Learning Embedded Systems in Five Steps

You’re interested in learning about embedded systems programming but don’t know where to begin. No problem. Let me give you 5 tips to achieve your goal.

First, you should learn a basic programming language. Some examples are BASIC, HTML5, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Java, Blockly, C, and C++. There are great educational websites offering free tutorials for learning your programming language of choice. You don’t even need to stick to just one programming language. If you don’t think your first choice is working for you, go ahead and choose another programming language to learn.

Second, study the concept of basic electronics. You should know the most important concepts like Ohms Law, voltage, power, and current.

Third, equip yourself with the necessary tools. Take note that embedded systems programming is not just about the software. Be sure that you have a starter kit on-hand that comprise: soldering iron; wires; resistors; capacitors; a development board or microcontroller; a digital multi-meter; and a logic analyzer.

Fourth, choose your IDE and development board. You can easily find a microcontroller or development board that fits your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in case you are not sure which best fits your expertise. The same goes for the IDE. Make sure that your IDE choice is compatible with your development board. Take the time to do some research to guarantee that you are getting exactly what you need.

Fifth, finding and understanding the components. Once you have a hold of everything on your list, the next step would be to make sure that you understand how everything works. Datasheets are available that you can use as a guide to help you with your chosen project.

As a beginner, try to work on small projects at a time until you get the hang of it. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t succeed in your first attempt. Try and try until you succeed!