Southend-on-sea, Essex United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 09, 2011 -- The PIC C Programming Course has now been fully updated to meet the requirements of the new MikroC Compiler (MikroC PRO V5.00) but the course has been kept at the same price as before making it possible for anyone with an interest in electronics to learn how to easily use microcontrollers as a part of their design.
The PIC C Course has been running for several years now and has allowed hundreds of people to learn C very easily at a price that is affordable for anyone. Instead of charging $670 for a 3 day seminar a student will only pay one tenth of that to fully learn C.
Costs are kept low by offering the course as a digital download that is instantly supplied online.
The key method that makes this course different from any other is that C is taught using hardware examples from the start. The idea is that a student gathers together the required hardware (very common components so that anyone in the world can get hold of them) and then the student wires up the circuits exactly as shown in the schematics. Then the student programs in the supplied programming file and observes the hardware operating e.g. flashing an LED or transmitting serial data to a serial port (as the student progresses more complex C code and examples are supplied).
The student can then examine the C code and read the course material that explains exactly what the C code is doing and at the same time introduces key concepts in C programming. This is done at a gentle pace so that the student is not overwhelmed with information. In fact the course is split into 10 modules that can be taken as quickly or as slowly as required.
The student is also encouraged to experiment with the code to become familiar and confident in changing it and then re-compiling and re-programming the PIC device. As well as ensuring that the student is confident in these activities it also allows experimentation in changing C code and the advantage of this method is that the student is using code that is already proven to work i.e. the student is always starting with the solid foundation of a working system.
Offering a C Course requires use of a compiler and usually this would push up the course price but one very good compiler maker offers a compiler free for use when output below 2k hex bytes is created and this is sufficient to fully demonstrate and learn all C concepts. So essentially the course offers very good value for money and also offers use of a modern up to date compiler.
Recently the compiler was updated and so this course was updated to follow the changes made and is now compatible with MikroC PRO version 5.0 from Mikroelectronica.