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I prefer CCS PCWH. I think it's the easiest to use and it has a lot of built in libraries and functions. It is much easier to use than HI TECH. The "Code Wizard" is a really nice feature to start a new project very quickly and easy.
Yes I do have it but it is a purchased item for work and unfortunately my boss would not appreciate it being passed around.
If you are just doing hobbiest type stuff, version 2.42 will be sufficent and you can find that all over the place. If you are gaining money from it , then I would puchase it because it becomes a tax write off.
I prefer to use assembler.
It is not really hard to learn for the POC and there is a lot of example code available on the web.
Furthermore it is free!!!
I tried Picbasic but did run into some interrupt troubles. Knowing the solution in assembler I jumped back to assembler and feel very comforatble with it. You have full control of the processor and YOU determine what will happen and when it will happen.
The basic version of the same software did show me that a lot of program memory and ram were used for only 6 lines of code in basic!!
Don't feel very comfortable with that.
I agree ccs is quite simple to learn if you can write code in c/c++.There are many instant functions specified for pics.But i think it is a little buggy.Sometimes it can produce ridiculous codes and buggy menus.I hope they will fix it.
I have over 20 years experience in programming and could say "Stop wasting your time with assembler!". After I moved to C my productivity jumped 5-7 times!!! And after I started to work with SA*L*VO R*TOS the jump was the same like from assembler to C.
For sure the best C compilers are not CC*S, but I*AR and HiT*ech. Look at the prices - they speak for this.... I tried all of them and could say that I*AR and HiT*ech are the best.