[time-nuts] I want a good micro-controller

Robert Vassar rvassar at rob-vassar.com
Sat Aug 16 09:44:50 EDT 2008

On Aug 16, 2008, at 5:28 AM, GandalfG8 at aol.com wrote:

> Keeping it secular, what's with the PIC bashing?
> Surely it's a case of horses for courses, and there's been enough   
> successful
> commercial, as well as hobby, products based on PICs to suggest  
> you  might be
> just a wee bit out of touch with some parts of the real world:-)
> regards
> Nigel


> Oh good, they we can take your opinion on PIC's as that of an expert.
> -Chuck Harris

Gentlemen, I could not have made that more tongue-in-cheek!  It's a  
good thing this isn't about Python, the Amiga, or the obvious  
superiority of "vi", or I would have seen some real flames!

My opinion on PIC's is no more valid than my opinion on brands of  
car.  I can make some observations drawn from 20+ years of computing/ 
electronics hobby, and 15 years as a software professional.  But I am  
not a professional embedded systems engineer.  I can have entirely  
valid, well thought out reasons, but at the end of the day it's not  
much different than "I like VW, and I don't like Dodge".  I can go  
fetch groceries with either one.  To a professional, perhaps nothing  
of interest.  To someone contemplating buying one of the "PIC'n"  
books or building any kind of programmer that involves two 9 volt  
batteries, perhaps they will find my comments a useful warning.

As a member of the "brain damaged by Basic" generation, I mostly  
agree with Bill's comments regarding it's use. Yet I still keep the  
public domain 8052AH-BASIC image in my '51 code directory, and have  
fond memories of it's use.  The PIC is not alone in propagating that  
mistake, though they seem to be the last.



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