[sdiy] Beginners guide to ATMEL programming?

Csaba Zvekan czvekan at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 10:14:36 CET 2008

Hi Julian,

C for PIC's and ATMEL is actually pretty easy  once you worked with it  
for a while. Like with everything practice,practice & learn.
I started out with http://mikroe.com  's Basic compilers then neared  
the C compiler. And the difference is mostly synthax.
But I am no expert there are people out there that do everything in  
Assembler which I don't think is very good idea for a beginner.
The  avrfreak.net  group would be the people you have to deal with ,  
when you choose Atmel. In my opinion they are not very nice and  
patient to newbies. But see how it goes.
I found Microchips support way better than the ATMELs . But since you  
have the dev. board already you might as well start with that.
Now you work yourself into the GCC libraries and learn C. Get yourself  
a book or print out the User manual and libraries of GCC for AVR.  
That's what I did.

Good Luck and Fun


On Nov 16, 2008, at 9:17 PM, Julian wrote:

> Learning how to program ATMEL devices is somthing that ive been  
> wanting to get to for some time, however, im not so sure where to
> start.
> I know there's going to be a lot of information about, but i thought  
> it best to ask here, as then ill specifically get answers from
> the knowledge pool of interest : )
> I have no background in C at all, however can often 'get the job  
> done' (all be it not elegantly) with perl (so i have a very basic
> understanding of such things, but nothing in-depth)
> I have an atmel SK500 programmer / dev board about, but have used it  
> for nothing other than writing other peoples .hex files to
> micros before.
> I have plenty of audio related ideas, but think it would be far  
> better to start with simpler midi / trigger devices?
> Anyway, anyone got any pointers / advice on where to start?
> Thank you, Julian
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