Hello, Propeller 2 Community:
Four new Propeller 2 Live Forum meetings have been added with registration links, below. The Zoom meetings seem to work very well as a weekly “system” and will continue long after the early adopter phase is complete. Inside Parallax, we’re currently a bit overwhelmed as we try to work towards a release in October or November. The tasks we hope to complete prior to release of the Propeller 2 include:
– Documentation and many code examples
– Integrating/evaluating how we’ll formally handle the important community software tools (C, Python, BASIC)
– Tracking and supporting the external hardware efforts (P2D2, P2Pal, etc.)
– Propeller Tool releases, with Chip’s graphical debug tools
– Object development including the ESP32, video, smart pins, etc
– Hosting these objects on GitHub in a useful manner [like we used to have with the OBEX]
– P2 Module design and manufacturing in Rocklin
– Starting up Mouser and Digi-Key distribution channels
Tell us what’s important to you. The feedback we’re receiving is that you want Spin2 objects and code examples, Smart Pin documentation, multi-platform tools, and of course a front end for the GitHub which people find more welcoming. This is a lot to do and there are only a few of us inside Parallax who can contribute but your feedback guides our efforts. The total Propeller 2 support will be from our efforts and community contributions.
The early adopter and developer community is of tremendous assistance to all future Propeller programmers. We are grateful and thankful for your involvement. Now, it’s time to read on and register for a bunch of Propeller 2 Live Forums!
P.S. How do we lure Dr. Tracy Allen or Phil Pilgrim into the Propeller 2 Live Forums?
Graphical Debugging with Spin 2 from Chip Gracey Wednesday, August 12th at 3:00 pm Pacific
Chip will introduce the graphical debugger for PNut which turns debug commands into graphs. The system is currently set up for eight channels and 16 displays. The tool has been prototyped and developed in PNut and will eventually be brought into the Propeller Tool for Windows. Chip will post a version of PNut before the presentation (provided he resolves the malware threats/solution he’s currently experiencing with Windows).
Each pin on the Propeller 2 can perform complex tasks independent of the cogs. There are 32 base modes including DAC/ADC, PWM, quadrature, measurements, triggering scope, USB, and serial. Cogs only need to interact with Smart Pins when transacting high-level state information. Groups of Smart Pins can be run in unison to simplify cog interactions. This presentation from Chip should answer the community’s need for examples. Jon Titus will join to show the current state of the documentation, too.
Everybody knows JonnyMac: the author, actor, coder, and inventor. JonnyMac has been a Parallax programmer for 25 years and is the creator of almost all of the Spin2 code objects in the Parallax GitHub. Jon has developed numerous commercial products using the Propeller 1 in the areas of laser tag, camera control, animatronics, and entertainment. He’s well-respected among his peers for producing professional, tested, consistent code examples and a useful code template. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to improve your programming practices and speed your own efforts, this is a Zoom meeting you won’t want to miss!
Prepare yourself for a full hour-and-half of education and QnA from Jeff and Michael! The first part of the presentation shows how to use the Propeller Tool for Windows, including where to get source code, specifying top files and managing directories and different compilation methods (plus a few little known tricks!). The second portion of the presentation introduces the WX Adapter for the Propeller 2 Evaluation Board, and how to configure the WX Module for wireless programming of the Propeller 2. The WX Module is in stock and shipping already; we hope to have the WX Adapter for the Propeller 2 Evaluation Board ready for shipment at least a week before this presentation so others may try the setup on their own systems.