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Offline RMurphy195

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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2017, 08:30:31 PM »
My comment was a bit tongue in cheek because RMurphy simply quoted Jon's post with no additional content.

I completely get using an Arduino for 'phased' switching of lights, shouldn't be too difficult to set up.

OOPS  :-[ I meant to add "I've been looking forsomething like the sound side of this for ages!" double  :-[ :-[

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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #46 on: March 04, 2017, 08:32:32 PM »
Yes, one of the things I like about Arduino is, as Big bad John says, a lot of code is already out there, and can be tweaked to suit your own personal requirements.
But as a programmer in a previous life - a REAL programmer of the late 60's with none of this nanby-panby development environment stuff! - it's much more fun to work things out for myself!

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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #47 on: March 04, 2017, 09:24:15 PM »
That's fair enough,  I must admit that there's a sense of satisfaction when you write a bit of code yourself and get it to work.  :beers:
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #48 on: March 05, 2017, 10:16:29 AM »
Just as an aside - and a bit off-topic - I have a couple of sets of PDP-11 Cobol manuals and a PDP-11 processor handbook stashed away (they were obsolete and presented to me by colleagues when I left the company in - ahem ;)). I just searched for Cobol in Ebay - gobsmacked! Do people really buy this stuff?

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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2017, 10:20:06 AM »
Yes. They do. There are are zillions of people out there who know what that computer is.
« Last Edit: March 05, 2017, 10:23:44 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #50 on: March 05, 2017, 01:40:48 PM »
But as a programmer in a previous life - a REAL programmer of the late 60's with none of this nanby-panby development environment stuff! - it's much more fun to work things out for myself!
That's what the arduino is all about.  Enjoy!

I was offered a working free PDP-11/03 about 20 years ago as I was the last to use it about 10 years previously (tried to do some data processing curve fitting - but my souped-up Apple II+ was faster).  But where would I put a small refrigerator sized comp with only 16k ram running fortran.  Loved the 12" floppies though.

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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #51 on: March 05, 2017, 08:30:42 PM »
I was just thinking it would be kind of hard to screw a PDP-11 to the underside of your baseboard... ;)
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #52 on: March 05, 2017, 09:50:54 PM »
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

It's just me being me, but for some reason I think it would be a cool thing to have!  :-[
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #53 on: March 05, 2017, 10:06:41 PM »
I learnt assembly language programming on one whilst at London University (not that I was very good at it to be honest) but I have to admit I found programming in higher level languages easier and more rewarding.
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #54 on: March 05, 2017, 10:20:24 PM »
At least the IDE for Arduino does the compiling for us!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #55 on: March 05, 2017, 10:41:08 PM »
I also learnt the fundamentals of compilers... regular expressions, tokens etc., but never got to use it in anger and it never really helped me in my career!
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #56 on: March 05, 2017, 11:06:26 PM »
Yes, I started down that path at one point in my time at university.... think I lasted about a week!   :worried:
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #57 on: March 06, 2017, 01:32:44 AM »
I was just thinking it would be kind of hard to screw a PDP-11 to the underside of your baseboard... ;)
It was tall enough and big enough to be a support for one end of a baseboard.  Turn it on its side and it could be the baseboard.
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #58 on: March 05, 2018, 10:55:07 AM »
Having just read and re-read this thread, I have this morning just invested some hard earned dosh in an Uno kit and book.
Interested to see what I can make with it and then once confidence grows (if it does of course), try and implement a a project or two in my layout.
Interested in using a PIR or something to open a set of crossing gates as the loco approaches.
Only time will tell.
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Re: Arduino Ramblings
« Reply #59 on: March 05, 2018, 11:24:07 AM »
I've just found this thread, and will be following it with interest as I have a Arduino mega and some expansion boards as my railway of another gauge, will require around 60 points plus signals.

 Malc you may not need replacement batteries but in my houshold you'd need replacement tennis balls...





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