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Post 1 made on Monday January 25, 2016 at 21:19
diesel
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Been off the forums for awhile, been working for Dish Network and my company for the last five years and trying to raise two kids. Need a little help from any AMX programmers out there. I am in the interview process for an organization and one of the things they are looking for is some knowledge of AMX programming. The only experience I have with AMX is the Matrix system, and that was before AMX bought them.

So a couple questions:

-What software does AMX use for programming?
-Is there any similarities between AMX and Crestron programming?
-Is it difficult to learn?

Really want to get this position so ANY help would be immensely appreciated.
Post 2 made on Monday January 25, 2016 at 22:16
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-What software does AMX use for programming?

Netlinx Studio- Dealer or ACE only

-Is there any similarities between AMX and Crestron programming?

Never done Crestron so I can't really answer this. I will say AMX is code only, there is no graphical interface. AMX does have modules for products but you still need to code to get the module to work

-Is it difficult to learn?

Depends on who is learning, some might pick it up right away, others will likely never be any good.

I have been programming AMX for close to 20 years, i still don't think i am great at it, theres not really anything i can't do, its just that i am sure there are more eloquent ways of doing what i am doing.
Post 3 made on Monday January 25, 2016 at 22:34
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If you dont know the first thing about AMX programming, and you represent yourself as being an AMX programmer it will not take long to become glaringly obvious that you deceived this employer during the interview.

I've programmed just about everything out there at this point.

AMX programming is Unique among automation systems. If you are not comfortable with line code, you will have a hard time.
I'm no engineer, but I did stay at a Motel 6 last night!
Post 4 made on Monday January 25, 2016 at 23:30
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Nothing like Crestron..

It's line coding based on C++
Post 5 made on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 18:37
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What they said.
Apparently the coding and software is a little nuanced to where even if you can write code, you need some pointers on the program and how the code goes together.

I decided I wanted to take the programming class a few years back. Even though I'd been in the industry for a while and could program lighting, most remotes, some Crestron and use the AMX software for diagnostics I had no knowledge of actually writing lines of code and the characteristics and vocabulary of it. I was toast after day 1 of their programming class. I was 100 percent sure I had walked into a land where they spoke a different language.

Granted, there were some guys from a large commercial company in the class who all had computer science degrees and programmed for a living and they still took a bit to catch on to the methodology of how it went together and how the modules got laced into the program. But once they figured it out it all clicked and their propeller heads went into warp drive. It was easy for them from there.

So if you are familiar with C++ you could pick it up pretty easily with some tutoring from a programmer or taking the class. If not, the software is not an easy learn like most drag and drop programs for our industry.
OP | Post 6 made on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 22:40
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I would never present myself as something I'm not, the job posting said AMX programmer helpful but not required...which is good considering I know nothing about line coding. Hopefully the rest of my knowledge from the last two decades will help me overcome this one thing. Thank you for all your responses, as I said before very much appreciated.
Post 7 made on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 01:33
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IF youre comfortable with Crestron Simpl+ then you would probably do ok with AMX programming. If youve only used Simpl, then youve got a steep learning curve ahead!
OP | Post 8 made on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 07:24
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On January 27, 2016 at 01:33, bambam_101 said...
IF youre comfortable with Crestron Simpl+ then you would probably do ok with AMX programming. If youve only used Simpl, then youve got a steep learning curve ahead!

Only Simpl+
OP | Post 9 made on Friday January 12, 2018 at 13:22
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Hate to bring up old posts but I had to update...I did get that position and am very happy to say I just earned my AMX HCCP certification. I have never line coded before a year and a half ago and am still trying to learn a completely new language but I have to say I really like it.
Post 10 made on Friday January 12, 2018 at 13:45
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On January 12, 2018 at 13:22, diesel said...
Hate to bring up old posts but I had to update...I did get that position and am very happy to say I just earned my AMX HCCP certification. I have never line coded before a year and a half ago and am still trying to learn a completely new language but I have to say I really like it.

Congrats!
Post 11 made on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 12:59
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way to go-
Post 12 made on Sunday January 14, 2018 at 09:47
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Good to hear that you stuck with it. Sometimes we need a little push or some competition to get us out of the gate, but once you are going down, it starts to flow!
Drinking upstream from the herd since 1960


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