Hey guys, I'm a newbie. Yeah, pretty much a newbie to microcontrollers, a newbie to programming, and a newbie to hobby robotics.
I've got an Associates EE from about 10 years ago lol... and while I'm glad it's still up in my noggin somewhat, an AS EE doesn't exactly get you prepared for the microcontroller world.
What I'd really like to do is get into hobby robotics. The problem is I find myself complicating things in the following manner:
1) I read about a robot.
2) It's capabilities don't impress me a whole lot.
3) I think how much more cool it would be under control of a MC.
4) I end up chasing different ideas and trying to figure out so much that I don't do anything.
So basically, are AVR MC's newbie friendly? I wouldn't know having no experience with any of them. I understand they can be programmed in C, which is cool because while I'm not a syntax buff I understand the concepts of C.
I've been looking at the projects on this site and there was one for an remote control submersible vehicle that appeared to be programmed in some form of basic? Then of course there is assembly... so... it's like information overload.
A long time ago I was interested in HTML and I just basically looked at source until it started making sense. But that's a very visual output oriented language.
Seems like alot of the projects here involve multiple code files which I wasn't expecting either. I need to be looking at projects that like... when you push a button, an LED comes on. Then you change it a bit and OOOH it stays on!
Does anyone know of any newbie oriented microcontroller books/videos/sites? Should I just pick up one of those starter kit dealies and start hacking away? Sorry if this post annoys people :(
I will be poking around the forums, but if anyone has any directions for me to go I'm all ears.