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Beginning Arduino Paperback – January 5, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1430232407 ISBN-10: 1430232404 Edition: 1st ed. 2010

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. 2010 edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430232404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430232407
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike McRoberts discovered the Arduino in 2008 while looking for ways to connect a temperature sensor to a PC to make a cloud detector for his other hobby astrophotography. After a bit of research, the Arduino seemed like the obvious choice, and the cloud detector was successfully made, quickly and cheaply. Mike s fascination with the Arduino had begun. Since then he has gone on to make countless projects using the Arduino. He had also founded an Arduino starter kit and component online business called Earthshine Electronics. His next project is to use an Arduino-based circuit to send a high altitude balloon up to the edge of space to take stills and video for the heck of it, with the help of the guys from the U.K. High Altitude Society and CUSF. Mike s hobby of electronics began as a child when the 100-in-1 electronics kits from Radio Shack made up his Christmas present list. He started programming as a hobby when he obtained a Sinclair ZX81 computer as a teenager. Since then, he s never been without a computer. Recently, he s become a Mac convert. He is a member of London Hackspace and the Orpington Astronomical Society and can regularly be found contributing to the Arduino Forum. He also likes to lurk on IRC in the Arduino, high altitude and london-hack-space channels (as earthshine ), and on Twitter @TheArduinoGuy. When he is not messing around with Arduinos or running Earthshine Electronics, he likes to indulge in astronomy, astrophotography, motorcycling, and sailing.

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Mike McRoberts is an electronics and Arduino (microcontroller) hobbyist who has brought his passion for this hobby to readers with his first book "Beginning Arduino" which is jam packed with easy to follow practical demonstrations of electronics and microcontroller programming using the easy to use Arduino development platform. A regular contributor to the Arduino forum and IRC channels and also a member of London Hackspace. Also knows as TheArduinoGuy on Twitter.

He is available to present Arduino Workshops upon request.

Customer Reviews

My grandson borrowed it and he was happy with it.
This book is great for beginners and pros getting to understand the language of Arduino.
Well written and easy to understand step by step instructions.
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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Christopher T. Dahle on December 31, 2010
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Finally, somebody got it right! I have to agree with Mr. Young and Mr. Laefsky's reviews, but feel that I should add just a bit more.

There are plenty of books out there on Arduino and I own or have examined most of them, so I thought my Arduino Library was full. I was wrong, this one was under the tree for Christmas and it's definitely a keeper. I read the book all the way through and then I started working through the activities early yesterday morning. Having now completed the projects through Chapter 3, I feel competent to review it.

The bottom line is that if you are starting out with Arduino and have been trying to piece together your skills from web tutorials and a few of the popular books, but have felt either out of your depth reading Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects, or that the material in, for example Getting Started with Arduino (Make: Projects) is too basic, this is the book that will vault you to the next level.

Books and tutorials on Arduino generally seem to trend toward two extremes:

On the one hand there is the "box of crayons" approach- tutorials (see practically every website of every vendor that sells Arduino and variants) that give very short and specific instructions on how to wire one or two components to Arduino and interact with them via a brief, illustrative, but not especially useful code example.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Edward Young on December 27, 2010
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In today's world where information on even the most obscure subject is immediately available and there's an absolute torrent of information about open source phenomena like Arduino, it's good to have a resource that which is approachable, and coherent, and supports the beginner from the first steps to immediate successes that they can be proud of.

Beginning Arduino is very well organized, and presented and maintains a consistent pattern in each chapter and for each of it's projects. It takes the reader through a fair introduction of what the Arduino is, it's ecosystem, a discussion of the cool stuff that it can be used for, installation and settup, and it then a detailed sequence of 50 projects.

I would recommend this book for complete Arduino newbies who have little or no electronics experience, but have a little programming experience. What sets this book apart from some others is it's use of available graphics and tools like Fritzing ([...]). This helps the user to immediately start wiring up the projects and achieve immediate success. It also has good introductory discussion of the various technologies and a "code disection" of most of the code listings to help to explain and understand the relation of the hardware to the software.

All projects are all organized similarly:

* parts required
* connect it up
* enter the code
* project overview

Generally, for each project, the author provides

* A physical diagram using the excellent free prototype diagramming tool Fritzing ([...]) that shows the reader exactly how to wire up the project.
* A discussion of the components or technologies (ie sonar sensors, RFID, etc) used in the project.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on December 30, 2010
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This up-to-date, exquisitely illustrated, pedagogically sound, carefully explained step-by-step guide to Arduino proficiency provides all the tools an absolute beginner needs to reach an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in the construction and programming of Arduino projects. It is the only guide released to date 12/30/2010 which is current with the latest Arduino release the UNO circuit card and version 21 of the Arduino Programming IDE. Each project provides both clear black-and-white (actually gray-scale) and color illustrations as well as instructions for the construction of the given project and sufficient detail of pinouts from the Arduino are given so that it would be almost impossible to wire the project incorrectly. The programs for each project are listed in full followed by a commented explanation of the new programming features for this exercise. Like other beginner guides to the Arduino this handbook provides an explicit tutorial from the very early stage of blinking an LED. However, unlike other guides and tutorials which leave the Arduino novice as still a beginner, this extensive (430 pages plus 16 pages of color plates) text guides the Arduino beginner by the hand through the level of Ethernet Networking, connecting an SD-card to log data and sending Email and Weather Measurements from this powerful single board computer.

Thus, this explicit step-by-step guide leads the beginner without error from flashing an LED to advanced assembly and programming projects. The illustrations are exceptionally clear compared with other microcontroller instruction manuals released to date.
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