Difficulty Levels

The difficulty level of a project indicates on a scale of 1-10 how hard it was for me to build and how hard it might be for you depending on your experience. It’s not very precise, just a relative measure.

You will get more satisfaction from your work if you dig in and learn some things for yourself instead of having someone hold your hand. Sometimes it’s better to take the longer path because you’ll learn more. If you want to build a significant project, you may need to:

  • Learn how to read datasheets.
  • Find where to buy components and any hardware you’ll need.
  • Read the code to understand it. I try to comment my code quite a bit, but you’ll still have to read it carefully to gain true understanding.
  • Learn how to use Google to find things. I’m amazed at how many people act as if search engines do not exist.

That last one is especially important. I get questions like “Where can I buy an XBee radio?”. I’m not sure why you are asking me. I don’t have a copy of the Internet that I can search in microseconds — Google has that.

So if I ever give an answer that sounds like “figure it out yourself”, it’s not because I’m being mean or don’t care. I really want you to feel empowered to try to find the answers yourself. You’ll be glad you did! If you’ve tried and are really stuck on something, that’s the perfect time to post a question in the comments section!

Published by Michael, on March 22nd, 2010 at 8:35 pm. Filed under: . | 1 Comment |

One Response to “Difficulty Levels”

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for all your efforts I’ve been amazed to see here today. I’m just so sick of all the loud interuptions between tv broadcasts and no way of stopping them. Is it too much to ask for with $150 month cable bill I pay?
    Found your site and work after searching the net for a tv that stops or lowers sound between shows. Guess the corporate lobbyist have fix that for us too!
    Thanks again for your hard work!


    Comment by Benton Chwastyk on September 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

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