Electronics for Programmers

Start Time: Friday, May 15, 2020 8:00 AM

Developing programs for IoT devices, embedded computers, and other "smart" devices connecting
the "real" world has become a commonplace activity.  Some of the concepts, language,
and tools may seem entirely foreign to even the most skilled programmers/developers.

I will be explaining terms, defining components, and demonstrating principles and
techniques, as well as answering burning questions like:

Do I have enough Amps?

Do I need a Pull-Up/Pull-Down Resistor?

What in the world is an I2C bus and how do I use it?

How do I read a schematic?

What is this "Magic Smoke" that I have heard so much about? Why is it bad for it to escape?!

Why do I need a DMM?

Why can't I just test live voltages with my tongue the way I do 9volt batteries?

Why do LEDs need a current limiting resistor?

Do I still need transistors in this digital age?

If these burning questions do not quite make sense to you, come to my talk!  You will gain
knowledge of all of these questions and more. 

Be sure to bring any electronics questions (burning or not), and I will get you an answer!

Harold Pulcher, Senior Consultant, Improving

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Harold Pulcher is a Microsoft MVP, co-ambassador for Hackster.io, developer, network engineer, magician, woodworker, and part time grease monkey. He has over 25 years of experience working in Information Technology. During that time he has done everything from running network cable, setting up various companies infrastructure from the absolute bare metal, and building line of business software for many of those companies.  As passionate as he is about technology, you might happen to see him checking his air reserve while at a depth of 60 feet, cooking up a mean “free-range” fruitcake, doing pre-show table magic at the improv, or making a nice piece of wood into a lot of sawdust so my wife will have potting bench for her plants.