Embeded Programming

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    Embeded Programming

    i would like to get into basic hardware programming. a college near by has a comp engineering certificate program that teaches c, basic assembly, and embeded systems on Motorola chips. is this worth my while ? its a certificate with 7 courses all together. i would like to get into this field, but i dont have time for university

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    What do you want to do with the course? Finding a job in embedded programming?

    You don't have time for university? Too busy learning new stuff?

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    i would like to eventually get a job somewhere doing programming, but i am 31 and work full time as a Cad/Cam programmer. so i do want to learn new stuuf, but i want to take the most efficient route possible. so far, i only found this certificate course. i will search more though.

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    Re: embeded programming

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    i would like to eventually get a job somewhere doing programming, but i am 31 and work full time as a Cad/Cam programmer. so i do want to learn new stuuf, but i want to take the most efficient route possible. so far, i only found this certificate course. i will search more though.
    That sounds like me..I am a 32 year old full time Cad/cam programmer and I try to get a job as a software programmer because I want to learn something new. I been taking stray classes at the univerity and are not sure how to procede. We are sitting in the same boat.

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    That last post was me

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    Since you(Spectrum48k) already have a software background by working in CAD/CAM, the path you want to take is okay. Lot of stuff in colleges is gonna be for people fresh into the s/w field.

    What you want is to quickly take relevant courses and try the embedded job market. I am myself into embedded programming, and I strongly feel, that having some kind of software background, makes it easy to pick up, embedded/firmware programming skills.

    good luck!

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    Embedded programming is an exciting field. I believe the market for programmers in this area is not as saturated as the other fields, and thus a great course of study, in my opinion. I myself am 29 and cannot even land a regular programming job, having little more than a single year of self-study - so I cannot really say all this with total certainty. But some of the most profitable programmers I have met were in the field of microcontroller programming. Go for it!
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    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    I'm 23 and currently working in the field of embedded systems with a background in electrical engineering. C and assembly are a good base to start in embedded systems and embedded systems with Motorola chips sounds like computer architecture to me. So I guess, the course is a good base. Maybe it is also a good idea to check out what the requirements for the kind of job you are looking for, so you can concentrate on that.

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    Programming skills are only a very small of embedded programming. You have to have a very good grasp of computer architechture. I have taken several classes in verilog and VHDL. As an example verlilog uses a C type programming language, but really has nothing to do C programming. It only makes the syntax easier since most engineers are at least familiar with C. VHDL is more like Ada, which was very hard for me to get used too.
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