21 Apr '17, 2am

FlowCode Graphical Programming

If you’ve ever been curious if there’s a way to program microcontrollers without actually writing software, you might be interested in FlowCode. It isn’t a free product, but there is a free demo available. [Web learning] did a demo of programming a Nucleo board using the system . You can check it out below. The product looks slick and it supports a dizzying number of processors ranging from AVR (yes, it will do Arduino), PIC, and ARM targets. However, the pricing can add up if you actually want to target all of those processors as you wind up paying for the CPU as well as components. For example, the non-commercial starter pack costs about $75 and supports a few popular processors and components like LEDs, PWM, rotary encoders, and so on. Price aside, we have serious concerns about building applications with GUIs. It sounds seductive and for simple projects, it is easy and...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2017/04/20/flowcode-graphical-program...

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Desktop Factory Teaches PLC Programming

hackaday.com 16 Apr '17, 2pm

How to train young engineers in industrial automation is a thorny issue. Most factories have big things that can do a lot ...