- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (August 18, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137592590
- ISBN-13: 978-0137592593
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Design with PIC Microcontrollers 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Focuses on the use of Microchip Technology's "PIC" microcontroller chips to integrate the features of a digital design. The book introduces program writing with a series of code templates that helps readers learn by doing, rather that start their own code writing from scratch.FEATURES:
- Uses detailed block diagrams to illustrate all registers, control bits, and status bits associated with assorted functions.
- Uses examples throughout to illustrate points and to show readers how assorted issues can be handled.
- Provides a systematic path into the PIC microcontrollers by showing its organization and ways to deal with its complexities.
- Provides alternative methods for addressing interrupt timing constraints designed to meet the needs of all interrupt sources.
- Presents a systematic treatment of slowly changing events, including keyswitches that have been debounced and scanned with a state machine implementation.
- Includes the I/O port expansion using the serial peripheral interface that provides a simple mechanism for eliminating the problem of "not enough pins."
- Presents expansion with I2C devices.
- Presents the details of the PIC's unusually flexible analog-to- digital conversion facility.
- Discusses the master-slave interconnection of PICs.
- Presents low-power operation alternatives.
- Provides quick insight into the family member which will meet design requirements with block diagram comparisons of PIC family members.(Figure A-4)
- Includes several important pedagogical features:
- Problems at the end of each chapter reinforce the material presented.
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The book covers all the basics though. Serial, I2C, using templates, timers, etc. The examples are generally clear and if you've had previous assembly experience, this is an easy read and good way to get up to speed on the PIC series of microcontrollers.
The writing style is just dreadful, with sentences that run on and on in a prose that would leave Yoda confused. This is not a fun read about what should be a fun subject.
Beginners will find the book too obtuse and advanced users need nothing more than the device datasheets so the book is pointless.
You may be a seasoned embedded system programmer, and you want to get up to speed quickly rather than relying on pouring through Microchip's reference manuals, this book is not it.
It's too bad that the author is not as good at writing as he is at marketing the book. A good writer will make even a difficult subject easy to understand. It is not so in this case. Sadly, the converse is true. (Randal Schwartz of Learning Perl fame, are you listening?!)
I am going to learn to design and program the PIC, but not with this book.
Bottom line: save the money and stay with the Microchip references available online.