- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Square 1 Electronics; 3.1 edition (June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965416208
- ISBN-13: 978-0965416207
- Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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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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I purchased this book and after reading just 6 or 7 pages knew this was the book I have been looking for. My concerns in reading other books and articles was that each author apparently believed his readers had an understanding of such terms as registers, addressing, hexadecimal and binary systems, not to mention what a "label" is or the function of the "equate."
I am an individual that does not appreciate surprises so I am alerting you that this book (my copy, Revision 3.1) was revised in 1999. The PICs that the author presents in this book are PIC16F84 (same as PIC16f84A and PIC16C54 which I don't know if it is still available. The author also has a website that offers updates to such as MPLAB and MPASM, so you are able to complete all examples in his book. Also, it appears that at least most of the newer mid-range PICs have similarities to the PIC16F84A. So if you master the 16F84A you should be able to continue with other PICs.
So, If any of the above interests you and you have tried other books, give this one a try. I believe this book is only available used, so my advice is shop the internet wisely. I paid about $9.00 for my book. There are some sellers who are asking for $50.00 on up. Don't get taken advantage of.
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. This is just right for me but different people have different styles and some may prefer a more leisurely pace with more pictures and more text.
That being said, this book does not (as one reviewer complained )throw the whole PIC architecture at you in the first chapter. The author adds elements of the PIC as the book progresses and avoids confronting some confusing features until fairly late.
This is not a reference work, a comprehensive description or a bible. It is an introduction. Despite my complaints about Microchip's website, the data sheets they publish for their chips are excellent and comprehensive. They serve as a first class reference but they are not the place for a beginner to start.
The author's writing style is straightforward and clear. Unlike many tech writers, he knows how to spell, he knows his grammar and expresses himself clearly. I never once found myself having to reread a sentence to understand its meaning. Sure it might take me a few tries to comprehend the material but the author's meaning is always clear.
If you are a serious beginner, and willing to get right down to serious work, I think you will find this book very rewarding. There is nothing wrong with having only a casual interest in the PIC or just being a dilettante but such people may find this book a bit stiff.
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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
This book is the best book to start off.
Especially the way author progresses through the chapters is really...Read more