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Friday, August 31, 2018

Is Arduino good for a beginner in electronics?

Yes, I recommend it for absolute beginners!
As a beginner, I assume you have - what is called: enthusiasm! And you want to do A LOT of things fast, and cheap. Now, we have to consider that programming is easily approachable, since programmings is a discipline in schools, there are TONS or programming tutorials online, and a lot of codes for microcontrollers, which, in the case of Arduino (which is an AVR) are called sketches.
Simply, using the CODE, you can not only learn how the microcontroller - an important piece of electronics, with many disciplines in Universities studying it - can be approached by a young person with ease, no stress, and with an increasing enthusiasm, once you start doing SOMETHING with it, put it to work, discover its resources and possibilities.
Yes! Microcontrollers ARE electronics! Electronics are not just transformers, transistors, resistors, LEDs, etc. Electronics MEANS ALSO microcontrollers and CODE.
Once you discover the devices “hidden” inside the uC from Arduino, you will start working with its ADC(s), or with DAC(s), or with I2C, or with some of its timers, or its ALU, and more, you will start stepping in this NEW WORLD of electronics, WHERE the BRAIN is the microcontroller, the DSP, the Xilinx FPGA, and more, and the other SIMPLE ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS are just the ADJUVANT COMPONENTS these days, and NOT the main components. You will learn, that ALL these other components will reduce in a DC or transitory regime to a resistance at some point. But more important, you will learn about the digital logic, which offers an infinite number of possibilities, just by simply changes in the code.
Just as an advice: watch the power supply voltage, and avoid short circuits. Read the datasheet for the components you are using. Read the rated voltage for the capacitors, don’t work with voltages bigger than 20V or voltages connected directly to mains, take security measures if you work with higher voltages for avoid getting electrocuted. In rest, the “magic smoke” means you learnt something, components can be replaced.

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