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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Getting started and documentation beyond dialtone

From: Ronaldo Nunez
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Getting started and documentation beyond dialtone.py ?
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 00:31:28 -0200

Hello,  Madengr!

First, you made an excellent investment! The USRP2 is a very powerful
peripheral to get introduced to the SDR world.
By the way, I want to write a little documentation about his
architecture (explaining what's implemented in the FPGA, how it
communicates to the host and etc.) There is a lot of documentation in
ask-answer format, that is good enough, but I personally prefer to saw
graphs and diagrams.

Don't worry about python programming... It's very easy! I recommend
you the official documentation available at python.org. If you are not
familiar with oriented object programming, this pdf may help you:
As an IDE, I recommend you the PyDev plugin for Eclipse. You'll take
some time to become familiar with hios enviroment but as more you use
it as quick you'll enjoy its helpful tools(integration to CVS, for


> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 13:02:19 -0800 (PST)
> From: madengr <address@hidden>
> Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] Getting started and documentation beyond
>        dialtone.py ?
> To: address@hidden
> Message-ID: <address@hidden>
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> I finally purchased a USRP2.  I have many years of RF/Microwave hardware
> experience but totally new to Python programming, not to mention C++.  I
> know some C for microcontrollers, a little Verilog on Xilinx hardware, and
> some DSP theory.  I have read Lyon's book and have taken his class, along
> with some classes in grad school.
> I have the gnuradio 'next' branch working with the USRP2 via the UHD.  I
> have a basic nbfm receiver working in GNU Radio Companion (GRC).
> 1)  I'd like to get started with coding flow-graphs in Python.  Is there any
> documentation that describes the Python libraries, mainly arguments to the
> functions and the algorithm details?  I'm browsing through the doxygen
> documentation but it's kind of overwhelming since it's geared toward C++ and
> doesn't cover how it functions.
> 2) What IDE is good for Python, specifically for use with gnuradio?  I have
> dabbled a few hours with Wing IDE and I like it so far.  I want something
> with a class browser and auto completion.  However, I figured it would help
> (e.g. auto-completion) with the arguments to the gnuradio functions, but it
> gives no hints.
> 3) I saw there was an actual gnuradio book, but looks like it was never
> published.  I'd be willing to buy this in PDF or ebook format; is it
> avaiable?
> Anyway, for now I'm looking at the *.py that GRC generates and learning from
> that.  Also looking at the examples in source tree.  I'm just wondering if
> there is more documentation.  Maybe it's just dive in and sink or swim; of
> course that's probably the best way to learn.  I figure modifying the
> example programs to work with the UHD will teach me allot.
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