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by JWinters
Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SF and the future
Replies: 57
Views: 23519

Jason, just curious which compiler you chose to use?
Not only did I switch from SF to C, but I went from 18F to 24 series.
I use Microchip's C30 compiler. It was free and there is a nice forum to ask questions.
by JWinters
Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SF and the future
Replies: 57
Views: 23519

I've finally made the switch to C as well. It took about 4 attempts over the years to finally make the switch stick. I was always finding excuses to try out another BASIC package. There are still things I don't know how to do in C, but I'm muddling through and learning more every day. One thing I ne...
by JWinters
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SF and the future
Replies: 57
Views: 23519

Crisis averted, thanks for the update!
by JWinters
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SF and the future
Replies: 57
Views: 23519

I tried out that Website Downloader. It took a while on a very fast connection. I managed to get most of the forum. Unfortunately, without the PHP backend it's not in any kind of searchable format. It's just html files of every post. Better than nothing I guess.
by JWinters
Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SF and the future
Replies: 57
Views: 23519

If someone wants to backup the forum and website, they need to do it ASAP.

This domain is due to expire on July 17, 2010. Who knows if it will be here on July 18th.
by JWinters
Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SF and the future
Replies: 57
Views: 23519

I tried to get to the website today and it was down for a few minute. I thought maybe it was down for good. It eventually came back, but it made me wonder about the possibility of this site truly going away. It wouldn't surprise me if it happened. If "someone" neglects to renew the domain, we'll be ...
by JWinters
Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How close is the Swordfish 24F compiler?
Replies: 63
Views: 24566

I have to make a living, and it's not through Proton.
How is it that no one can make a living from selling PIC compilers? The market must be so much smaller than I thought.
by JWinters
Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How close is the Swordfish 24F compiler?
Replies: 63
Views: 24566

As much as I like the ease of BASIC, I've switched to the C30 compiler for 24 series development. It's been a slow start but I'm getting the hang of it. It's not that C is all that tricky; it still uses the same programming concepts as most other languages. The hard part is learning a new IDE, a new...
by JWinters
Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: Compiler
Topic: help! :)
Replies: 7
Views: 3355

I do this with some of my code. To make it easier, I put the dynamic parameters in the bootloader instead of the main app. I have a little custom VB6 utility (old school, I know) that replaces the parameters and makes a new HEX. I can't say it was easy... I'm just saying it's possible.
by JWinters
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Compiler
Topic: Newbies: think twice about using Swordfish for new projects.
Replies: 21
Views: 10059

Maybe you should PM David rather than jumping the gun? From my point for view, I've been more than patient. Initially I just thought I was bad at writing code and I even avoided labeling the odd behavior of the compiler as 'bugs'. I didn't want new users being scared away by posts about compiler bu...
by JWinters
Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Compiler
Topic: Newbies: think twice about using Swordfish for new projects.
Replies: 21
Views: 10059

Newbies: think twice about using Swordfish for new projects.

I'm almost certain that Swordfish is no longer officially supported. Moderators don't even bother to delete spam in this forum anymore. Things were great when I first started using SF for simple projects... the SF community was growing and issues with the compiler/libraries were getting addresses in...
by JWinters
Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Little problem with controlling servo`s
Replies: 4
Views: 2585

With an analog servo, removing the signal wire will just cause the servo motor to swing free. If the servo isn't pushing much force, the friction in the gears will be enough to hold the position. If not, the servo will move around. An analog servo needs to be pulsed continuously. For example, it mig...
by JWinters
Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Little problem with controlling servo`s
Replies: 4
Views: 2585

If you are using the standard analog PWM servos, you may see better results from a digital servo. With a digital servo, you only need to send the pulse once to change position and the holding torque is much higher. It might be enough to keep your servo from jittering.
by JWinters
Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Compiler
Topic: Is it me ????? compiler float issue!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2254

I remember this happening to me. I couldn't compare floating point numbers in conditional statements and get them to work correctly. I ended up just using a WORD instead and converting the number later.
by JWinters
Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: IDE
Topic: Lothar Stoltz ICD
Replies: 9
Views: 6361

I use a PICKit2. But I don't have it integrated into the SF IDE. I use the PICKit2 GUI app. The GUI has an option that allows it to monitor a HEX file. When that HEX file changes (after a compile), the GUI detects it and writes the new program to the PIC. Works pretty nicely. I bought a PICKit3 thin...