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Just Another Language Special Interest Group

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What are the Aims of the SIG?

JALSIG is a group that's been formed to share members' experiences of using JAL to program PICs for a wide range of tasks. It is open to beginners, intermediates and experts alike. JAL, Just Another Language, is a free programming language that is a much more straightforward way of programming PICs and some other micro chips than many other languages.

All of the PMP kits that use PICs to control things like the PMP9 Traffic Lights, PMP12 Random Lights, PMP19 Coach Lighting have their firmware written in JAL. It is a powerful language but it is quite easy to pick up. It is considered to be PASCAL like.

If you are competent at using JAL and are happy to pass on your knowledge to help beginners get started then you are most welcome. If you are a beginner and feel terrified of the thought of programming then I hope that we will be able to allay your fears and help you on the path to creating programs that can be used to solve that little control problem on your layout. If you are an intermediate then you will be able to help beginners and learn from the experts.

How do I contact the JALSIG?


Please indicate JALSIG in your message

NN is the SIG number

Who are the leaders of the group?

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Fraser Smith M5154

Would you like to join today?

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Not a member? then

and sign up to this Special Interest Group. If you are already a member

Select JALSIG from the drop down list in Other SIGs and press the Subscribe to SIG button.

How do you meet?

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JALSIG will use Zoom video calls to meet every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7.30 pm UK time for an hour or more.

Calls will be recorded and made available to all members through MERG TV; any presentation materials will also be made available

And the Next Meeting?

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DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
19:30 12-AugJALSIG MeetingMembers meet up to discuss projects they have been working on.Online Zoom MeetingLink
19:30 26-AugJALSIG Beginners' SessionWe look at topics of interest to Beginners to coding in JAL to help them on their way to creating their own programs.Online Zoom Meeting
19:30 09-SepJALSIG MeetingMembers meet up to discuss projects they have been working on.Online Zoom MeetingLink

How do Video Calls Work?

To join in you may need to add a headset with microphone and optionally a camera to your device, if they are not built in. You will receive a link which will get you into the meeting, automatically installing Zoom on your device if necessary.

Calls are scheduled and topics announced in advance.

Zoom provides thumbnails of each video participant and any shared presentations or desktops. The call host facilitates the meeting/questions/discussion. Zoom has developed a lot during Covid and I can't describe all the features here.

Usually everyone mutes their microphone to avoid a lot of noise from phones, clocks chiming, family activity etc. To speak you can just press the spacebar to (after a slight pause) temporarily unmute.

You can select among several icons to, for example raise a hand, clap, agree, vote etc. Useful for questioning.

You can also type “chat” either with everyone or with a selected participant. This is quite a good way to have a one-to-one conversation without involving/annoying everyone else. It can also be used to distribute weblinks etc although there are many other ways to “share” (with permission) screens, documents, open apps, whiteboard and so on.

If you would like to try out Zoom, then there is a test meeting service where you are the only participant and you can experiment with the various options available.

This link is available to anybody, not just members of the virtual area group.


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public/jalsig.txt · Last modified: 2023/02/22 19:48 by grovenor

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