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about the bootloader for PIC18f452

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mplab pic18f452 bootloader

hello guy,
I am undergraduate and want to learn about the bootloader of the PIC18f452. I am the beginner to the PIC world, not just PIC 18f452, so my question my be silly.

1) After do some google search, i found that there is many software used for programmin the PIC18f452. There are two software i am target: MPLAB IDE and ICPROG.
a)I intend to use c language for programming so i need c compiler. As a result, what type of software i should use? I prefer the freeware and it can have same function like MPLAB IDE.

b) By the way, is it MPLAB IDE a freeware or shareware. I google search and found some are free and some is not.

2) I want to build a bootloader/programmer circuit on my own for PIC18f452. i had following question regarding the bootloader.

a) Is the circuit for bootloader is different when we used different software for programming? For example, bootloader for MPLAB IDE and ICPROG are different?Or they are same?

b) are the bootloader circuits will different if we use different type of programming language ? ie: assembly and C language.

c) I found the bootloader from this site:
can it used for download the c language program from PC to PIC18f452?

3) Can somebody share thier bootloader circuit schematic build by their own with me? It should be stable, realiable and low cost. It can used for c language programming.

Thank in advance.

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