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Matt's Tips: Embedded Programming with C - Beginners Resources

When reading PSoC Creator survey responses, I often I see a comment like “I’m interested in beginning C training”.  My background is in Computer Engineering with an emphasis on VLSI, so C is one of those things I’ve used for a while and don’t generally have cause to look for introductory material.  Having said all that, I see many of my EE brethren (Mechanical Engineers too!) moving from the digital or analog circuit design world into the land of embedded systems programming. Additionally, if you’ve been writing code targeted for a desktop PC or Linux workstation, you’ll find a completely different animal when you need fit your code into 8Kb.

So, I asked around and compiled this small list of resources to get you started. I’m hoping to see some comments from people who have good (or bad) experiences with some I haven’t listened.  Here’s my current list. Feel free to email me with your favorites (mdl@cypress.com or psoc_creator_feedback@cypress.com).

http://www.learn-c.org/ - A free, interactive C tutorial (nothing to even download).  There are some advanced sections as well.

A Beginner’s Guide and more is offered by Udemy here - https://blog.udemy.com/c-tutorial-learn-c-in-20-minutes/

http://www.cprogramming.com/ (C++ stuff here too)

C Programming for Embedded Microcontrollers by Warwick A. Smith (Basic C programming + ARM)

There are several books/classes listed here: How to Become an Embedded Systems Geek by The Embedded Muse.

Many universities, community colleges, and training organizations have live C courses, some even have C/embedded programming classes.  For example, Embedded Software Bootcamp from the Barr Group.

I don’t recommend learning C just by looking at example code.  However, looking at examples is very helpful for some.  Almost all PSoC Creator components have an example to go with them.  Just right click over the component.  See the Screenshot below. 

In PSoC Creator 3.3+, you can also browse all the example projects from the File->Code Example menu.  See the screenshot below.

Long-time C programmers will tell you that for a C reference, K&R is the Bible.  And, if you just want a quick reference, you Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_syntax

If you are interested in the 8051 specifically, you may want to check out Embedded C.

--Matt Landrum (mdl@cypress.com)

 

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sd's picture

Awesome resources.  I am an EE for 15 yrs - yes desktop, mobile and now just getting into C programming.  I see PSOC and such as the future of IOT. 
Thanks again-

awneil's picture

Here are some 'C' learning and reference materials that I've collected over the years:

http://blog.antronics.co.uk/2011/08/08/so-youre-thinking-of-starting-wit...

 

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MattLandrum's picture

It's probably time for another update to this. If anyone else has suggestions, please email me at mdl@cypress.com (I don't get notified when someone comments here, I just have to come check).

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