This is (going to be) a easy tutorial for starting out with basic AVR programming, and also a reference collection so that it sits in one place on the site
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This set of notes does have some prerequisites. It requires two important sets of knowledge:
- You must know how to use the command line for your OS, either Terminal (Mac, Unix) or cmd/DOS (Windows).
Here is a tutorial for Macs
Here is one for Linux (Ubuntu)
Here is one for Windows
- You must know how to program, preferrably in C.
The fact is, most microcontrollers are programmed in C, its a lightweight programming language that is well suited to the restrictive environment. You can also do many of these examples in BASIC but I doubt I'll have time to put up those versions
Here is a tutorial
I learned C about 12 years ago from a book that came with a CD and had lots of examples, I think it was "Learn C in 21 days" or some nonsense. It doesn't matter how you do it, but this tutorial assumes that you know what a for loop is and how bit-wise arithmetic work, etc.
You also need to be able to convert hex, binary and decimal (using a calculator).
Microcontrollers are tougher to program because there is limited debugging capability.