In terms of skill set and competency, I’m a software developer by profession, proficient at developing programs with C/C++, and an Arduino hobbyist.
My reasoning for choosing the technology, hardware, and equipment is based on what I believe to be best-suited for my personal skill set and competencies. By all means, do what most closely aligns with your skills, knowledge, and willingness to experiment.
You’ll notice that my microcontrollers are all Arduino-based Some are custom designed personally developed electronic projects along with others that built from kits. What I am choosing to automate goes well beyond what any person must to do to produce delicious fruit! My end goal is being able to control all the variables that make healthy, fruit-producing citrus trees in highly portable, automated system.
Check out my experiments: