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Arduino Cookbook [Paperback]

Michael Margolis
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Book Description

December 30, 2011 1449313876 978-1449313876 Second Edition

Want to create devices that interact with the physical world? This cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to experiment with the popular Arduino microcontroller and programming environment. You’ll find more than 200 tips and techniques for building a variety of objects and prototypes such as toys, detectors, robots, and interactive clothing that can sense and respond to touch, sound, position, heat, and light.

You don’t need to have mastered Arduino or programming to get started. Updated for the Arduino 1.0 release, the recipes in this second edition include practical examples and guidance to help you begin, expand, and enhance your projects right away—whether you’re an artist, designer, hobbyist, student, or engineer.

  • Get up to speed on the Arduino board and essential software concepts quickly
  • Learn basic techniques for reading digital and analog signals
  • Use Arduino with a variety of popular input devices and sensors
  • Drive visual displays, generate sound, and control several types of motors
  • Interact with devices that use remote controls, including TVs and appliances
  • Learn techniques for handling time delays and time measurement
  • Apply advanced coding and memory handling techniques

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Book Description

Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects

About the Author

Michael Margolis is a technologist in the field of real time computing with expertise in developing and delivering hardware and software for interacting with the environment. He has more than 30 years of experience at senior levels with Sony, Microsoft, and Lucent/Bell Labs. He has written libraries and core software that are part of the official Arduino 1.0 distribution.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 724 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449313876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449313876
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 3.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent survey of what you can do with Arduino January 10, 2012
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This book presents the broad landscape of what's possible with Arduino. It is one of the few Arduino books available that have been updated for Arduino 1.0. Content is organized as "recipes", and you can combine them to do all kinds of things. Knowing what is possible should help to stimulate your imagination. The book does not go deep into any one subject, choosing instead to give you enough to get started, and pointers on where to go for deeper information.

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Two kinds of skills are required (or developed) to build projects that use Arduino. One is working with electronics - gathering components, assembling them, and connecting them to the Arduino. The other is simple programming in C. If you have these skills but no experience with Arduino and want a quick start, this book will really help.

Someone with little or no experience in these areas may be able to figure it out from Chapter 1 in particular, and reading the rest carefully. Absolute beginners may find it easier to start with an absolute beginners book. If you buy this book and find it is too deep, keep it, you can always get a simpler book, then come back when you're ready.

The book is not a complete introduction to programming or electronics. The author chose to go broad to introduce his audience to a wide range of possibilities, rather than go very deep on any of them, but there is enough info to make it work, and references to go deeper.

CHANGES FROM ARDUINO COOKBOOK FIRST EDITION

The second edition has been updated to the Arduino 1.0 release. It is expanded to 724 pages, 62 more pages, and a few dollars less.
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178 of 190 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for beginners August 4, 2011
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This is the first time I have ever considered returning a book to Amazon. I purchased this book based on the great reviews and a brief glance through the online preview pages. However, once I received the book I realized that it is not at all what I am looking for.

If you are new to programming, this book may be great. If you already know how to program but want to learn about the Arduino, this is NOT the book for you.

For example, chapters 1-3 discuss basic such as for loops (section 2.14) and the sqrt() function (section 3.8). This book works hard to avoid "advanced" subjects such as pointers and printf. Even in "Chapter 17: Advanced Coding and Memory Handling", there is barely any mention of heap and stack (SRAM) versus static (flash) memory. Sure, Ch.17 mentions the keyword PROGMEM but for any further details, the reader is referred to [...]. I don't need a general discussion of memory management, I bought this book hoping for information on the specific features and quirks of Arduino.

Want to learn about Arduino sleep modes? "18.10: Reducing Battery Drain" might seem like a good recipe. Don't bother though, all it does is reprint the most basic example of using the freely available Narcoleptic library from code.google.com. There is no mention of various Arduino sleep levels, how they may affect your code and what they do to the internal timers.

