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Practical Arduino Engineering (Technology in Action) 2011th Edition

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About the Author

Since Harold Timmis was a small child, he has fostered a curiosity for technology, taking apart everything in his parents house just to see how it all worked. This fueled his thirst for knowledge of computer science, programming and its uses. He has worked with LabVIEW and Arduino for the past three years. During that time, he has been involved in several professional projects using LabVIEW, as well as many hobbyist projects utilizing both Arduino and LabVIEW. Harold attended the Florida Institute of Technology, where he studied computer engineering and was introduced to LabVIEW and Arduino. Later, he worked at the Harris Corporation and General Electric, where he created several LabVIEW projects for trains and became very interested in serial communication, including GPS and Arduino.
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Product Details

  • Series: Technology in Action
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2011 edition (November 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430238852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430238850
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since Harold Timmis was a small child, he has fostered a curiosity for technology, taking apart everything in his parents' house just to see how it all worked. This fueled his thirst for knowledge of computer science, programming and its uses. He has worked with LabVIEW and Arduino for the past three years. During that time, he has been involved in several professional projects using LabVIEW, as well as many hobbyist projects utilizing both Arduino and LabVIEW. Harold attended the Florida Institute of Technology, where he studied computer engineering and was introduced to LabVIEW and Arduino. Later, he worked at the Harris Corporation and General Electric, where he created several LabVIEW projects for trains and became very interested in serial communication, including GPS and Arduino.

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I picked up this book hoping to gain some insight into Arduino before purchasing any hardware. Coming from an engineering background, the title and approach appealed to me, until . . . Until I read the 1st sentence of the 3rd paragraph of the preface: "This book is for anyone wanting to learn about the Arduino and the Engineering process can read this book." No, I didn't mis-type that. OK, I've made cut-and-paste mistakes when composing emails, but I don't charge $40 for them to be read. This lack of proofreading shows up in the layout of pictures too. Page 2 contains the captions for the picture on page 3. No big deal since pages 2 and 3 are visible at the same time, it's just a bit awkward and doesn't flow very well. But page 3 contains the caption for the next picture, which is on page 4. And you guessed it, you can't see pages 3 and 4 at the same time without flipping pages. This is commonplace throughout the book. Before I turn this review into a book of "what not to do when writing a book", I'll try to fade out by saying that my last gripe is with definitions. When I'm learning something that's new to me, and I'm introduced to a phrase that's specific to the material, I like to know what it means. What's the definition of the newly introduced verbiage? Case in point: "Shields". Now, if you're familiar with Arduino, you already know what a shield is. But if you're not, you might think a shield is some kind of EMI or RF barrier, and you would be wrong. Shields are add-on Arduino modules. But the book doesn't introduce a shield as an add-on module, it basically says "here's some shields we'll be using". As I was referencing the book for that last comment, I noticed the caption for Figure 1-4 reads: "A couple of Aeduino Shields . . .". Yes, I typed that verbatim.Read more ›
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I would love to be able to evaluate this book properly, but I had the misfortune to order my arduino boards from Harold's indiegogo campaign. He raised $248,116 but then failed to deliver the boards to his customers. Without those boards I can't really try out the ideas in his book. I suspect the book is full of errors anyway - the 'technical' updates he has posted to his indiegogo page make it sound as if he is learning both electronics and English as he goes along, and probably knows less than most of the people that would be interested in a book like this.
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If this book had cost $3.99, I might have kept it. But after skimming/reading the first 2 paragraphs and finding many horrendous bugs in his example code

do
{
i++;
}while(i = 100);

... umm, I thought '==' was one of the first things you learned in any programming class? Also isn't it one of the toughest habits to break? Yeah, bad job author.

Also horrendous misspellings all throughout.

I could get past all of that if the content of the book was advanced enough, but it is entirely too basic to be so expensive.
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Harold is a mediocre writer and a poor electronic engineer. It's all on his BE SHIELD indiegogo page.
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I would never read anything by Harold Timmis. The guy took almost $250,000 from unsuspecting people. I won't say anything more than that for legal reasons, but the guy in my opinon is a crook and should be jailed. I will not support his book and James Kelly should have done his homework before joining Harold in writing this book.
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