Brave and thoughtful post by Paul… It’s really cool he posted about this and his journey!
I’ll admit it… I trash talked the Arduino platform. I’ll also admit that any comments I made were entirely unfounded. Like other people I know, I equated the Arduino platform’s simplicity with “restrictiveness” and “cheesyness.” I don’t know why, but I kind of viewed it as the “VB” of microcontroller programming (ie: good for n00bs, but really bad otherwise). I used to laugh at people who had their little toolboxes with their cute cut-to-length wires and kits.
Well, I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong, and my skewed (and unfounded) opinions of the Arduino have now vanished. Instead of equating the Arduino platform with “VB” rather than something cool like C# or F#, I now view it as a type of mini .NET platform. My main concerns with the Arduino were the fact that the hardware was standardized to work properly (at the time I was playing with specialized chips like the AT90CAN32) and the fact that there is a bootloader on the chip wasting space. Read more…
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