Newbie & Bascom

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I'm new to microcontrollers. The AVR and Bascom were suggested as good starting points. This leads to three basic questions.

1) Programmer - lots to choose from ranging from direct parallel port to dev boards. What's a good starting point?

2) MCS Electronics (makers of BASCOM) has seemingly disappeared. The web site has not been available since I started into this area of electronics (a week or so). Emails to them are also not getting through. Are they gone?

3) I downloaded a demo version from somewhere else. It has a 2k limit - wouldn't seem like a problem. What concerns me is that some of the samples that simply write a few characters to LCD take up over 800 bytes of flash. Am I going to hit the 2k wall as soon as I try to do something more than light an LED and read a switch?

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. My eleven year old son is interested in things like robotics and sensor projects and I think the AVR with BASCOM would be within his reach.

Thanks,

Marc

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1.) I would suggest the STK500 as a good starting point. Lots of versatility.

2.) The owner of MCSElectronics went on vacation and unfortunately his website went down a while after that. We'll have to wait for him to get back and correct the problem.

3.) The 2k limited version is very popular. You can actually write fairly complex programs without running into the 2k wall.
Later you can buy the full unlimited version, it's quite inexpensive.
The sample programs that are building up a custom character set of data could fill up the 2k limit fairly quickly. Using the simpler LCD's where you write out text to a LCD display unit use up very little memory though.

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Hello,

I don't think MCS Electronics is dead, just the site. The maillist at http://www.grote.net/bascom/inde... seems like its still up, don't see a sign of bascom-avr disappearing.

Have you check the Dontronics website? They sell it at http://www.dontronics.com/basc-a...

-Colin