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Microcontroller Projects Using the Basic Stamp 2nd Edition
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The author has a good approach in revealing some of the pitfalls with using the Basic Stamp.Advanced users will certainly find some of Al's solutions very heplful, as he explains in detail floating point expressions, and working with negative numbers.
Inside the book is good code on interfacing with a serial LCD, as with others I read, Al has taken some of the mystery out of it, and really puts them to practice in his projects.If your novice to electronics, then this book is for you. Al explains how to interface keypads, switches, LEDS with no experience at all, and certainly makes it look easy.I was impressed by how he expained the circuit diagrams, and other key points on interfacing.
Al has also included his own programmer in the book, and I haven't even started to list his ideas for your next project.
I'm only giving it a four, because the CD was unreadable, and the publisher was kind of enough to send me another one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is for the beginner that wants to get into electronics and has heard that the Stamp is a pretty cool thing. The book starts out with an introduction to the Stamp and Electronics in general. From this, the user is given more detail on the Basic Stamp. The majority of the book is dedicated to the projects presented in the book and this is where I learned the most about the Stamp. The projects focus on interfacing to other devices and this is where the book really shines.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Sadly, although this book is great, I do NOT suggest that you purchase it. The description of the book claims that there is a CDROM enclosed. Sadly, there isn't. The book also claims that you can "download all the files that would be on the CDROM from their FTP site". Yet another issue, because the publisher was acquired some months back, and their FTP site is GONE! Several attempts to address this issue with the publisher, the author, and Amazon have gone without resolving the issue. It's sad, because it's a great book.
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on July 30, 2013
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Well written but not very informative as to any useful project. I have picked up some information which is useful but I was hoping for a book with more down to earth actual use project information. Basic Basic is readily available online.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2010
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The requires a lot more knowledge and materials than the BASIC Stamp Board of Education than you buy at Radio Shack. I was in electronics engineering classes and found many of the projects to be too difficult.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2009
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Sorry, the review system will not let me assign the proper rating of zero stars.

I must agree with Mr. Kvochick's previous review. Might be a good text, but it is falsely advertised and I won't be keeping it long enough to find out. None of the promised software is either included with the book nor available anywhere for download. I'll be returning the book and refraining from purchasing anymore of Mr. William's work.

Under the circumstances, this book should be sold as a $5 cut-out!
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4 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2004
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this book is for the stamps 1 & 2 biginer this book waist 152 pages

just to revie the stamp comanads that you cane find with stamp programing

manual

at the parallaxinc.com and from page 153 to 214 a simpel electronic

circuits a led relay sound ic 386 pwm out put and ltc1298 all cane

be found in stamp programing manual too from 215 to 248 thier is

a simpel ic 555 an explain of his pake1 that is a pic16f84 that do

a slave work for the stamp the pc vb frequency counter

that is conected to stamp that make the frequency count and display

it at pc i liked this project but the program did not work no mater

what i try at page 256 thier is the extending pc I/O by using the

stamp as a slave .it it is a very nice project but the vb program

is not complet may be it is a an importent pro to be given on

a 44.95$ book then from page 269 till 340 thier is the lcd keypads

darlington transistor stepper motor leds all are explained in stamp

programing manual too at page 341 to the end thier is chapter 10

that explains how to start with pic in a very brief .

in the end if you get the stamp programing manual

you will be missing nothing
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