Let's pick a more basic example, how about a real-time clock? There is absolutely no discussion of the hardware side of a real-time clock. On the software side, there are a couple simple examples on using the standard C time library. It's a bit misleading to see "#include <Time.h>" in recipe 12.4 (note the <> brackets). Yes, <time.h> is a standard C library.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done. January 9, 2012
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This is truly a beginners book. It is very well done. The book does not attempt to teach programming or electronics, but gives enough information to actually accomplish the small projects presented. I do have a background in electronics and programming but I followed the steps in the beginning of the book, including downloading and installing the software. Within 15 to 30 minutes we were downloading software to the Arduino and had it working. I also got my 13 year old daughter to make some simple "C" programming changes and download them to the Arduino. This, with no prior background in programming.

The book contains many chapters on interfacing various sensors and devices with Arduino. I scanned them all and each one just gave me more and more ideas on things I wanted to tinker with.

I don't like the icons used in the book for Tips/Warnings - why invent something new. I think the standard yellow caution would be better.

This is a great book and Arduino is an outstanding product for beginners to continue an interest or develop a new interest in electronics/programming.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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This Comprehensive Sourcebook represents a novel and much needed addition to the Arduino literature. Up until now many tutorials have been introduced which allow a hobbyist new to physical computing, to duplicate a range of experiments that will gradually increase his/her knowledge of the Arduino hardware, software library and IDE and show examples of interfacing to a variety of devices. This revolutionary sourcebook is most useful for the hobbyist who has gone beyond reproducing other people's experiments and now needs a easy-to-consult guide to any hardware, software, interfacing or communication problem s/he is likely to encounter in designing his own practical application (or advanced experiment with the Arduino. Fully-fleshed out explanations of the IDE and Software Library, constructing your own routines and libraries, device i/o with Digital, Analog and A/C line Connected Devices, as well as almost any type of Communication (Bluetooth, Zigbee, Ethernet or HTTP protocols). The detailed table of contents, clear illustrations and extensive index of this reference make finding the piece of Arduino lore you seek a pleasure.

This is the book for an Arduino, or other Physical Computing hobbyist who has gone beyond following other people's instruction and who now seeks a useful and comprehensive reference that will serve for years to come in a variety of Intermediate and Advanced Projects.

--Ira Laefsky
IT & HCI Researcher and Consultant Formerly on the Senior Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
A Participant in the Philly Hackerspace--Hive 76
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely perfect. A lot of appropriate sketches and deep knowledge of Arduino IDE.
Published 31 minutes ago by RAUL LOPEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the detail provided
Lots of good detail.
Published 5 days ago by Clay Melugin
4.0 out of 5 stars Arduino Cookbook the best with wide coverage
a lot details and useful sketches, wide coverage.

one of the few best Arduino books

good for quick reference, and even good for starters
Published 1 month ago by Cliff Deng
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book, but not a reference
This book has good examples of Arduino applications. The discussion does not go very deep, odd considering the thickness of this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil A.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's definitely worth five stars.
Thoroughly love this book. It is easy to understand and provides examples for beginners to get started without making you feel stupid.
Published 2 months ago by Braden Stromdahl
1.0 out of 5 stars missing pages
I bought this book as reference in case i needed, but the book starts with page number 13, and all the pages before are not there. I checked it little too late to return/ replace.
Published 3 months ago by mxl0333
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped
I had expected from what I read, more of a comprehensive "course" on how to use the Arduino. It truly is a cookbook, with specific recipes
Published 4 months ago by Scott C. Roland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
The book is easy to understand well formatted! I am not a programmer and was able to get several of the Sketches working. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Burrill
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT !
This is a great book for starters and non starters.If you enjoy physical computing, this is a great ressource for your projects.
Published 4 months ago by François Martineau
5.0 out of 5 stars All sorts of projects
This book starts at the very basic coding for the arduino boards. It will help you understand everything you need to know by teaching you how to build simple to more complex... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Intermediate hobbiest
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