The above xkcd comic, which is titled Debugger, alludes to the problem that when you try to apply a particular method to itself, you might not get what you asked for. Turing’s Halting problem is a very famous example for this, i.e., you cannot algorithmically decide whether an algorithm terminates on an input. So, does that problem apply to debuggers as well? In particular, I asked myself whether it makes sense to debug the hardware debugger I am developing with itself.Continue reading
A new Arduino library has seen the light of day:
SingleWireSerial. It supports single-wire, half-duplex serial communication. By using the input capture feature of the AVR MCUs, it is extremely accurate and supports bitrates up to 250 kbps robustly. And contrary to its title, one can even use it in a two-wire setting.
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SoftwareSerial class has the
available() method, which returns the number of characters that have been already received but not yet read. This is very similar to what the standard
Serial.available() method offers. There is an interesting difference, though. A call to
SoftwareSerial.available() is significantly slower than a call to
Serial.available(). We will look for the deeper reason of this strange behavior and I will show you three ways how to fix it.
EDIT: The problem will vanish with Arduino version 1.8.17Continue reading
Although the typical Arduino programmer is probably not interested in writing assembly code, in some situations assembly programming is essential. Let’s have a look at these situations and see what one can do.Continue reading
When things go wrong although your program logic appears to be correct, it is time to look at the signals going into the MCU and coming out of the MCU. The best tool for that is a logic analyzer.Continue reading