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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Sean McIlroy, Apr 16, 2007.

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  1. Sean McIlroy

    Sean McIlroy Guest

    greetings gurus

    i've been trying for some time now (though admittedly off-and-on) to
    self-learn basic electronics, and it's painfully clear by now that i
    have rocks in my head in this respect. what i AM quite good at,
    though, is mathematics and language learning (including programming
    languages), so my idea is to try using spice as a way of puzzling out
    what the books are trying (with so little success) to tell me. to
    realize this goal i need to find a suitable spice interpreter and
    some clear directions for doing what i want to do, which is feeding
    spice-language code to the interpreter and getting the information it
    returns about the circuit in question. the freeware/demo applications
    i've looked at so far have extensive graphical interfaces but i can't
    piece together how to enter code directly or whether that's even
    possible. any help would be much appreciated.


  2. You can manually write netlists and run them in most GUI Spices, but I don't
    see that there is much point in doing that. It will make it much harder to
    learn electronics. It like having two arms and a leg tied behind your back

    Using the GUI lets you try out all sorts of circuits very quickly.
  3. Sean McIlroy

    Sean McIlroy Guest

    well, can you point me toward a reasonably newbie-friendly spice
    application? where by newbie-friendliness i mean, roughly, that the
    simplest things are the most straightforward?

  4. I did. See signature:)
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