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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (May 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593274483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593274481
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Australian author John Boxall has been writing Arduino tutorials, projects, and kit and accessory reviews for several years at www.tronixstuff.com. Arduino Workshop is his first book.


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I highly recommend this book for any arduino user of any ages.
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While the book is a project book, the projects are really just simple ways to demonstrate things that an Arduino can be used for.
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Mr Boxall, does a very nice job in explaining not only simple concepts but complex as well.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By renaissance geek on May 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'll get my gripe out of the way first then I can go on to be positive. I really think Arduino Workshop is under selling itself. It's not just a workshop manual but a tutorial on electronics, programming and Arduino, and a very good one at that. With that out of the way I think you can guess I really rate this book. Being of the somewhat nerdy persuasion I have of course heard of Arduino but given that I tend to play more in the in software arena I only really knew it as a name and general concept rather than as a tool. This book tells you pretty much everything you could want to know about how to pick up and use Arduino. It's written largely as a set of exemplar projects backed up with the appropriate background information about the required components and programs. I very much doubt anyone will go through the book and build all the projects, but then again I don't really think that's what's expected. It's much more likely that most people will thoroughly read the first six chapters which have the basics of the Arduino, circuits and the Arduino programming language (which, for previous programmers out there, looks a lot like C/C++) and then treat the rest of the book as a bit of a pick and mix. There are chapters on touch screens, liquid crystal display, GPS, internet communication and many others so you can select the elements that your project requires, learn how to use them and put them together. And you even have the joy of knowing that when you reach the end of the book you can go onto the author's web site and pick up there where Arduino Workshop left off. Over all this is an excellent resource and one that should be on the shopping list of everyone interested in creating their own Arduino toys and tools.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric Forte on July 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
John Boxall's new book, Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects (No Starch Press) is a comprehensive book that is well suited to both the neophyte and to the experienced electronic project hobbyist. I've read several books on the Arduino platform and have reviewed a few, but Mr. Boxall's book has raised the bar several notches. I reviewed the paperback version (a whopping 392 pages!) and found it to extremely well written: the prose is clear without being simplistic and each chapter is well laid out. Boxall explains the genesis of the Arduino board and guides the reader through obtaining and installing the Arduino IDE software for the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. Each chapter begins with an introduction to explain the goal of the chapter and ends with a "Looking ahead" paragraph that adds further insight and prepares the reader for the next chapter.

The book's 65 projects range from lighting LEDs, a kind of Arduino "Hello world" (though a "Hello world" project occurs in the chapter discussing driving LCDs), to projects incorporating cell phone technologies like SMS text messages, projects about GPS and even several dealing with the construction of a tank-like robot, my personal favorite. Many of the projects start with a simple version then build progressively more sophisticated versions by adding more components or features with the goal of teaching perhaps a specific technology, or as an exercise to encourage the reader to consider the Arduino's flexibility. For example, the tank robot project starts by using micro-switches to assist with "collision avoidance." Then the reader is guided through modifying the robot to use infrared components to avoid objects, and then to using ultrasonic distance calculation components!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on May 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
The popularity of the inexpensive, powerful and easy to use Open Source physical computing platform called "Arduino" has yielded a plethora of good introductory books. So why is this the one to own if you own no other? Firstly, the author has been preparing excellent free online tutorials on his website "TRONIXSTUFF" for several years and has over 50 excellent web-based lessons in Arduino applications and interfacing. He, John Boxall is a master of teaching beginners to make things happen with this compact $30.00 computer. He has indeed mastered hands-on pedagogy for Makers and this book offers an excellent resource beyond the website. Secondly, beginning with simple tutorials and projects that can be successfully completed by any beginning Maker, John leads the reader to advanced skills including I2C and SPI serial interfaces, attaching a real-time clock module, interfacing GPS components and integrating these Arduino GPS results with Google Maps, and charting the values of a temperature sensor on a LCD display. Mr. Boxall has introduced a simplified schematic representation of Arduino interfaces that can be understood by anyone.

This is truly a book for a beginner to physical computing and advanced Arduino users seeking additional interfacing and programming skills.

--Ira Laefsky, MS Engineering/MBA Information Technology Consultant, Human Computer Interaction Researcher and Maker at Philly's Hive 76 Hackerspace
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2013
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Finally someone that actually knows how to properly write code. John writes code the way I was taught when I was in University. Well thought out and planned with everything in the correct order. This book provides not only the fun stuff but also a valuable guide for programming correctly and a good basic understanding of how everything works. This book is a must for the beginner and advanced users. Great projects beyond the simple training kits and done properly.
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