I’m feeling terribly pleased with myself for graduating from programming atmega’s solely from within the arduino environment to now being able to download code directly via a usbasp programmer with no bootloader. Admittedly, I burnt one chip out when I patched the interface cables back-to-front (Hmm..gnd reads 3.9v..)
Mind you still, that’s still a hell of a lot easier than when I was a lad, hand coding 6502 machine code then loading it via a hex keypad. Editing was done via a couple of seven segment displays.. You young fella’s these days don’t know how lucky you have it 🙂
Ha ha, “back in my day we coded the bits by hand using a magnet and the tip of a sewing needle” 😛
It is a great way to use the atmega chips, especially when you are spinning your own boards or wiring something up to be installed permanently because then you don’t loose a whole development board. You can also keep the serial lines permanently connected to other devices without causing communication headaches.
Next step is to write code with Atmel studio and use a debugger, then your world will really change 😀
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