# Need help selecting a PICmicro C Compiler, need advice!

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#### tvincent

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Hi All

I am new to this EDAboard and think it is very informative. What is the most common or best PICmicro C Compiler for 16Fxxx and 18Fxxx. I have been looking into CCS, which seems to be a bit expensive. What does the group think or feel about Boostc? EBAY usually has it for around $50-$60. I do have PIC C18, but would like to program the 16F8xx family. Any suggestions would be helpfull or any recommended books on C.

Thank you for your kind cooperation

Thomas

#### PaulHolland

Look for Sourceboost http://www.sourceboost.com/ BoostC Standard License US \$29.95 !!. very good product for a good price. CCS has many many bugs and is non-ansi C standard so you get mad programming it. It also has many bugs so that code compiled does not do what you expect due to C compiler bugs !!..

#### tvincent

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Thank you Paul

I thank you very much to help answer my question. I recently purchased a book "Embedded C Programming and the Microchip PIC", the book comes with a student version of the CCS C Compiler. CCS is very popular, but I don't know if it's a true ANSI compatable C compiler? In any event, I like Assembler and wanted to try C. So I'm leaning toward Boostc and Microchips C18 C Compiler. I already have C18 compiler by Microchip. I will probably order Boostc Full ver. So some how ... I need to obtain a better understanding of embedded C Programming. Sorry for the Question. This appears to be a very Controversial subject. Each individual has a different opinion. Thank you again. I honor your oppinion very much!

Thank you for your time and recommendation.

Thomas

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