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Getting started with Embedded Systems

Hey everyone,

I have planned to document all the small electronics projects that I do in my free time so that it would be of some use to all the beginners of the same interest as mine. I may not be regular in posting new stuffs, but I will try my level the best to post the most optimized content of what I have  done. When I was a beginner, I found many blogs really useful, which actually made my learning curve smooth. I am no professional. (which I should have said a few lines earlier). I am a student and I am learning in the course of sharing my knowledge. Any thing I say -or write to be pressie-  has gone through a lot of thinking and testing so my posts won’t be totally misleading but they may not be always correct. Any constructive criticism is always welcome. (that means, go ahead and punch me in the nose 🙂 )

embedded systemI have seen and worked professionals of this domain, and I strongly believe that spoon feeding is one thing that spoils Engineers the most. So in this blog I will never be giving out entire code for the  project. So please don’t mistake me. I have learnt form my teacher that,

a person asking for the entire source code for a project is just any other guy, trying to impress some one with his apparent geek-ish skills but not really or a developer/designer

But still I do believe in knowledge sharing open sourcing. So I will try to give you as much support that it takes for you to to ‘DO‘ stuffs yourself than just replicating what others have done. So if you are still having the ‘where-is-the-damn-code‘ kind of an idea, then I strongly recommend you to Google for some spoilers.

As you may already know Electronics is a Vast field of study for any one person to be fully well versed in all the fields it has, so I have decided to stream my thoughts and interest into a few particular fields such as the Embedded system Design, Robotics, Power Electronics and  computer programming (least to an extent up to which an electronics Engineer should know). So if your line of interest does not come into these category, then I’m sorry.. You are out of the scope of my knowledge. But there are other means of resources. Continue googling until you find a proper ‘trusted‘ resource.

And lastly my observation over the couple years of scavenging the internet, is that there are a lot if resources that are flawed. For example, there seems to be two datasheets for LM339-quad-comparator circulating all over the place.. 🙂 I am not trying to imply that my content is flawless, for that matter nothing in this world is foolproof (a lesson that I learned the hard way)  I am just saying that bloggers are humans and there is a higher possibility of error. When it comes to electronics prototyping and testing what the Datasheet (or spec sheet as some people call it) says is final. Always read the datasheet before doing anything with the component.

Lastly, in the embedded world there are a lot of stuffs that can go wrong. So try to know the pitfalls before you fall and try to avoid them. For example, in embedded systems there could be a problem with hardware but you might be going round and round your software till you go crazy -in-my-case- or just loose hope and drop the idea/project. The problem could be the other way round too. The worst thing that can happen is you might loose hope of ever completing any given task. So the rule of the thumb is to design the hardware properly with the proper design practices that should be the primary object of any designer, cause if you are going to build system and write its firmware and the ‘hardware’ itself was flawed… then there is no use going ahead. Be smart and ‘work smart‘, its way better than what they call the ‘work hard‘ analogy.

So lets get started… browse through the articles of embedjournal. You can read more about me here.

About Siddharth

Siddharth is a Firmware Engineer, techie, and a movie-buff. His interests include, Programming, Embedded Systems, Linux, Robotics, CV, Carpentry and a lot more. At times, you could see some of his sunday projects converge on release quality. You get to know him on the following social channels.

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  • I am newer in electronics and too much interested in it will you help me.
    I belong to pakistan and here RF controller modules are not available easily will you help me.

    • Ali, please let me know how I can help you. I don’t have any idea on sellers at Pakistan, but I think almost any mid size electronics store will stock some RF transceiver module.

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