Arduino Log #1: Before Buying – Why & How?

Not sure where to start in Programming Electronics? Get one of these.

I have to admit, I love messing with things, so much so that I created this site, and with the popularity of small devices such as the raspberry pi with a full blown OS, it shows that people love these cheap development devices.

Arduinos however are slightly different, they’re built with single tasks in mind, which is perfect distraction-free way to get into the world of these little devices and learning the programming language that powers them, C/C++.

 

 

As a complete beginner, the recommended board today is the Arduino UNO R3, which can be connected to a PC via a USB Cable to jump straight into the action. However, it can be difficult to find an official version as the design of this is Open Sourced, so expect a lot of cheap versions to be on eBay, which in my opinion would be Russian Roulette if you get a decent clone of the board. For reference, the official current price is around £20/$20, with eBay auctions running as low as 1/4 of that.

I’ll be posting my experiences with the device and cool things that can be done with it over time on DuncsWeb, after all this is all about tips, tricks, tweaks and mods!