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Product Details

  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356661
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maik Schmidt has worked as a software developer for more than 15 years, creating solutions for large enterprises. He frequently writes book reviews and articles and is the author of Enterprise Recipes with Ruby and Rails and Enterprise Integration with Ruby.


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I am a software developer and a writer.

I got my first computer around 1982 and I loved to play video games. I became curious about how it all worked, so at age ten, I learned programming so I could write my own computer games. It became clear to me very early that I wanted to make a living from programming. Since 1993 I've worked as a professional software developer and I also create open source software.

I still love programming as much as I did that first day, and I decided to combine my love for programming and for writing. I started to write book reviews and articles for computer science magazines, and my first book was published in 2005. Since then I've written several books about Ruby programming, a bestselling book about creating electronics projects with the Arduino, and a book about the Raspberry Pi.

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I highly recommend this book to everyone who want to start with Arduino.
k
Software in C, C++, and the Processing graphical language is described in sufficient detail for the novice programmer to follow the code provided.
Ira Laefsky
The Arduino is a fun little board and with this book I was able to make it do some amazing things.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By tony_w on January 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book really sets itself apart from the other beginner Arduino books. All of the getting started and beginner material is there so no knowledge is needed to get started. The projects are amazing and very creative plus the author shows every component and exactly where to get it. It is amazingly simple to get these advanced projects working. Connecting to the Wii nunchuck is super-easy and internet communications (web and email) with such a tiny, inexpensive board is incredible.
The Arduino is a fun little board and with this book I was able to make it do some amazing things. I have worked with kids 12 to 15 and they are completely able to follow the book and get the projects working. It's a great way to encourage future engineers and scientists.
I can't say enough positive things about this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on January 22, 2011
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Maik Schmidt has produced an outstanding and engaging tutorial on the use of the popular open-source microcontroller, Arduino in wide and expanding use by programmers, electronics hobbyists, hackers and artists throughout the world. This guide provides detailed instruction on the use of the Arduino board and the corresponding software interface/IDE, giving detailed and exciting projects (that have been fully tested with the recently released Uno Revision of the circuit card) allowing the absolute beginner in electronics to assemble, program and test applications from a minimal flash an LED exercise through sophisticated but easily assembled exercises involving constructing a universal remote control, through a burglar alarm that communicated via email. Detailed and almost fool-proof instructions have been provided for constructing each exercise, allowing a complete electronics novice to assemble and test all of the exciting examples--e.g., including an interface to the Wii Nunchuck. Each electronics construction exercise includes a complete list of the components you need to construct the project, a theory of operation section fully describing the operation of the new electronics components introduced in this experiment, clear gray-scale photographs and diagrams giving the wire-by-wire connections that you will duplicate and a troubleshooting section entitled "What if it doesn't work?" that enables the complete novice to construct and debug these exciting Arduino controlled hardware projects. Software in C, C++, and the Processing graphical language is described in sufficient detail for the novice programmer to follow the code provided.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Roedder on April 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a great start if you're looking for a really pragmatic introduction into the Arduino world. It's full of very well documented examples that really work. Both the hardware/electronics and the software parts are easy to follow. For example, I never tried to use twitter programmatically and it took me just one evening to make it work with an Arduino. May it be a burglar detection, a remote control or just a binary dice: This book provides a comprehensive introduction in all kinds of sensors you need and how to make them work.
If you're interessted in electronics and have already written small pieces of C or C++ code before, I can truly recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stefan on July 25, 2011
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I was reading the book as a kick-start into the Arduino Project. While I'm pretty comfortable with the software development side of things, the last time I tinkered some hardware must have been in the good old school days.

The book enabled me to chose selection of hardware which is a good basis for the book's and my own projects. Starting with some easy examples - which provide you with an early success moment - you soon arrive with impressive projects which are still pretty maintainable as a beginner. Once you build one of the project you are still able to modify, experiment and extend the project - that allows you to reuse the parts you bought.

Due to the structured explanation - I still pick up the book from time to time - either to pick up another project or just to recheck some details. Definitively a perfect book to start you Arduino adventure with ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dont_buy_ps3 on April 6, 2011
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This book is great and should be the standard for all beginners with the Arduino board. It clearly explains every single step to take assembling and running the sample circuits. You do not have to be an expert on electronics nor a programmer to create all the fancy things yourself. You quickly learn how the Arduino works and how to create simple programs. Maik gives you all the information required to build even extended circuits or application on top of the samples in the book.

Other than similar books Maik introduced something really helpful - the 'what if it doesn't work' sections for all projects. There are many samples for the Arduino board in the world. But most of them leave you alone if you built it and it doesn't work. These sections provide step-by-step guidance to help you checking when it does not work. With this it is almost guaranteed that you will get the samples working.

I highly recommend buying this book when you start with Arduino!

Hope there will be a second edition with more fancy stuff soon.
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