I have finally decided to retire my BS2 Micro(s) and am looking at moving to something that is :
-Cheaper (man those Parallax things are expensive for what they are)
-Faster, OK the BS2 is pretty old now so just about anything is faster
-More capable (inbult ADC would be nice) more memory, pins, more everything really
-Good support and user community, training, documentation, user base with code that I can steal (see point below)
-Does not require me to do more than is absolutly necessary to learn (I am basically lazy)
-Cheaper, I know I mentioned this already, but if I do it twice,,,,, you get the idea.
I am considering several types such as:
- Parallax Propellor
I have ruled out going to the PIC range because of the steep learning curve (I mentioned lazy right?) but understand that there are ways around this, such as high level compilers, any thoughts?
I'm am OK at VB level programing (really VBA) and find that the PBasic used in the Basic Stamp is about as far as I want to go into becoming a 'hard core geek', but accept that I may need to do a bit of work to learn a new platform, just not too much please.
My objective is to make stuff, I'm not really a micro guy, I consider the microcontroller side of my projects a necessary evil to get cool toys out the end. It is really my desire for cooler toys and stuff that is driving my need to upgrade to a new 'standard micro of choice' for my next batch of toys.
I suspect that this post might start a flame war as people defend their particular platform, but thank anybody that replies in advance (if anybody replies, that is) for their input.
Don't get me wrong I still like my faithful Basic Stamps, but they are a bit limited now, and I am dreaming bigger (still thinking cheap though).