- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Square 1 Electronics; 3.1 edition (June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965416208
- ISBN-13: 978-0965416207
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Overall, it is a useful book, but incomplete and lacking better organization (not to mention the cheap and amateurish print look, but that doesn't really matter). It is worth reading if you're starting with PIC 16F84 assembly. Perhaps a bit overpriced for what it offers, but since some parts are very well explained and very clear, it is the perfect companion for the official Microchip Technology programming datasheets.
i picked up another PIC book first, only to have my head swim with too much initial information... i just couldnt get started....
i picked up Easy PIC'n, and it seems that this was the book i had been looking for to start the learning process (the other book is now a great reference once i was able to boil everything down)...
i even had a friend who has never programmed anything in his life, nor really tooled with any kind of electronics, and even he was able to understand what was going on...
you will still need a programmer and he offers schematics for a test board... enough to get your feet wet, and move on....
exactly what *I* was looking for...
As a PIC beginner, I feel overwhelmed by the number of options and choices. It's easy enough to understand that some PICs have more memory or more I/O pins or A/D converters etc, but you also have to get a grip on ICSP (In Circuit Serial Programming), ICSD (In Circuit Serial Debugging), why these features might be important and which PICs support them. Then there's the difference between the C which require UV erasure & F chips which can be reprogrammed by raising MCLR to a specified voltage yata yata ..... If you wrap your head around that, you still have to pick your way through a forest of hardware programming devices and the various software options that support them. I found the Microchip website more confusing than helpful when trying to get an overview of all these options and how they fit together. The good news in all this is that the PICs are all closely related and once you learn one, the others are easy and once you have run one piece of programming software the others are no longer mysterious.
This book bypasses all that. He uses just the 16f84 with Microchip's free MPLAB programming software. Compared to other intro books, this book is rather dense. He gets right down to explaining the 16F84 architecture and writing the code. This is not a book you can just flip through, the author expects you to read it carefully and work through the code yourself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you David Benson.
This book is amazing. I started working on a pic16f54 and pic16f648 sssllooowwllyy using other books. It felt like i was wading through mollasses. Read more
Excellent! focused on the hardware, but good explanations, and examples of programming. For beginner's.Published 19 months ago by Bill Jimenez
I do not believe that it was intended for the high tech reader.Published 20 months ago by John F. Herbster
I am a student studying Computer Engineering and I had an Intro to Microprocessors course. The course went fairly quick and I needed more help understanding PIC chips. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bits4Bots
If you are having difficulty as a "newbie" trying to program Microchip PIC Microcontrollers, this is the book for you! Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Larry Gold
I bought this book when I started with PICs (2003). After skimming many of the newer books as they have come out, I still regard this as the best intro guide for newbies. Read morePublished on November 17, 2006 by D. S. Bookman
This is one of the great books by David Benson.
This book is the best book to start off.
Especially the way author progresses through the chapters is really... Read more
This book is a competent introduction, but I found it a little obscure at times. It seems that the author intended to write a book for the rankest of beginners, but occasionally... Read morePublished on September 3, 2002
This book was a lot better than I thought it would be based on having read the other reviews prior to buying it. Read morePublished on August 30, 2002