luck.

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Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

http://www.cbaird.org

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Smiley,

Congratulations! Just got my most recent issue yesterday and have not gotten to your article yet.

Arcs_n_Sparks

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My guess is 2593

You can avoid reality, for a while.  But you can't avoid the consequences of reality! - C.W. Livingston

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Nice roo, Chuck! Actually, like others I let my N&V subscription lapse as well. Playing it safe and minimizing my potential error, I'll guess 2500

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I'll take the hacker number of 1337 ;)

Writing code is like having sex.... make one little mistake, and you're supporting it for life.

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Nice roo, Chuck!
Since Smiley loves to have his threads hijacked almost as much as he loves to discuss C teaching methods, I'll go OT a bit and say he's (the roo) a gift from Ross and St. Samperi. Carl has a similar one, but mine has boxing gloves and could kick his butt (if mine weren't such a wimp).

I just realized - I thought boxing kangaroos used their feet. Somebody dressed this boy wrong.

Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

http://www.cbaird.org

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Well, modesty aside, you guys who are renewing and/or getting N&V can improve the odds of the Workshop turning into a long term column by sending them an email stating that you like the Workshop and/or AVR microcontrollers.

Also, if anyone has any comments, questions, or concerns about an article, I'd like to see them here - well start a new thread maybe - since I'm certain folks won't agree with all I have to say and I will also probably get something confused or wrong. We are all learning together.

I plan on mentioning AVRFreaks frequently (freakwentlee?) and I hope newbies from N&V will start to hang out here and participate. Maybe we will convert a few PIC heathens.

Thanks for all the nice comments,
Smiley.

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I would guess (the roo_scan has been remotely activated)..but then I would have to read the mags.

What an old fashioned endeavour.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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1234

Yes, I have no imagination. All brain resources being used for learning C. When I have time to spare, that is. :(

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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4001

But I already subscribe. So, in the extremely unlikely event that I win, give it to #2 :)

JC

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3333 for me.

I'm liking threes today.

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My guess is 42.

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My guess is 808.

Regards
Sebastian

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An interesting project would be a pic binary interpreter written in c to run on an avr. Would be a gateway to porting pic projects to avrs. God forbid the avr interpreted versions run faster....

Imagecraft compiler user

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My guess is 1768.

John, W0GN

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my guess is 1699.

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Chuck, your generosity always amazes me . Thank you.

And thank you for choosing my lucky number 3742 ;)

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(Mega)164. (A tossup with [AT90S] 4433)

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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2578

Jim

 

Until Black Lives Matter, we do not have "All Lives Matter"!

 

 

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How about 1951

Randy

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3079 probably ;)

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it MUST be 7713

larry wilson

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it MUST be 7713

Ummmm...
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1) Pick a number between 1 and 5000 inclusive.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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glad someone is awake out there... :-)

larry wilson

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Congrats, Smiley!

My guess is 2226.

Very generous, indeed.

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glad someone is awake out there...

So what's your final answer, Larry?

Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

http://www.cbaird.org

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I'll take something a little smaller. 0xAA

I already have a subscription, so if I guessed correctly just give it to the next closest!

I have too many hobbies.
s-conductor.com

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I'll go with 4096.

I already subscribe, so if I win, give it to #2.

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1777

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Well, Smiley, with two new Butterfly threads in the past few hours I hope you are braced for the onslaught when your column gets popular.

And I want to apologize for not starting a new thread for the contest. I wasn't thinking too clearly. At least with a high number of responses on this thread perhaps more people will have a look and appreciate what you're doing.

Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

http://www.cbaird.org

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Hi Chuck,

I swear that I wrote my entry on roo's placard when I packed him :roll: But I guess I could repeat it for you. 2313 in honour of my first AVR.

Smiley, I hope you become the Walter Crondyke (spelling) of the soon to be improved N&V ...

Cheers,

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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Congrats, Smiley!! I would pick up a copy occasionally when they weren't overloaded w/ pic articles. I just subscribed in the hopes your column will continue.

My Guess is 4801. If it's the closest, send the mag to Dean.

My guess is that this contest will be like a "The Price is Right" round shortly.

Mike Coles http://blips.net
'bluelip' http://diyaday.com

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That is so cool, saw the article but haven't had time to read it. PIC and PICAXE are about the only uC's they really cover. I'll definately email them that I'm resubscribing because of the AVR coverage.

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bluelip wrote:
Congrats, Smiley!! I would pick up a copy occasionally when they weren't overloaded w/ pic articles. I just subscribed in the hopes your column will continue.

My Guess is 4801. If it's the closest, send the mag to Dean.

My guess is that this contest will be like a "The Price is Right" round shortly.

Be sure and tell them the reason.

And let me repeat: they favor PICs only because thats the articles they get. If you guys would write some AVR articles, they would likely publish those too.

Smiley

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4096

Am I too late again ?????

Must be be an echo on this thread.

Ken

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I'll pretend the number was chosen at random, and maximize my chances by picking the middle of the largest unclaimed range: 4449

(This also has the advantage that the next four people using this method would pick 1127, 3322, 3947, and 1880, which are outside 'my' range. It has the disadvantage that the next two people who are smartasses would pick 4448 and 4450.)

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emuler wrote:
1234

Yes, I have no imagination.


4321

No imagination here either!

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clawson wrote:
emuler wrote:
1234

Yes, I have no imagination.


4321

No imagination here either!


I think you guys are on to something!

I'll take 0x1234 = 4660.

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This is the most bizarre thread I have read.

Smiley in the Nut & Volts Mags.

Then a competition by Chuck.

Then who is really the winner ?

More likely who is on 1st base ? :wink:

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Well, here's what I think happened. If someone disagrees, please let me know.

DocJC won with a guess of 4001, but he said to give it to #2 if he won.

There were two guesses of 4096 (next closest), but the earlier one (rledyard) said to give it to #2 if he won. We'll ignore problems of recursion here.

The other 4096 is pykedgew, the winner. Please PM me your address and I'll enter a subscription for you.

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Then who is really the winner?
You? :)

And again, congratulations to Smiley for binging in tons of future AVR converts.

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Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

http://www.cbaird.org

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Geeee whiz, I don't know what to say. :oops:

Thanks to rledyard.

And thanks to Chuck & to our homeland icon.

Looking forward to Smiley's articles.

Cheers
Ken :)

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smileymicros wrote:
dmcinnes wrote:
My subscription just expired, guess I have a reason to re-subscribe now!

Darren

And please do tell them the reason.

Smiley

Done!

No reply from them yet.

Darren

----------------------------------------------------
Those whom the gods wish to destroy
they must first teach to use c
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That is great news Smiley!!

Way to promote AVR's.

You are the man!!!

I haven't read any of my back issues. I'll start with August!

Way cool!
John

Resistance is futile…… You will be compiled!