Recently, some of our members did some code katas with TDD. If you haven’t played them before, code katas are intended for practicing coding to become a master (hence the martial arts reference… well, that and nerds will be nerds). There are several handy sites that people submit code kata ideas to that you can use for practicing. Continue reading Agile Code Games→
Our Boulder, CO members went back to Solid State Depot the following week to learn how to solder stuff on our newly etched copper board. If you remember from the previous post on Making Our Own PCB – Etching Copper Clad Boards, we ended up with a copper clad board, etched out with a circuit design (including a shout out!)
A few of our group in Boulder, CO, joined a workshop hosted at the Solid State Depot on the electronics design process, making our own printed circuit board (PCB). The first class went over how to actually design circuit boards before we etched the copper boards and soldered on the parts to make it all work. Actually etching the boards and building the circuits was the best part! First, after you have designed your circuit and created a sketch of how the copper board should look, you want to get that drawing to your copper clad board. And you can do that with a laser printer.
I checked many, many times, for a tutorial online on how to do this. I couldn’t find one that worked. So, after many trials and even more errors, I wrote down all the steps that worked from different sites, as well as steps where I had to get creative, and compiled them into a single tutorial. The following steps worked for me, and were repeatable.