Thursday, September 12, 2013

Using Geany as IDE for JALv2 language

Until recently I used Piklab as IDE for JALv2/jallib, but I wanted something simpler and easier to configure. So I found that Geany IDE, which use gtk+ libraries, meets my requirements.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Electronics CAD with Inkscape

This project was accepted into Google Summer of Code for 2013. Hopefully, at the end we will have the possibility to use Inkscape to draw electronic schematics and design the pcb with no restrictions regarding to shapes - you can be as creative as possible.

Inkscape can already be used as a CAD application for generating g-code sources for CNC Routers, thanks to this plugin. So, "Electronics CAD" is what is missing to have a complete solution for homebrew PCBs.

Can't wait to test it when it is done!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pic Micro Pascal 2.0 - a fantastic alternative to commercial compilers

Philippe Paternotte is working from some time at the 2.0 version of Pic Micro Pascal, and that means a completely rewritten engine which will provide full dead code removal among other things. I recommended PMP in the past to many friends and strangers on the web but I don't know how many ended up adopting it, and the main obstacle was the absence of DCR. Well, is no more the case!

Monday, March 26, 2012

PIC32 Pinguino MX220 just arrived

Considering how many projects Olimex started almost same time, didn't expected the board to arrive so soon. After I opened the envelope, I was surprised to see how small is the little cardboard box. Well, the board looked even smaller :) . I like the fact that I can choose what type of connector I can use for shielding, breadboarding or just connecting wires.
Can't wait to make some time for this little board.

Thank you Olimex!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

gEDA tools, gschem and PCB, a team not for beginners

I made some projects with PCB in the past but never using gschem - were about small projects. But is "dangerous" without a net list. So, I started a dummy project to try them again.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

cpik PIC18F C compiler is moving again!

Update: you can download the new version 0.6.0-2 from author's site.

Things started to move again for cpik C compiler!!! cpik is an open source C compiler for PIC18F microcontrollers. How it differ from SDCC? It is a "native" PIC18F C compiler - this means that it was specially written for Microchip 18F microcontrollers and, not an adaptation as is SDCC which was written primarily (and continue to be developed mainly) for another type of microcontroller. I may say that cpik is the only open-source native C compiler for PIC18F microcontrollers.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

The new EasyPIC 7 board from mikroElektronika

Finally, a much better design. With version 6, the team only demonstrated that they can make pretty boards but now is definitely something else (they named the previous one "such an amazing board as EasyPIC6"  - a little bit embarrassing in my opinion). I see some important points on the new design: