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'[SX] Draft posted of Practical SX/B Parts I & II'
2007\07\19@175404 by slindsayn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, slindsay wrote:

Hello Folks,

Sorry for the delay, I've had some really sticky font-embedding difficulties that took a few days to diagnose and work around.


I have attached the working draft of Jon Williams' upcoming book Practical SX/B, Parts I & II, 118 pages. Part III is still being written.  The pdf page is 8.5x11, but the print area is formatted for the 7.5x8.5 book size.


As this is the recently-reformatted working draft, there will be typos and formatting glitches lurking in there.  Please direct techical questions to the author on this forum; general typos, formatting errata, and problems printing the document can be reported to me at editor@parallax.com.


Enjoy!


Stephanie Lindsay
Editor, Parallax Inc.

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2007\07\19@204357 by jugglern/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, juggler wrote:

Awesome! Thanks Jon!!   :yeah:  It's Christmas in July. :)
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2007\07\20@031505 by Professorwizn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Professorwiz wrote:

:p   :p   :p  
Thanks so much!!!

:p   :p   :p
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2007\07\20@093837 by CCraign/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, CCraig wrote:

Thanks Jon, Great Job!

Don't know if to post here: page 48, Blink6.SXB, the text doesn't match the code. In the program, VAR code = 3. In the text, it says VAR code is set to ZERO. Thus, the program does run. You fixed the program to have no bugs.

Now, IF you are having problems writing buggy code. I can help :)
I have lots of experience, just ask anyone.

Again, Great Job,
Chris
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2007\07\20@100207 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

Thanks, I'll have a look -- we have a lot of reviewing to do but didn't want to make you wait too long as I'm working on the projects section.

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2007\07\20@112254 by tsaavikn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, tsaavik wrote:

LOL @ (No assembly required!)
Sorry, I love bad puns :D
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2007\07\20@115545 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

Glad you enjoyed that -- though there are advanced projects that show how to integrate assembly (e.g., ISR driven serial comms); I do keep that to a minimum, though; the idea is just writing clean, effective, SX/B code and letting the compiler do the hard work for us.

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2007\07\28@103143 by johncouturen/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, johncouture wrote:

Jon, just read your book in the last week.  Great job!  
When referencing it in my class it is possible to jump to a specific page in the manual similar to HTML bookmarks?  In other words, if I refer to "Chapter 3" in your book with a hyperlink, is it possible to have it go right to that chapter?

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2007\07\29@125048 by johncouturen/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, johncouture wrote:

Jon,
Kool book, I'm adapting my course to follow it.  Thanks again!

Typos I noticed in the book:

1) sequence of topics in Table of Contents does not match book.
2) pg 1-30 ok
3) pg 31 shows Sec 4, LED blinker program but header at top of page shows sec 7 Multiple LEDs
4) Sec 7 header goes on until you actually hit sec 8 (pg 58)
And of course a couple of suggestions:
a) Include your "The Elements of SX/B Style" as an appendix b) Another suggested appendix might be a page of links that has links to all of the various books (i.e. see below) AND in big BOLD letters a link to a page showing that this appendix is updated as needed online (format the online page so that it can be printed and inserted in place of the appendix page).

Link Appendix / Page:
(Jon, I have these as HTML link if you want to save time)
SX/B Online Help
Beginning Assembler for the SX
Electrical Engineering Tutorial
Elements of SX/B Style
Williams, A. (2004). "Exploring the SX Microcontroller with Assembly and Basic Programming, Version 3.0", Rocklin, CA:Parallax
Applied Sensors, ver 1.3, 2003, Parallax
SX Programming FAQ, ver 2.0
"SX-Key Development System, Version 2.0". (2003). Rocklin,CA:Parallax
SX Users Manual ver 3.1
SX28 Datasheet
SX Quick Reference Card, 2007, G. Daubach
Practical SX/B, 2007, J. Williams, Draft ed.
Programming the SX Microcontroller, 2003, G. Daubach, $29.95 (link to store)
Best of SX Threads by Capt Quirk
Latest Version of SX/B
FAQ
SX Forum
SXList
SX Sim
List of NV articles highlighting the SX
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2007\07\29@134258 by kvwoodn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, kvwood wrote:

>>> 2) pg 1-30 ok
You missed one on page 10!

I already sent an email to Stephanie, so I'll leave it as a puzzle...

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2007\07\29@203432 by kgraceyn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, kgracey wrote:

John, Kevin, T'Saavik, Craig and others:

We really appreciate your input. You are helping us present the material the best way possible and speeding up the process through your contributions.

I can hardly wait for the projects [hint hint JonnyMac!]. Based on what he has provided so far and what I know about the projects, Jon has some good stuff on the way.

Ken Gracey
Parallax, Inc.

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2007\07\30@062245 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

Thanks for all the feedback, guys -- most of you know it's hard to see individual trees when standing in the middle of the forest.

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'[SX] Draft posted of Practical SX/B Parts I & II'
2007\08\09@110354 by Professorwizn/a
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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Professorwiz wrote:

P48, error, I think it might just be a wording error, if he states nothing different happens that would be correct instead of nothing would happen.

