- The Sparkfun Tutorials - A good range of topics. I keep coming back to these guides, especially the Beginning Embedded Electronics ones.
- TI MSP430 Resources and Sites - My list of the 5 most useful (IMHO) resources for learning about the Texas Instruments MSP430 microcontroller and Launchpad development board, the cheapest way I know of to get into programming microcontrollers.
- Resistor Color Code - Since I like harvesting parts from junk electronics, it helps to have this to figure out the values of random resistors.
- Ladyada's How to Use Sensors - All the Adafruit Tutorials are useful, but I got the most out of this guide to various sensors.
- Teravolt goes into fundamental stuff, like What is Electricity?
- Arduino Stuff - I'm still learning the MSP430, but I intend to get an Arduino someday. I was reading up on Arduino's and contemplating buying one when the Launchpad was announced.
- Getting Started in Electronics - I <3 this book. I think it's written for kids, so it's great for a n00b like me. Highly recommended.
- IC Package Types - Came in handy when I was trying to figure out what kind of free samples to order from TI. It's the DIP's you want, if you're ordering msp430s for a Launchpad.
- Chris Meyer's List of Stores - For when you've got no choice but to order parts and tools. I hate spending money, but whaddya do? Electronics is a relatively expensive thing to get into, especially compared to software.
- The Electronics StackExchange - Stackoverflow is great site for general programming questions, and this is the place for asking general electronics questions that don't fit on more specific forums.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Electronics Crash Course Resources
I've been wanting to get back into electronics and microcrontroller programming lately, along with some of my other hobbies. It's been months since I got my TI Launchpad and did a few very small projects on it, like my LED chaser. I bought the TI FRAM Experimenter's Board and haven't done anything interesting using it yet, but I think I'll need an electronics refresher course before I try. I thought I'd share a collection of links to sites and books I found helpful when I first started messing with the Launchpad and electronics last year.