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Easy Pic'N: A Beginners Guide to Using Pic16/17 Microcontrollers from Square 1 Paperback – June, 1999

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Product Details

  • 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a beginner with microchips PIC's when I purchased this book. My high expectations were left shallow after reading Easy PIC'n. In fact, it was no help when I started my first project. The data sheet supplied at no cost from microchips website was jammed packed with more info than Easy PIC'n. In fact, I feel that Easy PIC'n was a re-write of the data sheet. The book was very vague in describing the specific functions of the assembler instructions used with the PIC and the architecture involved. If you are a beginner with PIC's I would suggest first by reading the data sheet and any other resources off of microchips web site. If you have absolutely no idea of how to write the assembler language, I would suggest buying a book specifically designed to teach you programming. If you want more of my thoughts or need help deciding what to do, feel free to e-mail me at <camerlin@ovis.net>
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I used this book for a microcontroller assembly class in college last year where I had to program a 16F84 to activate and change intensity of some lights sources, controlled via RS232 with a PC interface. Overall, I guess the book was quite helpful, far from perfect, but it did make the job a lot easier. I somewhat agree with the other reviewer that the book is a big vague sometimes and that reading the programming datasheets available on Microchip's website is essential. The datasheets are extremely complete, but sometimes they are really useful only when you know what you're looking for and how it works. Basically, they are perfect for reference, but not enough when you're learning from scratch. The book also has some code bits, for very common uses like Loops, doing For and While cycles, Time Delays,Lookup tables, interrupts, etc. The amout of info covered in about 150 pages (including the usual command and register lists) is insufficient. I often found myself needing more details. This is definitely no PIC bible. The book is also very focused on programming and not really on the electronics. You get a few circuit diagrams, but not much. (to me this was good, since I had to deal only with the assembly and not really with circuit design).
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.
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preempt: im a mech engr, with little programming experience of uC (6811 in college), hobbiest interest in electronics, and a want to learn the basics of the PIC uC...
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...
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One reviewer said that this book just repeats the data sheet, so why buy the book? Please allow me to answer. Those of us who are computer engineers can simply pick up the 125-page data "sheet" and learn the in's and out's of the 16F84 in one evening. But the beginner needs a guide that explains the various registers and instructions in less technical language. Those who are new to programming also need some example programs, something the data sheet lacks. And that's who this great little book targets - - the beginner. So, if you're a pro, look for something a little more advanced. But, if you're a beginner at microcontrollers, I would certainly recommend this book or its newly re-titled version (Easy Microcontrol'n).
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This book does not waste your time and money trying to teach you binary arithmetic, the basics of programming or electronic circuit analysis. You should have some knowledge of these subjects before you start working with microcontrollers and if you don't there is plenty of material on the web to get you up to speed. You dont need to pay money to have this included in the book.

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.
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