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If you're looking to get started with the MPLAB Xpress IDE then you've come to the right place. This post will give you the tools and links you need to familiarize yourself with the powerful ecosystem. Although the post uses the PIC16F18877 target device and associated MPLAB Xpress Board, the content below applies to any device. Simply replace any instance of the PIC16F18877 with the target device you are using.
This content of this document was developed using the following tools:
• MPLAB Xpress Development Board: http://www.microchip.com/mplab/mplab-xpress/mplab-xpress-evaluation-boards
• USB cable type A to type micro-B
• MPLAB Xpress IDE : www.microchip.com/mplabxpress
• FREE Terminal Emulation Software: • Tera Term (Windows only): www.teraterm.org
• CoolTerm (Windows, Linux, MAC OS): freeware.the-meiers.org/
• Documentation available at bottom of MPLAB XC8 C Compiler Homepage: www.microchip.com/xc8
• Documentation available at bottom of MPLAB Code Configurator Homepage: www.microchip.com/mcc
• MPLAB Xpress Wiki Homepage: microchip.wikidot.com/xpress:start
The following projects are recommended for new users looking to get up and running using the MPLAB® Xpress IDE ecosystem:
1. Using MPLAB Xpress Examples: This project demonstrates how to locate, open and then download an MPLAB Xpress Example to the MPLAB Xpress Development board.
2. Create a New Project in MPLAB Xpress IDE This project will demonstrate how to create a new project from scratch. This is the first step required in any project developed using the IDE
3. Open the MPLAB Code Configurator Graphical (MCC) Programming Tool: This project demonstrates how to open the MCC tool for the MPLAB Xpress IDE. This is user friendly graphical interface intended to make it very easy to configure the target device and quickly develop applications while writing as little code as possible. A great tool for new and experienced users.
4. MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) Walkthrough: Now that the MCC is open take a tour of the key features.
5. Step-by-Step: Building a Serial Communcation Link with the MPLAB Xpress Board: Time to build a project from scratch and see something happening. This project will walk the user through the fundamentals of building, editing and then downloading a project to the MPLAB Xpress Development Board.
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