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7 Years And 250 Posts

It’s been a slow journey, but I’ve blogged my way to 250 posts over 7 years.  I am trying to post more frequently, but it’s not easy.

I recently did a guest post on Panasonic PLCs for a blog which is always worth checking out, the Automation Primer.

I promise I’ll be getting back to my Robot Primer series soon; I’ve been learning a lot, having fun with the Denso WinCaps III simulator, and learning to do simple movies.

In the fall, I plan on doing multiple posts on two topics:

  1. Practical advice and tips on Panasonic PLCs
  2. Test drives and comparisons of ARM Cortex-M4 boards.

I’d like to be able to do some other automation and embedded posts (like PCB tools for automation professionals, some fun servo motor stuff, and maybe even some Arduino motion topics), but it will be challenging to find the time.



1 Frank { 06.10.14 at 4:59 am }

Congratulations on 250 posts! People don’t realize the effort it takes to write articles consistently over years regardless of what else life is throwing at you…

I am hoping to pick up some tips on Arduino. I picked up a kit a few months ago but haven’t had time to mess with it yet. I also have a bunch of Tibbo hardware I have been meaning to play with. There is a huge hole in my knowledge when it comes to microcontrollers.

Again, thanks for all of the cool tech info!

2 Tony { 06.10.14 at 3:58 pm }

Hi Frank,

Thanks for your kind words. Seriously, learning Arduino and Tibbo is a professional investment: they’re good tools that could come in handy.

Although I am not planning on getting any Tibbo products because I loathe almost all BASIC variants, I can see where they could be pretty useful (especially the programmable serial port to Ethernet boxes).

Arduino is a good start for embedded, because it’s been simplified and there is so much support. BTW, it’s a very little bit like Structured Text, in that the code in the Loop procedure is run continuously (basically scanned like a PLC).

I’ll be doing a little Arduino code soon because I need to do some examples before I send my nephew some more Arduino goodies (including a motor shield and a couple Pittman brush motors), so hopefully I’ll manage to write a post about my experiences sometime this summer.

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