different PIC families, including a version
that supports all of the PIC10F/12F/16F
parts. That version of compiler will
automatically install when you install the
latest version of the MPLAB IDE. I use the
HI-TECH C Pro compiler in all of my
embedded C books and projects.
The HI-TECH C Pro compiler has
a great optimization feature called
Omniscient Code Generation, which
allows you to fit more code into a smaller
part. Most hobbyists, however, probably
don’t need that code optimization, so you
■ FIGURE 15. 10-pin Female Headers
■ FIGURE 16. Final Stack Board.
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PIC18F Compilers: PICBASIC Pro,
MPASM, C18, Hi-Tech C.
PIC16C Compilers: PICBASIC Pro,
MPASM, Hi-Tech C, CCS C.
PC Compilers: Delphi, C++ Builder,
Visual Basic 6.
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have the option to run it in Lite mode
without any restrictions other than
the code will take up more space
than an optimized version. Best of all,
the compiler is free if you run in this
mode. For the person just getting
started with PICs and C, this is a
great compiler option. If you decide
to move to the C programming language and need a little help getting
over that beginner’s hump, check out
my book Beginner’s Guide to
Embedded C Programming and then
my follow-up book Beginner’s Guide
to Embedded C Programming –
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more. Both books use this free Lite
version of the HI-TECH C Pro compiler. My books are available through
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Until then, shoot me an email for
article/project ideas to chuck@
elproducts.com. I try to read
them all. NV
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■ FIGURE 17. PIC16F690 Shown
Under the Stacker Board.