- By: Education Published: 09 July, 2015 4 comments
With the release of the ActivityBot and the Propeller C Learning System, Parallax set a goal to provide more entry-level support for our customers. Part of this goal was to create a modernized, C-language version of What’s a Microcontroller?, the well-loved introductory BASIC Stamp programming text we introduced over 15 years ago.
Several months ago, Parallax CEO Ken Gracey promised our customers that we were close to releasing Chapters 1-6 of the new What’s a Multicore Microcontroller? (WAMM, as we tend to refer to it), and we are pleased to make good on that promise today.
This sneak-peek release of chapters 1 through 6 introduces electronics, circuit-building, and programming concepts in tandem through hands-on activities, and though it closely parallels the original, there is a chapter dedicated to multicore programming specifically. Andy Lindsay is working hard on finishing the last chapters of the book in between events in his summer Educator Course schedule; completion is anticipated before the end of this year (2015). This preview version is available as a free PDF download, and the example C programs are available to download as well (see links below). To get you started on the activities in Chapters 1-6 we’ve also released the Propeller Activity Kit Parts (#130-32950), which includes all of the components need for the activities (Propeller Activity Board and programming cable sold separately).
We’d like to offer a huge thank you to our community for your patience these past few months.
Educators, there will be a detailed Teacher’s Guide written by customer John Kauffman, released soon for these initial 6 chapters.
-The Parallax Education Team