I'm John Main,
If you need a Great
in microcontroller C programming then this is
It teaches you
by executing Fully
Debugged code on
Why this course?
- Teaches fundamentals
of *practical* C programming.
- Starts from the very
beginning - no coding
- Starts you using hardware in
the very first course
how and why
the C code works.
- You will learn
the theory and then *see*
the code in action.
All this adds up to the fact that
been tested and Fully
on my own hardware
so it is
Guaranteed To Work.
module is supplied as a digital download and you gather together the
reqiured hardware. When you follow the
schematics and burn the supplied hex file into the PIC, the circuit
will work as it is supposed to (tested by many, many people who have
already taken this course and by me as well).
At this point, you are working from a Solid
Foundation of working code.
A tutorial/course that really works
"Well, it took a long time and hundreds of searches to find a
tutorial/course that really works. I find this course to be by far,
the best. Anyone can learn to program the PIC microcontroller
Rating 1 Excellent
Greg E. ( lexicon <at> clearwire.net )
Learn how you can Create a Full project
final project (a curve tracer) shows you how to create a full C project
The project shows you the process of creating a project and you will understand exactly how to create itand how it is designed.
"Good for a beginner"
I really like the tutorial
good for a beginner."
Rating 2 Very Good
Sudam sudamkakre ( <at> rediffmain.com )
Why use C in your projects?
Once you have learned C
can use it in all your projects
and it's much
- is a more efficient use
of your time.
- allows you to focus on the problem
not the language used.
- Gives you a new skill that you
can use in industry.
Here's why C is a better choice:
Note: The above C source code
generated the assembler output shown - they are exactly equivalent!
I know which I prefer:
The assembler is impossible to read and about 30 lines!
...but the C source
code is easy to read and only 5 lines!
When you use C:
- It is easier to read
- You use less
coding than assembler.
- It lets you create
projects more quickly
(less code writing).
- It is structured
(you will easily see the operation of the code).
You can re-use
code from other projects (or the web), so don't start from scratch each time and its already Completely Tested.
"Awesome tutorial! Thanks Mr.John!!!"
Awesome tutorial! Thanks Mr.John!!!
"Anyone with a Zero
Learn the Modules
Rating: 1 Excellent
R.Prem Sunder ( prem.eie <at> gmail.com )
"Clear and concise writing style"
Thank you for the clear and concise
writing style. It is very easy to
follow and a good place to start."
Tim ( timandjan <at> rogers.com )
concept: C program structure
This module examines the structure of a C program
and shows you how to control
the input and output ports
of the microcontroller.
The first program is a simple one (flashing an LED) - it's deliberately
kept simple so that it is easy to get going.
Because it is simple it lets you concentrate on the interfaces needed
to get it going.
concept: individual bit control
This module shows you one of the
important control methods i.e. how to control individual bits in a port.
This is demonstrated on the hardware by flashing the LED using individual bit control.
It also demonstrates using ports as inputs or outputs. PORTA
used as an input port and PORTB is used as an output port.
LEDs are connected to PORTB and input buttons are connected to pins of
PORTA you can immediately see the program operating.
Note: Port directions are controlled using registers TRISA and TRISB.
individual port bits.
concepts: variables and conditionals
This module discusses variables
and how to choose them
with reference to memory usage.
In addition it introduces conditionals
which let you use the
microcontroller to make decisions.
To demonstrate the conditionals an if-else
construct and a variable
are used to flash the LED. This demonstrates using C to do
same task as the previous module but using a different method.
The second program uses the switch
change the update rate depending on the number of keys pressed i.e. it
changes how fast the led flashes depending on which keys are pressed.
It shows use
of the C switch
their use on the hardware.
types and Conditional statements.
concept: while loops and arrays
This module examines the 'while'
loop which is used to develop the basic keypress detection Key debouncing is
also done inside the keypress loop.
This module also discusses arrays
which are then used to map a random number to the correct LED sequence
for displaying the dice digits.
The module shows how to map the internal representation to the PORTB
These concepts are shown for real by running the code on the hardware.
The module also discusses the do-while loop and the break statement to
exit from a loop.
project using arrays and while loops.
concepts: functions, for loops, increment and decrement
This module introduces the concept of functions that let
you split up complex programs into more manageable parts.
It also introduces the simple increment
(add one) and decrement
(subtract one) operators.
It then looks at 'for
loops' which are used to simulate rolling the dice and
demonstrates these concepts on the hardware.
up the dice project: Functions.
concept: RS232 port and strings
This module shows you how to set up an RS232 connection to
communicate between the PIC and the PC.
First of all it covers methods of using string data and how you can
format that data i.e. to convert
a variable into its string representation (essential for
outputting data from your PIC to the PC).
The first program uses the string formatting information to create
the "Hello World" program and output a number to the PC terminal
showing how to send data to the PC.
