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1999\05\11@214903 by Brian Kraut

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Surprisingly, I didn't get any offers the last time I posted this, so
here is another shot.

I am looking for a consultant to hold my hand through a few programs
that need to handle more tasks at one time than I am skilled enough to
program myself.  I also want someone I can call for help with various
other programming problems from time to time.  I am willing to pay for
someone that can teach me better programming, not just write all my code
for me.  I can't afford a $100 per hour consultant, but surely there
must be someone ot there that would be willing to make $20/hr or so cash
in their spare time.  Parallax laguage experience would be nice, but not
necessary.  Someone near Jacksonville, FL would be wonderfull, but phone
and email help only would work.

This list is very helpfull, and I could post my problems here and get
answers, but I am a spare time developer and I have projects that need
code using the least of the small amount of time I have.

Brian Kraut
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1999\05\11@232103 by Chris Eddy

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Brian

We're all to damn busy!  No slight intended, but consultants currently have
a vicious backlog of work, and people lining up behind them.  This market is
unprecedented.  And we're making 50 to 90 per hour.  My biggest challenge is
never getting sick.

Whining aside, you should start with some good advaced embedded books (I
didn't, but it sounds like good advice), or study some of the example app
notes from Microchip, and others.  It is almost as good as looking over the
authors' shoulder.

Chris Eddy, PE
Pioneer Microsystems, Inc.

Brian Kraut wrote:

> Surprisingly, I didn't get any offers the last time I posted this, so
> here is another shot.
>
> I am looking for a consultant to hold my hand through a few programs
> that need to handle more tasks at one time than I am skilled enough to
> program myself.  I also want someone I can call for help with various
> other programming problems from time to time.  I am willing to pay for

1999\05\11@233151 by Harold Hallikainen

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       I also like reading Embedded Systems Programming (and, of course,
reading this list).  Some great ideas in there.  When I've run into a
specific PIC problem, I've posted it to the list and several people
respond with the solution.  I've learned a lot right here!
       Also... thanks to those who suggested the ISD chip for addressable voice
playback.  I'm on my way to having a prototype system done.

Harold

On Tue, 11 May 1999 23:14:48 -0400 Chris Eddy <ceddyspamKILLspamNB.NET> writes:
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1999\05\11@233623 by Vincent Deno

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Chris Eddy wrote:

> Brian
>
> We're all to damn busy!  No slight intended, but consultants currently have
> a vicious backlog of work, and people lining up behind them.  This market is
> unprecedented.  And we're making 50 to 90 per hour.  My biggest challenge is
> never getting sick.

I'm still only a college student... so I don't have ANY spare time.  However,
after this quarter, I'd be willing to contract someone's extra work for
$50-$90/hour.
:)

-Vincent Deno

1999\05\12@003525 by Chris Eddy

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Vincent Deno wrote:

>
> I'm still only a college student... so I don't have ANY spare time.  However,
> after this quarter, I'd be willing to contract someone's extra work for
> $50-$90/hour.
> :)
>

Patience, Grasshopper.  The gulf between the fresh rosy face and the seen it, do
ne
it engineer is measured in years.  When I jumped in the big pond, I had 5 years
of  design experience.  I started out making $25 per hour, and begging to be
'trusted'.  4.5 years later, I have hit 50-55 per hour.  It would be higher, but
western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) is a bit funny about big dollar figures.  In m
y
first year as a consultant, our family income was $14,000, with student loans an
d
debt to boot.

What I am saying is that you may be able to cut down the growth time through she
er
intelligence and hard work, but it takes time, nevertheless.  I am personally
convinced that BSEE should be no less than a six year degree, so that guys like
you can come out of school and be ready to take on the hard stuff.  I have seen
alot of code come my way (panic! can you help us out of a bind?) where the
engineer was darn smart, but did not know how to write solid code.  Brute force
work got it to work at all.

But don't loose your invincibility cloak, it may come in handy. (will).

Chris Eddy
Pioneer Microsystems, Inc.

1999\05\12@191055 by Brian Kraut

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Can you recommend any good advanced books?  I have read all of the app notes and
the intermediate books.  Unfortunately, all I could find is one app note on
multitasking that I am having a hard time adapting without help.

Chris Eddy wrote:

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1999\05\12@192116 by Michael Shiloh

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>I have read all of the app notes and
>the intermediate books.  Unfortunately, all I could find is one app note on
>multitasking that I am having a hard time adapting without help.
>
>> > I am looking for a consultant to hold my hand through a few programs
>> > that need to handle more tasks at one time than I am skilled enough to
>> > program myself.  I also want someone I can call for help with various
>> > other programming problems from time to time.  I am willing to pay for

Why don't you start with that app note, adapt it as much as you can, then
post it here describing what you need it to do and what ideas you've thought
of so far? I'll bet people will answer, even the busy consultant (no slight
intended! :-) and busy full time employees who are willing to spend hours
on the internet solving other people's problems instead of doing their own
work (that's me).

Michael

1999\05\12@194025 by Gerhard Fiedler

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no book tips, but... what generally is called "multitasking" doesn't
exactly happen on a pic due to the stack restrictions, that's why most
books on the subject won't help much. multitasking on a pic is normally
implemented as some kind of a state machine (so look for something on this,
but it really isn't that complicated in principle), with the states
possibly influenced by interrupts (but which would only be recognized when
the state scheduler gets control), and with possibly some action going on
in interrupts. the rest is creativity and understanding of the architecture
with its features/limitations... :)

ge

At 19:13 05/12/99 -0700, Brian Kraut wrote:
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1999\05\12@204823 by ronruss

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You can learn on the job for $50 to $90 an hour. To get that much you
have to produce, usually in a hurry.

Vincent Deno wrote:

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1999\05\12@205023 by ronruss

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The best thing is to learn by doing. Get some hardware and a C compiler,
find an application that is documented somewhere and try to implement it
yourself. Then check it against the app note.

Harold Hallikainen wrote:

>         I also like reading Embedded Systems Programming (and, of course,
> reading this list).  Some great ideas in there.  When I've run into a
> specific PIC problem, I've posted it to the list and several people
> respond with the solution.  I've learned a lot right here!
>         Also... thanks to those who suggested the ISD chip for addressable voi
ce
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  CANTEC11 - 68HC11 SBC with Controller Area Network
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