Last week I raved at just how much I love the STM32 Blue Pill. It’s my favorite microcontroller! Well, we have a new contender. Will the Raspberry PI Pico knock the STM32 Blue Pill from its pedestal? Find out in another action-packed Electron Injection Podcast episode. (rolled eyes)
#001 – The Arduino Programming Language Is Legit
Amongst hobbyists, engineers, and programmers there seems to be a great divide as to the validity of the Arduino Programming language (as seen in the Arduino IDE). To be fair, professional embedded C programmers drop down to the depths of register hell to squeeze every ounce of battery life or performance out of their microcontrollers. People digging the holes always lower the eyebrows at the people in the office. The factors that MIGHT matter for a given project are the speed of development, the efficiency of the code (in CPU cycles), and the compiled size of the code. I argue that for low-volume production (including hobbyist electronics projects) only one of these factors matter and it’s not code efficiency or file size.