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USMCinfinity wrote: »
Can you give me an example of something that could be achieve with the Prop and not with the Arduino? Keeping it relatively simple.
The best thing for Propeller adoption in education would probably be an all-in-one USB powered board that has on-board RC networks for ADC and that accepts some type of plug-in module ("shield") rather than requiring any type of individual component connection. Basically, a Prop board that only requires the student to be concerned about code and makes all of the electronics "idiot-proof".
John Abshier wrote: »
Advantages of Arduino: Cheap. Arduino programming environment hides much of the complexity of AVR C compiler and AVR chip. Language is basically C and most educators have been exposed to C. Has ADC built in.
Advantages of Propeller: Much more powerful. Almost any pin can be used for any purpose. Hub ram can be either program code or variables. No interrupts. And many more.
After the Vietnam war and American officer said to a North Vietnamese officer, "You never defeated us in battle." The Vietnamese officer replied, "That is immaterial." The Arduino is good enough for the introductory microcontroller course. You can read buttons, light LEDs, control a motor/servo, play a tone on a piezo buzzer, read a pot or write to an LCD. The fact that it cannot do lots of things that a Propeller can do easily doesn't matter because those things are not lab assignments.
What should a Propeller lover do? Build the projects that turn you on. Show them to your friends, teachers, club members, etc. Even better, get it published in a magazine, news letter, or web site. Eventually, they will see that the Propeller is a great chip.
My experience has been that people think that if the Propeller is so powerful, then it must be too hard for mortals to use.