- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; Second Edition edition (September 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449309879
- ISBN-13: 978-1449309879
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.
Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.
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But I have to say, many of the projects in the first edition aren't in the second edition. I imagine that's why the first edition is selling for such a high price. If you need several beginners projects for the Arduino you will need to supplement this book with another one.
Other errata for the book, both print and PDF (I don't see Kindle errata) are here:
I found one other diagram hard to decipher - it was hard to tell which pins the wires were supposed to be inserted in. It is listed in O'Reilly's unconfirmed errata.
Too bad about the errors - that takes time away from experimenting. Finding their bugs isn't as interesting as looking for mine. I do like their approach to the examples, though so it at least rates a 3 in the Kindle version.
The book could use more information about the capabilities of the programming language and the IDE (like the ability/need to choose the flavor of board). The Monk book did have some of this information in passing, but it also had programming errors which where unforgivable.
This book by Massimo was written with love (well, he's a parent) and it shows.
I don't recall exactly how long it took me, but I went from never touching an Arduino to working my way completely through the book in somewhere around 2 hours time.
For the final project, here is a quick link for Python ([...]) if you feel like using it instead of Processing. I was able to set it up and running within minutes and crawl the web articles with alternating LEDs, inspired by one of Jeremy Blum's tutorials ([...]).
Overall, it was a ton of fun and can't wait to do more with Arduino.
Note: The kit includes most of the items in the book but not all, such as the MOSFET transistor, diode or the motor (Project 7).
The illustrations (sketches) are too imprecise to carry meaning for those not familiar with electronics. The author continually refers to the USB interface as a serial port, confusing readers who interpret USB as USB and serial as RS232C.
I think the author missed his audience. But, in the end, he did introduce the Arduino, and "That's okay." But he didn't sell it.
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