As always, with apologies for the rambling...
Have worked my way through Section 3 and partly through Section 4 (lecture 34 + quiz 4). The course is still interesting. The course is still interesting. Things have been a bit slow as I've been quite busy during the past month (finals and studying for two certification tests later this month).
Some semi-related notes/thoughts:
- I have managed to maintain a 99% average across the four quizzes (I'd taken courses on the original content decades ago). I'm wondering how my grades will change once we get to I2C and similar topics.
- In reading the various pages here, the submission period for Road Test applications is closed and the the 5 (out of 71) people will find out that they've been selected somewhere around the 14th. Pins and needles, y'all? Once the 5 Road Test recipients start, I expect that they'll exceed my progress quickly.
- I've noticed recently that most online courses omit information on writing libraries. I haven't yet found a free course that does. This course appears to be no different, though it does use libraries specific to the hardware. Maybe they'll add a bonus section on the topic? (Hint, hint!)
- Inversely, my previous training did not include byte-wise operators, only bit-wise. This course includes the byte-wise operators.
- I'm still able to follow the course using Linux as the underlying operating system for Code Composer Studio. Closest thing to an issue (so far) occurred when the course referenced use of Microsoft's calculator to translate between number bases. Luckily, Ubuntu has a calculator quite similar in function (only slightly different in format).
- Have researched FRAM a bit and I'm interested in hearing about anywhere else it's being used. I'm hoping that it'll be included in smart cards as I've been experimenting with those and the entire technology seems a bit 1980-ish.
- One worrisome note: some news that appears to be an attack on Udemy. Warranted or unwarranted, someone has accused Udemy of hosting pirated courses. While I have noticed some surprisingly similar courses, I don't know that it justifies the "requirements" of the accusers. As I wouldn't be surprised if a competitor is involved (yeah, I'm a pessimist), this is the last time I will mention the topic.
- The offer of extra buttons still stands. I still have nine of them that I won't be using.
Overall, I'm still having fun with the course.