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  • Mike GreenMike Green Posts: 22,647
    edited May 9 Vote Up0Vote Down
    As I recall, MELabs' PICBasic was a fair functional replacement for the BS1 at the time when Parallax had already developed the BS2 (and maybe some of its successors). By the time MELabs added some of the features of the BS2 line, Parallax had moved ahead as well. I used PICBasic for a project or two and it was never as easy or convenient to use as the Basic Stamps. You really had to have at least a little familiarity with the PIC instruction set and PIC assembly language to use PICBasic for anything complex. Debugging was also more difficult than with the Basic Stamps. My general impression was that it mostly worked. On the other hand, Parallax's stuff worked well, was well documented and well supported.
  • blah PIC blah

    Day 1 and already 15 posts. 35 more to go...

    I am the Master, and technology my slave.
  • Mike GreenMike Green Posts: 22,647
    edited May 10 Vote Up0Vote Down
    @microcontrolleruser,
    Yes, no PIC development at present or anytime since lawsuit ... won't happen. Very reasonable to want to change dynamic by developing their own intellectual property. Parallax owns it and controls it. Chip is self-taught in IC design, debugging with scanning electron microscope. Propeller 1 design has not needed revisions. Propeller 2 design has had lots of input from community and has gone through major revisions ... looks pretty solid now, but it's not done until it's done.

    Sometimes going in a new direction can be very freeing. You don't have to do it, but don't be surprised if you find very few followers when you choose an old direction.

    @The_Master
    OK, you've made your point

  • 'You don't have to do it'

    Thank you.Yes.I'm locked in at the present on a big project.

    Respond to some of your other points in a minute.

    WANTED STAMP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD

    Basic Stamps,SX's and PIC's all share common characteristics.

    'Are you ready to move up to an SX?'-Parallax

    SX28 is drop in replacement for PIC16F57
  • I think Spin is the Basic for Propeller.
    ... only better! :) (But not as fast as PropBasic.)

    Unless you use fastspin, of course :)
  • ersmith wrote:
    Unless you use fastspin, of course :)
    Right!

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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