PIC programming help.

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PIC programming help.

Okay, I need some help here. I'm interested in programming PIC micro controller's. I've been doing many experiments on the BASIC stamp II, but I don't want to use a $50 chip on one single project. So, I was wondering, what language are these chips programmed in, what programs do I need to compile and write the code to the chip, and what device do I need to program the PIC with? I don't know anywhere else to ask this question, and I'm very curious on how to program these things because I have a small one just lying around, I know what to do with it, but I don't know how to program it. So if anyone has any information, I would like you to share it with me. Thank you.

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You'll need an eprom burner t

You'll need an eprom burner that supports the particular PIC you'll be using, or there's plans online to build your own.

This link was the first hit in a Google search for "programming pic microcontroller" ::) and should answer a lot of your other questions.

$50 chip? Which one costs that much? Digi-Key has the 16f876 for about $8, and smaller pics for less than that.

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$50

The BS2 is the $50 chip I'm talking about, it's not a single standalone PIC, but it's on a board with a 5V regulator, an oscillator, and the EEPROM burning chips. All you have to do is connect the 4 pins in the front to specified pins on a standard PC serial port and then you can program it directly from there.
Click HERE for the BASIC stamp page.

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I'd go check out the forums a

I'd go check out the forums and wiki at midibox.org. There's loads of advice there for newbies, the wiki especially.

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