PIC18F4550 Programming and Tutorial Hardware C

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PIC18F Microcontroller Programming Tutorial

Tutorial Introduction

Welcome, here in this tutorial series we are going to learn some common methodologies for programming a pic18f. The tutorials here must be perfect to get you started with pic18f microcontroller. We are going to learn about the basics and various details that you need to consider while programming a pic18f microcontroller. For making life easy I have also attached relevant coding examples with explanation with each chapter of the tutorials that I am going to show.

This tutorial is compiled for beginners with pic18f microcontrollers, who wish to learn microcontroller coding in Hardware C. We are also going to see the software tools, understand Microcontroller pin diagram, Ports and its relevance, Programming and relevant data sheet of the microcontroller, and I will also explain where and what to look for in a datasheet, as it can be confusing for beginner. Please do to complain if you find the tutorial a bit lengthy, but shortcuts are never good choice. A navigation menu on the Top must be helpful for you to switch between topic and chapters.

How many ways to program a Microcontroller?

There are many ways or styles to code a simple microcontroller program. What is really necessary is to develop a perfect and good coding habit or methodology while you code, to avoid confusion. For doing a same logical operation there can be multiple ways in Hardware C. It will help you to optimize the coding you do.

 Here I am going to explain some base line methods and also some common practices that you need to follow while coding a pic18f microcontroller with suitable examples. There can be hundred of ways of writing same code; I will just try to cover some of the basic styles to get you started, from Simple to complex ways. Once you understand the basics then it must be quiet easy for you to navigate your own imagination and make the microcontroller respond according to your wish.  I will try to explain each and every block with simple and easily understandable format. I would also try to avoid Complex terms whenever it is possible.

Why Pic18f Microcontroller ?

Pic microcontrollers are comparatively inexpensive and easy to find, there are also other microcontrollers Like Arduino Board which are little bit costly. Unless you want to spend too much for you projects, pic programming kit would be perfect to get you started. PIC18F is easily available and very powerful and quiet capable microcontroller which can easily enable you to add some Logic and Intel to your projects. All you need is a Microcontroller, An IDE and a Microcontroller programmer Like pickit2 or JDM.PIC18F4550 Programming and Tutorial Hardware C schematic

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PIC18F4550 Microcontroller Programming

For our hardware C programming tutorial we are going to use a PIC18F4550 microcontroller. PIC18F4550 is a 40 pin microcontroller by microchip and it has been a favorite microcontroller in between microcontroller hobbyist. You can easily switch over to pic18f2550 microcontroller as well, with little modification in the code. However we are going to focus on pic18f4550 microcontroller for our tutorial with hardware C. After writing and understanding microcontroller Code we are going to upload the code into the microcontroller using hardware programmer.

If you wish to know in general about microcontroller when you can visit my What is a Microcontroller post. That should get you some basics of Microcontroller itself. For writing out first code we will need a microcontroller IDE and a Compiler to compile the microcontroller program.

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