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Getting Started with Arduino Paperback – September 23, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1449309879 ISBN-10: 1449309879 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; Second Edition edition (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449309879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449309879
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.


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Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas.

Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Torino.

He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions allover the world.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.

Massimo is also the author of "Getting Started with Arduino" published by O'Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation.

He currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in the south of Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.

Customer Reviews

Easy to follow, very well explained examples.
Taner Selim
I don't recall exactly how long it took me, but I went from never touching an Arduino to working my way completely through the book in somewhere around 2 hours time.
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I got this book along with the "Electronic Parts for Getting Started With Arduino book (BOOK NOT INCLUDED)" and the Arduino UNO circuit board.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By CYNICALifornia on January 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am brand new to arduino, coding, building electronics, etc. As such, I was very excited about getting this book as I though it would be a great primer and introduction into the world of Arduino. However, it fell short of my expectations and desires.

This book does provide some nice, easy examples. You will learn to light an LED, use a button a little, and some coding. However,with a few exceptions, the book does not really explain how or why the code works. It doesn't explain much syntax or how go beyond what is explained. It left me thinking, 'Wow, this is neat, but what's next?'

Also, the final project in the book it a huge leap from the first few, again, with little or no explaination.

It would be fine for a younger child, but left me wanting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joel Hahn on January 15, 2012
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I wanted to see what was in the second edition so I decided to buy it.There is a lot of useful information in the newer edition, especially on sketches (the software programs that are uploaded into the Arduino board).

But I have to say, many of the projects in the first edition aren't in the second edition. I imagine that's why the first edition is selling for such a high price. If you need several beginners projects for the Arduino you will need to supplement this book with another one.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Black on December 6, 2011
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Although this book is cheap, I'm not too sure it is worth the money. The examples are good to try out to understand how the board works, but you could find instructions on the web for free. There are pages and pages about why arduino is great for creative people, but the examples aren't detailed enough and there is a lack of information on how things are working. Luckily I'm a programmer and searched for the answers on google.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bike4Life on January 17, 2012
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There is a problem here. I bought the kindle version of this book and the kit that goes with it. The very first example would not work. I struggled with it, I typed it in, I double checked the syntax. Then I went to make magazine to down load the code for the example. It was almost the exact same code as the book, except the the online version had a #define statement. That fixed it. Worse place ever to have a omission - the first example.

Then the second project. I noticed right off that the illustration in figure 4-6 titled "hooking up a push button" did not have a button in the illustration. So I thought, well it's the button on the Arduino they want me to push. Nope - that's the reset button. So I went to O'Riley Books and viewed the same book there. Figure 4-6 has a button wired into the bread board. So the second example would never work as illustrated. The first two examples in this kindle version will not work if you follow them to the letter. So why did I pay $8 just to have to constantly double check my work and the publishers work?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you're a beginner at using Arduino, and could perhaps use a little help when it comes to electronics theory, and microcontroller programming in a C/C++ style programming language, then this book is just what you need to get started.

The author, Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino and outspoken and celebrated Arduino spokesman, does a great job of getting you using your Arduino and explaining the essentials of what all is involved. Who better to learn the essentials from?

I highly recommend getting this book as an introductory guide to help you on your way.

And of course, for a great wealth of additional information, check out the on-line Arduino site and forum.

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In regards to a potentially misleading previous review:

The first program works as it should, typed as it is in the book (Yay, Blinky lives again! - It's running on my Mega 2560 R3 as I write this [no additional components needed for this sketch on this board].), and on page 41, Figure 4-6 does show a pushbutton on the prototyping board that is connected to the Arduino.

That reviewer was reviewing a version of this book other than the physical paperback one.

Given the circumstances, it's unfortunate that Amazon combines the reviews for these somewhat different versions.
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Format: Paperback
If planning on gifting someone completely unfamiliar with micro-controllers a book explaining in very broad and basic terms how the Arduino system works, then this is a great buy. If you're savvy enough to use internet resources to learn Arduino - and you know a little about micro-computing and micro-controllers, then there is a deluge of free information at the Arduino website - among many others - without having to pay for cellulose and ink.

The Arduino website has almost everything listed in this book, as well as tutorials and sketches (programs) to implement most everything Massimo Banzi describes in this book. That said, it's a great accompaniment (mainly aesthetic) for an Arduino gift package, and it's more convenient for some individuals to take small bites from this subject, which can become increasingly more complex by orders of magnitude the more you "dig in."

In short the author does a good job of laying out the very general and broad concepts behind Arduino, and he packages it in a thin, portable tome. While I enjoyed reading it at first - when I had no idea how a micro-controller spoke to the world - I quickly realized that it would be better to hand off to someone as a gift to give him/her an idea of what I was doing with Arduino as opposed to keeping it as a reference. In fact, I gave it to an older co-worker who had experimented with 5v digital circuits back in the '70's and '80's when digital calculators were coming of age and TI was in its historical hotspot. He found the book an excellent intro to the concept of physical computing, and he has since been able to integrate much of his understanding of digital logic IC's and basic circuit design with the Arduino platform over time.
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