About the Course...
The course consists of focused, fast-paced, hands-on lessons that teach you how to program embedded microcontrollers in C. The course begins with the fundamentals, but gradually covers increasingly advanced concepts all the way to the contemporary modern embedded programming practice.
The course is specifically designed not just to be watched, but to be actively followed along on your own computer (Windows based PC) and a small, self-contained, very inexpensive evaluation board. This companion web-page provides the project downloads that you can open in a specific embedded toolchain and run on your PC at home.
The goal of the course is not just to teach C–other sources do it already quite well. But there are virtually no courses that would step down to the machine level and show you exactly what happens inside a microcontroller.
So, starting from Lesson 1 you will actually see how the ARM Cortex-M processor executes your code, how it manipulates registers, and how an embedded microcontroller can “do” things in the real world, such as turn on and off an LED.
This deeper understanding will allow you to use the C language more efficiently and with greater confidence. You will gain understanding not just what your program does, but also how the C statements translate to machine instructions and get a sense for how fast the processor can execute them. Also, you will get some familiarity with the ARM Cortex-M core, which will look really good on your resume.
The course has been going from January 2013, but it is never too late to join. Stay tuned…
The following list provides links to useful resources about the embedded board and the development toolchains used in the course.
Embedded Board: TivaC LaunchPad
Logic Analyzer: USB Logic Analyzer (8ch, 24MHz)
Some of the lessons in the video course use a logic analyzer to demonstrate various aspects of real-time code execution. One, very inexpensive option, is a clone of the CWAV USBee AX-Pro, but without analog (only 8-channel digital) sampling capabilities. The device is available under various brand names and prices (from $5 to $12):
PulseView Software from sigrok
The generic USB Logic Analyzer works with the open-source PulseView software from sigrok.org, which has version for Windows, Linux and macOS.