Here's a little information about me and this site:
Electronics and computing has always been one of my interests ever since I
was at school. At that time all you had were the discrete 74 series TTL and
4000 series CMOS chips and I remember being fascinated by those strange little
boxes with legs! and learning about each one. At college I took A level
electronics and passed with an A grade, then onto a university course in
electronic engineering where I achieved a 2.1 with honors.
From there I went into an electronics career starting out in communications where I did some practical real world electronics and designed and built a multi drop (single wire) telephony system using FPGAs using VHDL and Verilog.
Then some very annoying projects in a very old system of Windows Basic -
sometimes it is better to start over than re-do existing s/w that takes ages to
understand and then be limited by the language you are forced to use! Rant
Then onto many different projects including military stuff using an 196KC embedded microcontroller programmed in C. After this using Altera 10k series and VHDL for a mobile telephone tester system.
Of course this is a small summary! There was a recession in the middle where I had time to build an 8051 assembler and lots more.
One trouble when doing hardware or software in industry is you tend to
be labeled as either a hardware or software engineer.- the trouble is I am
equally fascinated with both.
This is one of the reasons that this site was made - it allows me to use both hardware and software skills to develop interesting projects and there is no labeling! Plus you get to share in these projects and hopefully learn a bit of software / hardware along the way).
I hope you enjoy the projects on the site and use them to learn about programming and hardware and especially those magical microcontrollers.
How this site was created
This bit is not about me but about this site. When I first got into creating a presence on the web I completely failed (as most people do) and was only able to create a useful site by following the solid advice given by Ken Evoy and Team.
However credit must be given for, in my opinion (and experience),"The only website business building system that works". If you are interested in building your own online business then I suggest you click the link and find out how to do it right; by-the-way do not follow any other system - you will likely fail. If you do try another system, and inevitably fail, remember what I said and come back here (after about 2-6 years of pain).
Here's a bit more about how I made this website:
My Review of Solo Build It written by yours truly: John Main.
Note: Except for the above link: Nowhere else will you find me talking about SBI on this site, as his desire is for as many people as possible to succeed online and that means providing information you want (not business building).
Best Regards John Main
Webmaster of http://www.best-microcontroller-projects.com.
Arduino Battery Charger: A very useful project that lets you charge 'un-rechargeable' alkaline batteries!
The Essential Guide to the 74HC595; What it is and how you can easily use one in any of your projects.
How to use the MCP23017 to increase your I/O by 16 pins (or more) and use its interrupt system.