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“Home Security and Automation” Project Description

“Home Security and Automation” Project Description

[What the project is to achieve, a half to one page. Please describe the educational component of the project.] Home security projects are relatively common for engineering and computer science students.  They typically focus on a superficial and limited technical implementation. The objective of this project is to learn how to design a system that […]

A Project to Compare C and C++

A Project to Compare C and C++

I want to spend my sabbatical year re-thinking my perspective on C++ and Assembler and how to teach engineering and computer science material using those two languages. To keep myself focused I'll need a target application, ideally with hardware.  In fact, two applications would be ideal: Controlling chip heat Alarm system The first application would […]

Rethinking C, C++ and Assembler

Rethinking C, C++ and Assembler

I don't like Assembler programming.  I was forced to use it in 1997 in EE 380 on the Motorola 68000 with Prof NelsonDurdle at the University of Alberta.  Ditto, for C++.  My C professor, Prof. Martin Mintchev, in EE 445 convinced me that it was bloated and terrible.  So, since that time, I've been programming in C on […]

Choosing a platform for teaching microcontroller programming

Choosing a platform for teaching microcontroller programming

While planning a book on programming microcontrollers I've been trying to settle on a small group of microcontrollers that could be used for examples. Every couple of years I do this to myself.  Below are a few examples, including the ubiquitous Arduino UNO with an 8-bit chip, as well as the FRDM-KL25Z and Adafruit Metro […]