>For those of you interested in programming in C for the
>Microchip controllers here's some information:
>The C compiler I purchased is from:
>PO Box 11191
>Milwaukee, WI 53211
>phone # : 414-781-2794 ext.30
>C5x compiler for $50 which is for all the C5x series
>C71 compiler for $50
>If you call them, you will not talk to a human, but rather an
>automated system. When I ordered the compiler, I didn't
>know if anyone was listening (you leave your message on an answering
>message), but a few days later it arrived COD.
>I paid $60.00, including the shipping charges.
>From their advertisement in Circuit Cellar:
>-includes libraries for RS232 serial I/O and precision delays
>-allow call trees deeper than the hardware stack
>-and other things, I'm too lazy to type.
>From my point of view:
>I've only done a few projects (low level) so far. I interfaced
>the PIC with an LCD using C. I built a basic clock. The
>compiler helped out a lot when it came to the nested if-then
>statements for the seconds and minutes functions.
>I have also used the compiler to code up a little game, like
>Simple Simon, where the computer picks a random light to turn
>on , and the user has to remember the sequence of lights and
>enter the sequence to win. The compiler helped out here
>where I needed an array to store the sequence. One of
>the great things to aid in this project was the compilers
>SET_UPCOUNTERS command, where I initialized the internal
>counter for my random number generator.
>By the way, I am in no way connected to this compiler.
>I am just a satisfied customer. For $50 (+$10 shipping) I
>didn't go wrong.