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2007\10\17@084006 by Professorwizn/a
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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Professorwiz wrote:

Any updates?

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2007\10\17@084529 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

We're getting close -- please be patient; this is the most difficult project I've ever taken on.

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2008\01\22@093147 by c-isaacn/a
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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, c-isaac wrote:

I just finished reading this....again.  Great book!  Any updates?

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2008\01\22@135941 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

I'm working hard -- it has grown beyond "No Assembly Required" and has some neat stuff in it (like Charlie-plexing, X-10 input, DMX, etc.).  The fact is that writing the book forced me to become a better programmer and I'm going to share what I've learned with you.  Thanks for your patience.

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2008\01\22@143412 by steve_bn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, steve_b wrote:

I hate to be a pest....any timeline?!

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2008\01\22@152042 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

Nope, but that shouldn't stop you from playing and experimenting -- which is part of the reason we've taken so long: as I worked with the SX every day (personally and professionally) I learned more things and it just seems that they should be in the book.

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2008\04\30@034601 by Professorwizn/a
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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Professorwiz wrote:

Any further developments on the book?

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2008\07\18@093934 by Professorwizn/a
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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Professorwiz wrote:

It's coming up on the 1 year anniversery of the first 2 sections.  Any updates on when (if) well see the 3rd?

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2008\07\18@103439 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

You will.  Question is... will you actually put it to use?  There is a goldmine of information in these forums provided by guys like Bean, PJV, et al -- that mostly gets ignored by those that are constantly asking questions.  Frankly, I don't get it....

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2008\07\18@105551 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

The fault mine: I have two jobs (engineer [EFX-TEK])/tech writer and actor/screenwriter) and this book has been more challenging that I could have ever imagined; if it was easy it would be done and I would have collected a check a long time ago.  The other issue we faced was a moving target (1.5 -> 2.0).  Ken and Terry and I met a little over a month ago, decided to update everything in the book to 2.0, locked the 2.0 feature set, and are moving forward.  We're closing in on the end but I won't predict a date that will probably just make you unhappy.  There's still editing and formatting to finish and printing a bound book is a lot of work in and of itself.

Yes, a lot of time has passed... but, really, what have you done to teach yourself?  In the book I say very plainly that experience is a better teacher than I am.  I know SX/B because I experiment with it every day -- the book is the result of my experiments and learning from great forum gurus like Bean, PJB, PJMonty, et al.  Pick up the compiler and code, man! ;)  Don't wait for a book to have a really great time with the SX.

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2008\07\18@110931 by Professorwizn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Professorwiz wrote:

JonnyMac,
I do understand where your coming from.  I work in a very busy machine shop (yep still some around,, and in Michigan too.)
The thing about having a book is that while experience can be a better teacher, by being prepared and reading on the subject you can make your time more effective while trying to learn new things.  There is no way I can spend more than a couple hours a week playing with the SX so I look for every advantage I can.

I appriciate your efforts in this. Thanks again for a great primer!

Russ
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2008\07\18@133617 by Rsadeikan/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Rsadeika wrote:

I thought their were two people that would be involved in writting books, whatever happened to the second person, and the book?

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2008\07\18@153422 by tsaavikn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, tsaavik wrote:

Patiently and eagerly awaiting the release :D
Ever since July 1st came up, I've been sitting on my hands trying not to ask if its out yet!

Just to let you know, we are still enthused to get it.

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2008\07\18@172358 by JonnyMacn/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, JonnyMac wrote:

That July date you saw was a typo -- in the meeting mentioned above Terry and I agreed it would take longer than that to finish 2.0 (done) and associated testing -- we feel good about that, too, but little things come up as beta testers really put the new compiler through its paces.

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2008\07\18@175855 by beann/a

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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, bean wrote:

And I want to thank all the Beta testers for finding the bug and for their suggestions.
I'm sure the book will be worth the wait.

Bean.

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2008\08\04@070637 by John Bondn/a
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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, John Bond wrote:

I really appreciate your ability to teach us programming skills and many hours of my experience is unlikely to equal 10 minutes reading your clear explanation.

You do yourself and the other forum members a great disservice by suggesting we can learn better just programming. From time to time, I take some utility you or Bean or PJV or PJMonty or GŁnther etc. have written and tried to recreate the program. When I have the program working, I compare my code with yours, counting the assembled instructions.  You guys always (without exception!) beats me, often producing code half the size.

Some people come naturally to a skill while others battle a bit. The best way we lesser souls can learn is to study and then emulate your good work. (Consider us the golfers of the electronics world with handicaps of over 50 while you people are the Tiger Woods, BJ Singh or Ernie Else)
We are all aware that producing the code then writing about it takes you time but I can spend days debugging something I've written and if you multiply that by the hundreds (thousands) of your fans, you get some small idea of your impact. (You must be the only actor with thousands of fans, all nerds who seldom go to the movies and very few of them have seen any of your screen performances)
I am eagerly waiting for both Bean's new software and your book.

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2008\12\28@171343 by Professorwizn/a
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In SX Microcontrollers, SX/B Compiler and SX-Key Tool, Professorwiz wrote:

Any updates?  I can't wait to see the cool stuff you guys come up with1
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