Simulating your prototype, an essential part of development, is still not the ultimate thing. You have to utilize your hardware skills to finalize your design. It gives you an edge and authority to claim that your prototype actually works. The challenge is quite understandable – stuff gets pretty hectic when you try to build something in hardware. Trust me, it may look and sound hard but it gets pretty easy as you practice and learn hardware tricks and shortcuts along the way (yes, shortcuts to success). In this article, I will explain the minimum steps required to use the 8051 microcontroller practically (not simulate) in minimum time.