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Comment Re:$4.30 MSP430 Launchpad for starters (Score 1) 228

I started with arduino, and I had no microcontroller experience. The community, examples from the absolute ground up, and vendor (sparkfun, adafruit, etc) support is excellent. It all makes for a really enjoyable experience. Digikey and mouser get you parts fast. Ebay and random asian websites get you parts slow but cheap. If you want graphics (eg. TV, or monitor) though, best go with the pi. A pi costs less than an arduino graphics shield. Ethernet is doable at least.

Totally agree, Sparkfun and Adafruit are certainly Hobby friendly, I am still tempted to do some AVR work as they had a great tut on Sparkfun... Which reminds me of another reason I decided to dip my toes with the Launchpad - I do have a Pi and its GPIO voltage is the same as the MSP, so they seam to be a good fit. I haven't actually interfaced them quite yet, so I could still end up releasing the magic blue smoke.

Comment $4.30 MSP430 Launchpad for starters (Score 5, Informative) 228

I recently starting wanting to fiddle with Micro controllers for this or that and stumbled across the Texas Instruments Launchpad. For $4.30 delivered (yes including shipping world wide) you get a complete development board, 2 chips, some headers and the USB cable. TI have a free IDE you can program it with, or if you are on Linux you can use the MSPGCC command line tools, which I use. Its ultra low power - 3.3V - which means if you want to interface to 5V systems you may have to do a little homework, but other than that, their is no risk in ordering one to try out with the money you would have wasted on Starbucks. Order directly from Ti -

Comment Drupal is a good start (Score 1) 161

Starting of with Drupal is probably good. It should more than handle the load on without too much trouble if you need more horsepower. You can pretty easily setup up and configure users to add content and its not exceptionally difficult to code extensions or find a developer to hack something together. I think the fact that power users can make it do 80% of the work means you will save time on all but the most complex stuff.

Comment Re:A few things (Score 1) 151

I am fond on SVN and we use it at my current company - badly. If you have a choice I recommend git for a number of reason. 1) Git is way faster (on the command line) 2) Git has a single folder '.git' to do its bidding at the top of the project tree ( no .svn folder in every folder) 3) You don't need a central server. Each workspace is interested in itself and you tell it about other repositories. Typically you have an Origin for your code which is kind of like a central server but is just another folder. 4) Git commands and errors are way clearer than SVN - IMO You probably want to separate the tool out from the deployment plan. SVN or GIT can work equally as well for deployment, but you need a good plan. When it is well thought out golives are fun - not stressful. Git is cooler, they even wrote a song about it

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