- Programming language: C
- Platform: PIC Microcontroller 8-bit
- Number of problems: 2
I'm using a 4-digit 7-segment display for showing numbers. I've a few functions that display some letter/digit on the 7-segment like:
zero() // displays 0 on the 7-segment.
one() // displays 1 on the 7-segment.
two() // displays 2 on the 7-segment.
Now I've a number (say 1435) to be shown on the 7-segment display. My current algorithm is as follow:
Extract individual digits from the number 1435 (that's separate the digits as 1, 4, 3, 5).
- 1 will be displayed to digit1 of 7-segment.
- 4 will be displayed to digit2 of 7-segment.
- 3 will be displayed to digit3 of 7-segment.
- 5 will be displayed to digit4 of 7-segment.
To display these individual digits, I'm using 'ten' if-else conditions as follow:
- If the digit to be displayed == 0 -> run the function zero(); else
- If the digit to be displayed == 1 -> run the function one(); else
- If the digit to be displayed == 2 -> run the function two();
So this implementation (for the number 1435) to be printed runs several if-else checks.
- 2 checks for displaying the digit 1
- 5 checks for displaying the digit 4
- 4 checks for displaying the digit 3
- 6 checks for displaying the digit 5
- 17 total checks that run "periodically and unnecessarily" in the loop() function even if the number is not changed (This is problem number 1).
Problem number 2: This implementation is inefficient as when I need to increment/decrement that number (1435 to 1436 then to 1437 so on..), the number of if-else checks are also changed so the variation in numbers is not smooth<