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BeagleBone Home Automation by [Lumme, Juha]
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About the Author

Juha Lumme

Juha Lumme is an engineer with over 10 years' experience in the telecommunications field in various roles. He has been developing platform software for mobile phones and also working on the telecommunication networks side. Embedded systems are his passion, and a hobby he is working on in free time as well.

He is passionate about Linux and open source software in general. The open hardware movement in the recent years is also close to his heart, and he hopes we can all soon hack and build our dreams in a world free of patent abuse.

When not working on his computer, he loves traveling and riding mountain roads on his motorbike around Kanto prefecture in Japan.

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  • File Size: 6819 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1783285737
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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This book seems to attempt to start at the basics and work its way up through the depths of electronics and hardware to achieve _something_ with which the reader can utilize as a skill set to implement their own home automation system. With that, it falls short in a number of ways:

1. It assumes that you have familiarity with programming in python and that you have some experience with Java on the Android platform, and that you're wielding a BeagleBone Black, not a BeagleBone.
2. While it makes assumptions that you don't know anything about the BeagleBone Black, Linux, electricity, schematics, or electronic terminology, it does approach offensive with the level of detail that it goes into when it's not quite necessary. It's hit and miss though, so you would be ill advised to use this book as an intro to anything.
3. The examples provided, and often, even the chapters themselves seem to veer quite far from the context or path of the learning material. One example of this is how the book covers in great detail the implementation of a pretty useless custom TCP/IP network protocol. If you want to do such a thing, buy a book on that topic and do it right.
4. In contrast, things that should be in the book often aren't. The last couple of chapters talked about the importance of securing the network protocol that you implement so that 3rd parties can't connect, hijack, or otherwise monitor your home on your behalf. The last paragraph of the book *spoiler alert!* suggests that you continue with the author's suggestions by implementing something yourself.
5. The book doesn't really cover home automation. I couldn't so much as turn on a light after following the content. In fact, I would say that it barely covered the Beaglebone Black.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The author does an excellent job of explaining how to get started on the do-it-yourself path to home automation. This is a book I wish I had when I started working on embedded linux and the BeagleBone!

Home automation is not an easy topic. Especially at the level presented in the book. Using the BeagleBone to control the physical world is the combination of circuit theory, hardware, embedded linux, networking, and software development. The book is full of great examples (with code!) for working projects. It also provides good insight and helpful tips along the way. I especially liked the helpful tips scattered throughout the book. They provide really useful details on some of the more complex aspects of the topics presented.

Overall, the author does an excellent job of explaining how to get started on the do-it-yourself path to home automation. I think the author walks you through the topics in a careful and thoughtful manner. Each chapter builds on the previous ones and expands the foundation you will need for your own projects.

In short, this book will not tell you everything you need to know about home automation but it's certainly a great place to start.
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I’ve had an interest in exploring the BeagleBone Black for some time now, therefore when I was given the opportunity to review Juha Lumme’s ‘BeagleBone Home Automation’ I jumped at the chance with visions of learning how to fortify my home automation utilising electronic cunning that would put Macaulay Culkin to shame.

The book has a nice, almost conversational tone to it which made it easy to read and provides decent introductions to both programming as well as hardware. However, after a promising start, the book seemed to veer off track. There are several sections which cover varying concepts which are good to know, but leave you scratching your head as to the relevance to home automation.

The biggest reason for it losing stars is the fact that there is little practical home automation information provided. There are several good examples of how to prove concepts on a small scale, however, the remaining implementation is left for the reader to work out. I’m not suggesting every scenario be covered; but even a little guidance as to how the reader could implement and take forward the concepts to a practical scale would have been very useful as you’re left feeling a little short-changed.

On one hand I was glad to see a section at the end which introduced security concepts – but on the other hand, I was disappointed that it seemed to be added at the end as an after-thought. Systems like home automation are reliant on being secure, therefore I would have preferred security be built into every chapter to help readers build secure systems from the outset.

All in all this is a good book for a beginner interested in learning the basics. However, it could have done with better focus and seeing implementations through to a more practical level.
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Format: Paperback
After reading this book and working through a number of the chapters, I have mixed feelings. While this book caters to my knowledge and skills pretty well, I see it as more of a cookbook/reference type collection of semi-related tasks. The absolute beginner will probably be frustrated by their lack of Linux and networking proficiency, but the advanced user might be frustrated by a verbose level of explanation occasionally. Additionally, this really should be titled as a BeagleBone Black book.

I think the most satisfied readers will fall somewhere in the middle of a spectrum of experience and knowledge. For many readers, definitions and concepts may need to be learned elsewhere. Even so, I found myself asking the question "Why do it that way?" more than once.

It's a hard task to create a one-size-fits-all solution to teaching specialized technological concepts. I would like to see the chapters reorganized to allow for easier skimming over known concepts and increasingly advanced material as the chapter progresses. I found myself starting with the chapter summaries and working backwards to better understand a chapter. I really like a lesson plan approach to learning/teaching, and I think this material would benefit from that strategy.

This book has been valuable during the course of my home automation project (an Internet-controlled dog feeder), and the answers I still seek might be inside it. But it's impossible to know what you don't know. The primary resources I have used, however, are freely available tutorials on the web. But I like books, and this one has a place on my (e)shelf.
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