1. disney_snoopy

    Thread Starter Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Hi, I would like to ask where can i download a CCS Compiler for me 16F877A PIC programming?
  2. mik3

    Senior Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Actually, CCS is not free. However, you can stole it from the internet if you know how. :p
  3. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    CCS Inc's homepage:
    They have time-and-size-limited demo compilers available for a free download.

    The demo compiler is the only free version available.
  4. russ_hensel

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 11, 2009
    Boostc has a free size limited IDE compiler and linker for 16 and 18 series.
  5. thatoneguy


    Feb 19, 2009
    Another thumbs for SourceBoost C

    They have some excellent libraries (so does MikroElectronica C). The bright side is that SourceBoost C is EXTREMELY CHEAP! Unlimited RAM/ROM for about $70, that incudes $10 for simulated LCD and a few other IDE components.

    Sadly, PIC C Compilers have followed the "Windows Way" rather than any sort of standards, such as port names, register names, etc. Most code written for other compilers generally needs to be re-written, or a lot of definitions/variables changed/renamed.
  6. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    If that is true, which I do not doubt, portability is more an idea than a reality. Isn't it?

    I do not know C thus have no experience on this.
  7. thatoneguy


    Feb 19, 2009
    Portable C applications between compilers is difficult by the inherent nature of their usually dissimilar internal peripherals, even when working with a single vendor (Microchip or Atmel). Atmel is much further with C and portatibility.

    Where some compilers set up an LCD to respond to printf, I have found BoostC "lcdgotoxy" and "lcdwrite" functions much more straightforward and easy to follow. With PIC C Compilers, there really isn't a set of "Standard Libraries" as programmers are used to thinking.

    Compilers which have been well written and easy to use libraries for LCD, PWM, ADC, I2C, SPI, etc are great. I wish those particular "common to embedded" eventually turned into a "Standard Library" that worked with all compilers.

    We are at the "Borland/Microsoft" compiler split of 20 years ago, but in the PIC World with many more players. I could be happy if register and port naming was somehow standardized, at least between PIC C compilers, and ideally between PIC and Atmel platforms.