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sr77
08-25-2011, 05:01 PM
Hello members:

We engineer hardware products that are built using Parallax processor. The firmware is written using SPIN. The engineer who worked on this is currently leaving and unfortunately we have no idea where to even begin to take over future development of these products.

Are there any engineers that are proficient in Propeller/ SPIN in the Phoenix area?

If you were recruiting for an engineer in this space; what kind of skills would you look for?

Any comments, suggestions and pointers would be extremely helpful.

-SR77

Martin_H
08-25-2011, 05:09 PM
Spin is not a hard language. It's close enough to other Algol family languages that someone familiar with C can pick it up fairly quickly. So find a good engineer who understands embedded programming and has a desire to learn Spin. Give them this book: http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Propeller-Spin-Processing-Electronics/dp/0071716661, a PC, and some time to read through it and try the examples. Point them to this forum if they have any questions.

Mike Green
08-25-2011, 05:10 PM
Contact Parallax Semiconductor. (http://www.parallaxsemiconductor.com/support/engineering) They will be able to help you.

Tor
08-25-2011, 07:20 PM
And with a QuickStart board, a USB stub cable, and a portable computer, the new guy can quickly practice Spin coding everywhere. I keep my board in a pocket, it's so small I don't notice carrying it around.

-Tor

sr77
08-25-2011, 08:44 PM
And with a QuickStart board, a USB stub cable, and a portable computer, the new guy can quickly practice Spin coding everywhere. I keep my board in a pocket, it's so small I don't notice carrying it around.

-Tor

Thanks for the pointers, folks. I am looking to see if we hire somebody permanently or on consulting basis where is relatively experienced in this area. That will save us a lot of ramp up time. Any ideas on that?

Mike G
08-25-2011, 08:50 PM
I live in Gilbert, AZ. Send me a PM if you like.

bill190
08-26-2011, 12:34 PM
Thanks for the pointers, folks. I am looking to see if we hire somebody permanently or on consulting basis where is relatively experienced in this area. That will save us a lot of ramp up time. Any ideas on that?

People who work on microcontrollers and electronics these days are sort of like medical doctors and their areas of specialization. Some may have more knowledge and interest in one thing, others something else.

With that said, if you could give as much detail as possible as to what is electrically connected to your Propeller microcontroller and what you want that microcontroller to do, then specific people here might be interested. Or could better lead you to people doing work in that specific subject area. Also say what work has been done and what work will need to be done to complete the project.

If you are willing to hire someone on a consulting basis, who would not need to live in your city, then that opens up a whole world of people who might be interested in working on your project.

As to specific subject areas... Some people might be interested in audio/sound, others display/human input, others storing of information, others servo motors/robotics, some IR, some cell phones and wireless, and on and on and on...