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Embedded C Programming and the Atmel AVR 2nd Edition

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1. Introduction 2. The Atmel AVR RISC Processors 3. Embedded C Language Tutorial 4. The CodeVisionAVR C Compiler 5. Library Functions Reference 6. Programming Examples 7. Appendices 8. Index 9. CDROM

About the Author

Dr. Richard H. Barnett has been instructing in the area of embedded microcontrollers for the past eighteen years and currently consults actively in the field. Prior to his tenure as a professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, he spent ten years as an engineer in the aerospace electronics industry. Dr. Barnett¿s teaching awards include the Charles B. Murphy Award as one of the best teachers at Purdue University and Purdue University¿s Book of Great Teachers, a list of the 225 most influential teachers over Purdue¿s entire history.

Sarah Cox has a Bachelor of Science degree in both Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. She is currently the Director of Software Development at Progressive Resources LLC , where she has developed software for projects ranging from small consumer products to industrial products and test equipment. These projects have spanned several fields, among them automotive, medical, entertainment, child development, public safety/education, sound and image compression, and construction. In addition, Ms. Cox has been listed as co-inventor on numerous patent applications.

Senior Operating Member Progressive Resources LLC Mr. O'Cull received a B.S. degree from the School of Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. His career path started in the design of software and control systems for CNC (computer numeric controlled) machine tools. From there he moved to other opportunities in electronics engineering and software development for vision systems, laser-robotic machine tools, medical diagnostic equipment, and commercial and consumer products, and he has been listed as inventor/co-inventor on numerous patents. Mr. O'Cull started Progressive Resources in 1995 after several years of working in Electrical and Software Engineering and Engineering management. Progressive Resources LLC (http://www.prllc.com) specializes in innovative commercial, industrial, and consumer product development. Progressive Resources is a Microchip consultant member since 1995.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (June 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418039594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418039592
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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This book has some good information on programming AVR microcontrollers in c, but in my opinion it is ridiculously over-priced for what you get. The whole second half of the book is worthless to me because I am using a different c compiler. If one is not using the CodeVision c compiler, then I think the same information can be gotten a lot less expensively from other books, the device datasheets, Atmels application notes, and other users on the internet.
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Hi folks!
It's amazing how reviews dated months (or years) prior to the publication date of a new edition got added here. I do own the earlier edition and find it to be *exactly* what I needed to both ramp up my knowledge of embedded C processing and learn the AVR micro.

Now we have this new edition that just might overcome some of the valid criticisms of the reviewers as well as bring the explanations up to date for the newer processors. Or it might not. . .. An update review would be helpful as I don't want to spend $90 to get the same book with a different cover. Ahhh! Amazon's return policy. I'll order the new one and either write an update review or send it back. Nice!

UPDATE!
Well, I ordered the new edition. . .. Here's the scoop: the authors have updated the chip used in the examples to the Mega16 (and sometimes the Mega128) so this is a good thing as there have been significant changes in the naming of internal registers, etc. since the first edition was written. There are some short additions here and there (e.g. a two-page section on I2C) and "Lab problems" in addition to the exercises at the end of each chapter. The new book is thirty pages longer, but somewhat thinner than the first ed.

So, if you're a bit of a newbie (like me) and are using a particular chip (like the Mega16 as I was) this edition is well worth the cost as it tracks the chip internals closely in the descriptions. If you are "just looking," maybe a used first edition will answer 99% of your questions for 50% of the price. In either case, the explanation of embedded C in the first 80 pages of the book is superb! There is also an excellent project example--start to finish--that ties it all together.
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While this book is well written and covers the subject matter well, it is outdated, over priced and utilizes the CodeVision AVR IDE/Compiler which is a costly and a not so popular development tool for Atmel AVR Microcontrollers.

Let's start with the price. $170+ is ridiculous for a book of this category or for any book for that matter. No one should have to pay this kind of dough for a book.

The publication date of the latest release is 2007 which is rather outdated in 2014. There are some good tidbits of information though but this is overshadowed by the fact that the author uses the CodeVision AVR IDE/Compiler. Which brings me to my third point.

The book relies heavily of the CodeVision AVR IDE/Toolchain. While there is a free 4KB code limited version of this tool, you'll have to shell out anywhere between 75 to 200 Euros to purchase a license for the unlimited version of this tool. This may not be much for some, but it's a heck of a lot more than free.

The free GNU based AVR-GCC compiler is a very mature and capable compiler that is integrated into Atmel Studio 6 IDE. This is a way more popular IDE/Toolchain alternative combo that is available for free by the makers of the AVR chips themselves; Atmel. The even more pressing problem here is that the AVR-GCC compiler uses a completely different method for register access than the one used in CodeVision. This means that if you learn AVR Programming from this book you'll have to relearn quite a bit if you decide to switch to the more popular AVR-GCC.

To make matters worst, most of the libraries / source code available on the Internet is designed to build with the AVR-GCC compiler. So if you want to integrate any of this code into your projects you'll have to go through the pain of porting it from AVR-GCC to codeVisionAVR.

In summary, If you are interested in learning to develop code for the Atmel AVR microcontrollers look elsewhere.
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Remove source code and you've got little real substance, hint lots source code to make the book look big? This could have been a really good book on this topic, instead the author(s) spends way too much time explaining their C code not enough time on explaining the concepts. All in all a C- book at best. Only worth it if your not paying for it at $70 - $130 a total rip off as you get very little content for the money. Look else where. Not recommended
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I have only just started programming with AVR and was looking for a book that would help me. After reading other reviews I decided to buy this book - and I'm glad that I did.

It starts off with an introduction to embedded C, moves on to discuss the Atmel AVRs and concludes with a chapter on developing a project from scratch. But, what's good is that it starts off from the basics with plenty of explanations (so if you've never done anything with AVRs before, then this is for you), and moves on to the complex stuff later.

The book covers almost every topic you would want, so you can always use the book as a reference later. There is a comprehensive Appendix in the back too which lists the various C functions and Atmel instruction sets.

My only complaint is that the book dedicates to much space on the CodeVision C Compiler (there is a whole chapter on using the IDE, and several references are made to it throughout the book). It's a pity that there is no mention of the AVR-GCC Compiler - since it's free!!

Overall, this is an excellent book, that I would definately recommend to anyone starting off with programming the Atmel AVR microprocessors.
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