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Jimc91
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Hi, My name is Jim. 

I Just starting to explore Arduino and I am interested in developing methods to implement microcontrollers here on our homestead.  We have a greenhouse, row crops, animals and 3 wells on the property.  

I am retired now from my career job and have more time for learning new things. 

I have much interest in IoT and the ESP32 boards.  Currently own Arduino Mega 2650, Leonardo, Raspberry pi.  I am a MacBook Pro M1 user.

Thanks for having me!

Jim


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Posted by: @jimc91

Hi, My name is Jim. 

I Just starting to explore Arduino and I am interested in developing methods to implement microcontrollers here on our homestead.  We have a greenhouse, row crops, animals and 3 wells on the property.  

I am retired now from my career job and have more time for learning new things. 

I have much interest in IoT and the ESP32 boards.  Currently own Arduino Mega 2650, Leonardo, Raspberry pi.  I am a MacBook Pro M1 user.

Thanks for having me!

Jim

Welcome Jim, 

Greenhouses and anything to do with off grid living are great topics and subjects of great projects, and many of us here find them to be of great interest, amongst the many other topics discussed here!

Look forward to your projects in future posts!

Cheers


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Jimc91
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@frogandtoad Thank you for the kind welcome!  I look forward to reading and applying the knowledge that is abundant here on this forum.

Jim 


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Posted by: @jimc91

Hi, My name is Jim. 

I Just starting to explore Arduino and I am interested in developing methods to implement microcontrollers here on our homestead.  We have a greenhouse, row crops, animals and 3 wells on the property.  

I am retired now from my career job and have more time for learning new things. 

I have much interest in IoT and the ESP32 boards.  Currently own Arduino Mega 2650, Leonardo, Raspberry pi.  I am a MacBook Pro M1 user.

Thanks for having me!

Jim

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Hi Jim and welcome to the forum.

Your interests are shared by many members who you will find very helpful.

Have you had a look at the Arduino Project Hub for projects that may be of interest to you - there are 1000's! Here is a link.

Regards

Ron B

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Jimc91
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Thanks Ron, yes I have been reading the forum and the Arduino projects boards for several weeks.  I have so much to learn, I am searching for best practices on learning to code.  Do you have any recommendations? 

Thanks for the welcome!

Jim

 


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ron bentley
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@jimc91 

Hi Jim,

I was introduced to Arduino and the world of microcontrollers 2 years ago when I got an Elegoo Starter Kit for Christmas.  The kit was the Most Complete Mega Starter Kit and had a Mega plus lots of components to assemble various projects. It also came with a document providing instructions for numerous projects using a range of standard components, eg switches, LEDs, shift registers, relays, sound, PIRs, etc.

Before this I simply had no idea about the world of Arduino, although I did have many years in real time programming and developing large policing solutions from the ground up.

So, if you are starting out with Arduino then have a look at the Elegoo Mega Starter Kit Guide, it will get you off to a good start. It is too large to attach the tutorial pdf here but following this link:  Elegoo Site - Mega Starter Kit, which also has a link to the tutorial. By the way, there is also a similar product/kit/tutorial for Arduino UNO.

As for programming, the Arduino IDE is C++ based and there are numerous resources on net as you have no doubt discovered. But, my advice is that if C++ is new to you, then start small with some basic sketch examples, read widely the examples of others and use the forum to post any queries you may have.

Very good luck and looking forward to your posts.

Regards

Ron B

 

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Creativity is an input to innovation and change is the output from innovation. Braden Kelley
A computer is a machine for constructing mappings from input to output. Michael Kirby
Through great input you get great output. RZA
Gauss is great but Euler rocks!!


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Jimc91
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@ronbentley1 thank you for the link!  

I have enrolled in a C++ for beginners at Codecademy and it is so far very interesting and methodical.  

At this point I am enjoying many of the basic projects listed on the Arduino site and find it fun working with my Mega 2650,  breadboard, sensors and motors.  

I am thinking that in order to better problem solve here with everyday issues that present themselves, I should have a better understanding of the coding. Time will tell…. As I have found, necessity is the mother of invention.

Thanks for the kind reply.

Jim


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Posted by: @jimc91

Hi, My name is Jim. 

I Just starting to explore Arduino and I am interested in developing methods to implement microcontrollers here on our homestead.  We have a greenhouse, row crops, animals and 3 wells on the property.  

I am retired now from my career job and have more time for learning new things. 

I have much interest in IoT and the ESP32 boards.  Currently own Arduino Mega 2650, Leonardo, Raspberry pi.  I am a MacBook Pro M1 user.

Thanks for having me!

Jim

Hi Jim,

  Welcome to the forum. I am also in NW Florida. I am into about everything but learning a lot along the way. Just about finished my electronics workbench.

Voltage

 

Thanks,
Voltage


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Samuel Thies
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Welcome to the forum jim! I like the Arduino as well, it is a lot of fun to work on and there are a lot of people here that like talking about the arduino. I am glad that you are apart of this community now. I hope you will enjoy the forum.

Samuel


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