I have collected this material together as I have tried to figure out how to ‘get started’ with ARM.
Atomic: The Acorn Atom was my first computer, and the manual was called “Atomic theory and practice.” Acorn Atom picture
Getting started will depend on what you are attempting to do or learn, and could perhaps be divided into two broad categories, hardware and software.
If you are interested in writing software/applications, then there is a multitude of options. Most Android ‘phones are ARM based, and Google have made it free and easy to develop and get applications into the Android market. So easy in fact, that several virus/trojan applications have appeared.
See our first attempt at an Android game here :- Angry Beaks
The Apple iphone is ARM based, and Apple have also released a free development environment, although a licence is needed to put your application in the Apple appstore.
Microsoft intend to make Windows 8 available for ARM devices.
As you can see, there is no shortage of devices to develop applications for, but at the moment, Android is the cheapest and easiest to get started with.
There are also a multitude of development boards available if you want to get started with hardware.
So, where to start?
Several years have passed, since I started this site, and I did not get started with ARM in the way I initially envisaged.
Basically, I was a beginner, starting again, and the ARM devices were more complicated than I wanted. Instead I found the AVR range of devices, specifically in the Arduino platform, designed with beginners in mind.
Although not ARM, the Atmel AVR chips could be described as RISC, and the 8 bit version in the Arduino was just right as a starting point. The Arduino has a large community following, and the avrfreaks forum has answers to any AVR question you can think of. Did I mention that it is cheap too?