The second program shows you how you can loopback the RS232
port so that anything typed at the PC terminal is sent from PC to PIC
to the PC: RS232.
concept: local statics and scope
This module shows you how to create a local function variable that is
not lost when the function is finished (local static variables).
It also describes the rules of visibility of variables or scope.
To demonstrate local static operation the value of a local static is
increased every keypress and it's value output to the serial port.
Also included in this module is information on compact operators (a
short hand way of writing C mathematical operations).
and compact operators.
concept: State Machines
This module shows you how to make up your own types using
These are then used to create a state machine which
is described in detail.
After this the dice project is converted to use a state machine so you
can see exactly how a state machine works.
You then program the dice hardware to see the state machine operation.
State machines are useful as they let you create complex operations
by first describing the operations visually (state machine diagram).
The visual state machine
is much easier than C code to read so you will be able to see how the
code is going to work. In addition the visual state machine
useful way of documenting how the code is working.
Types, typedef and Preprocessing.
|Main concept : passing multiple
module discusses how to transfer more than one variable into or out of
a function using pointers.
It goes over what a pointer is and what it can be used for and then
goes on to compare two functions one using normal arguments and one
using pointer arguments (passed
As well as outputting the result of these functions to the RS232 port -
to show real operation the module also reads two ADC input
pointer functions) and outputs theses values to the RS232 port.
In addition a simple technique of using VT100 commands to
is used to stop the screen scrolling continuously as data is displayed.
and pass by reference.
Main concept :
structures and PWM
This module shows you how to use struct
types to store more than one variable in a group object.
The reason for this is that it lets you group variables that
related to each other or which have a common purpose into
entity. You can then easily refer to each variable in the
It also shows how to use bit fields in a structure definition to save RAM space.
Again the RS232 port is used to show real variable output data at the
hardware in this case from the bit field and from the structure
The first part of the
curve tracer is constructed using two opamps and
the output is read back by the ADC and displayed at the RS232 interface.
Detailed information is given on using and understanding the PWM internal peripheral.
Main concept : Multiple file
This module shows you how to split a project into sub-blocks using
multiple files. It discusses header files necessary to
make this work.
As part of the header file discussion the module also introduces prototypes which are
necessary for header file operation.
In addition casting
is presented (or how to make the compiler do what you want it to do!).
The rest of the circuit for the curve tracer is presented and the PC
software to show the graph is available for download.
project file structure.
What are the system requirements?
You can take this course using any Windows based PC system (to run
the programming software and compiler). The MikroC compiler
from micrkelectronica is used in its free mode (outpout to 2kHex) bytes
which is plently to demonstrate all C operations.
What happens if I have a question or want to make a comment on
Each course module page has a feedback form where you can post
What if I don't have any hardware ready?
You can use the simulator built into the compiler - with this
can easily step through the code and see the code operation and
How is the course delivered?
You will receive an email delivering you a secure link to the course
What is the duration of the course?
You can take it as fast or slow as you like.
You will have access to all the module pages, videos and
refence manual immediately after purchase.
What software is needed?
You only need the programming software and compiler. You also need to
adobe pdf reader (link provided in a module). You also need
Shockwave Flash installed into your browser. MikroC from
mikroelectronica is used in its free mode (2k Hex bytes) - you do not
need to buy it. Programming software comes with a PIC
programmer such as the pickit2.
Do I need High speed Internet
access to do this course online?
The course pages are the same as any other Internet page so you can
use dial up if you need to. Note while it is easy to use the
internet if you don't have access all the time you can download the
pages using the built in browser menu operation "File Save As" to save
the module pages to your hard disk.
are the other course features ?
course uses a modern
microcontroller the 16F88 which has six
internal peripherals including a USART, ADC and a PWM generator.
The 16F88 a very good
for all kinds of
This course is a great
introduction to this powerful processor.
show you how to setup
and use the programmer and compiler.
With these videos you will learn the applications
before you use them for 'real'.
source code window shows the code while you read the
"A Very good tutorial"
A very good tutorial for starting in
MicroC and PIC microcontrollers !
Rating: 1 Excellent
Maksim (msurguy <at> gmail.com )
project is built up incrementally so you can easily make the
project work as there is code to test out each circuit at
- Downloadable Hex and source code
file included: "Ready
and project files: "Ready
and change the project for your own use.
free bonus C reference manual contains practical
advice (that you won't find anywhere else) for using the
microcontroller as well as C syntax examples.
this course worth ?
"A very well written C course"
you for a very well written C course. I have
read the course material and a lot of what I have
been trying to learn is making sense after seeing
the way it is used in real life.
Rating: 1 Excellent
William Thorsen ( billthorsen <at> sbcglobal.net )
Microcontroller Reference manual (included)
C programming course (included)
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Tutorial 1 (included)
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