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Arduino: A Quick Start Guide (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – January 25, 2011

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Maik Schmidt has worked as a software developer for more than 15 years, creating solutions for large enterprises. He frequently writes book reviews and articles and is the author of Enterprise Recipes with Ruby and Rails and Enterprise Integration with Ruby.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356661
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book really sets itself apart from the other beginner Arduino books. All of the getting started and beginner material is there so no knowledge is needed to get started. The projects are amazing and very creative plus the author shows every component and exactly where to get it. It is amazingly simple to get these advanced projects working. Connecting to the Wii nunchuck is super-easy and internet communications (web and email) with such a tiny, inexpensive board is incredible.
The Arduino is a fun little board and with this book I was able to make it do some amazing things. I have worked with kids 12 to 15 and they are completely able to follow the book and get the projects working. It's a great way to encourage future engineers and scientists.
I can't say enough positive things about this book.
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Maik Schmidt has produced an outstanding and engaging tutorial on the use of the popular open-source microcontroller, Arduino in wide and expanding use by programmers, electronics hobbyists, hackers and artists throughout the world. This guide provides detailed instruction on the use of the Arduino board and the corresponding software interface/IDE, giving detailed and exciting projects (that have been fully tested with the recently released Uno Revision of the circuit card) allowing the absolute beginner in electronics to assemble, program and test applications from a minimal flash an LED exercise through sophisticated but easily assembled exercises involving constructing a universal remote control, through a burglar alarm that communicated via email. Detailed and almost fool-proof instructions have been provided for constructing each exercise, allowing a complete electronics novice to assemble and test all of the exciting examples--e.g., including an interface to the Wii Nunchuck. Each electronics construction exercise includes a complete list of the components you need to construct the project, a theory of operation section fully describing the operation of the new electronics components introduced in this experiment, clear gray-scale photographs and diagrams giving the wire-by-wire connections that you will duplicate and a troubleshooting section entitled "What if it doesn't work?" that enables the complete novice to construct and debug these exciting Arduino controlled hardware projects. Software in C, C++, and the Processing graphical language is described in sufficient detail for the novice programmer to follow the code provided.Read more ›
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This book is a great start if you're looking for a really pragmatic introduction into the Arduino world. It's full of very well documented examples that really work. Both the hardware/electronics and the software parts are easy to follow. For example, I never tried to use twitter programmatically and it took me just one evening to make it work with an Arduino. May it be a burglar detection, a remote control or just a binary dice: This book provides a comprehensive introduction in all kinds of sensors you need and how to make them work.
If you're interessted in electronics and have already written small pieces of C or C++ code before, I can truly recommend this book!
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I was reading the book as a kick-start into the Arduino Project. While I'm pretty comfortable with the software development side of things, the last time I tinkered some hardware must have been in the good old school days.

The book enabled me to chose selection of hardware which is a good basis for the book's and my own projects. Starting with some easy examples - which provide you with an early success moment - you soon arrive with impressive projects which are still pretty maintainable as a beginner. Once you build one of the project you are still able to modify, experiment and extend the project - that allows you to reuse the parts you bought.

Due to the structured explanation - I still pick up the book from time to time - either to pick up another project or just to recheck some details. Definitively a perfect book to start you Arduino adventure with ...
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I just read this book and although parts of it were interesting, I don't think it was that great.

I feel the author spent way too much time on writing libraries and functions and he did not make enough use of already exisiting libraries on the web. His code was overly compact and hard to understand for someone just starting out with C and the Arduino.

One project I could not even get it to run, the Nunchuk code would not complie on my system. The book's errta web site was no help.

He also covered very little of the actual Arduino hardware. And what he did cover was too basic. Like for each project he listed "wires" in he parts listed and in fine detail he went over how to wire up a circuit but then glossed right over some difficult to understand code. That is why I believe this book is written more for the software programmer who already knows alot about C, C++ and Processing. He should have spent the same amount of time on the code as he did on how to add a wire.

Don't get me wrong, some of the ideas presented were very good; like an email program to alert you of an intruder. But overall I think there are other books far easiler to undertand and more interesting in using the Arduino than this one.
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