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Post by CMH70 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:36 am

I am looking to purchase BoostC Full from http://www.sourceboost.com/home.html .......

now my question.. I am completely new to programming of any PIC's. Have limited experience with Basic. I want to use BoostC for my software to learn with and later for programming my chips for projects. Is this all the software I need to use to write and program my chips with? I do realize i need hardware but do not know which software to really go with.

I want to learn C

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Re: BoostC

Post by psycho » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:51 pm

I don't know about BoostC but, being someone who has used PICs for a long time, I would get a Microchip compiler instead. They have free versions - most of which are not time limited but rather, limited in the optimization after 30 days. They have excellent support and you can bet that any new devices will be supported because they mike the devices, too.

If you have not checked them out, go to:
http://www.microchip.com/compilers

They now own Hi-Tech C compilers - which they bought a few months back (maybe more than that - don't remember).

I used to use MokroPascal but now I only use Microchip compilers. They all work with MPLAB which makes switching devices/programmers/debuggers really easy!

Oh... And if you didn't know, MPLAB comes with a simulator built in :
http://www.microchip.com/mplab

Just my .02
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Re: BoostC

Post by CMH70 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:09 pm

Tanks Kevin, I will go check them out. The idea of a built in simulator sounds good also. :)

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Re: BoostC

Post by psycho » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:16 pm

And also the MPLAB download comes with an assembler/linker.

If you are not looking for the highest optimization, you can use the free version forever - I am sure there are restrictions on making a product for sale - you wwill have to read the fine print. But for the average guy just learning, you will be well served sticking with Microchip software - they update it frequently and they have forums with alot of people to help you out!

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Re: BoostC

Post by bodgy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:44 pm

If you really want to stick with Basic, look at the one provided by [url=http:\\www.mikroe.com]Mikroelectronika[/url], the unpaid for version has a 6K code limit (I think), once paid for code size is unlimited.
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Re: BoostC

Post by stevech » Mon May 03, 2010 9:53 pm

bodgy wrote:If you really want to stick with Basic, look at the one provided by [url=http:\\www.mikroe.com]Mikroelectronika[/url], the unpaid for version has a 6K code limit (I think), once paid for code size is unlimited.
Perpetually buggy.

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Re: BoostC

Post by bodgy » Tue May 04, 2010 12:09 am

[quote="stevechPerpetually buggy.[/quote]

Really? Is that the latest version or an earlier version?

What sort of bugginess?

I'm toying with the idea of their C for Pic24's
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Re: BoostC

Post by psycho » Tue May 04, 2010 10:19 am

I used MikroPascal for a long time and I didn't run into any major bugs. They do frequent updates. I still have their pascal compiler and I use it (but not very often).

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