- Series: Technology in Action
- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (December 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430224770
- ISBN-13: 978-1430224778
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware (Technology in Action) 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
Jonathan Oxer, who has been labeled "Australia's Geekiest Man," has been hacking on both hardware and software since he was a little tacker. He is a former president of Linux Australia, and founder and technical director of Internet Vision Technologies. He is author of a number of books, including How to Build a Website and Stay Sane, Ubuntu Hacks, and Quickstart Guide to Google AdWords. He has been surgically implanted with an RFID chip and is set to host an upcoming TV show called SuperHouse (www.superhouse.tv) featuring high-tech home renovation, open source automation systems, and domestic hardware hacking. Jonathan has appeared on top-rated TV shows and been interviewed on dozens of radio stations about his home automation system. He was technical supervisor for the first season of the reality TV show The Phone, has connected his car to the Internet (www.geekmyride.org), and is also a member of the core team of Lunar Numbat (www.lunarnumbat.org), an Australian group working with the European team White Label Space (www.whitelabelspace.com) on an unmanned moon mission for the Google Lunar X-Prize (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Oxer).
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My background is that of a mechanical engineer, so I'm more technically inclined than most. I have not programmed, or coded, anything in the last 10 or so years, and I have not programmed in C.
This book should really be entitled ADVANCED Arduino. It is lacking some basic overview chapters or appendices to get a beginner up and running. Another very useful reference would be a Programming Language appendix that really covers the programming structures available and suggestions on how to get the most out of the language. For that, I found a useful PDF reference by Brian Evans on the web.
I was hoping this book would have covered some interfacing with motors. An overview on interfacing with different types of motors, including DC Brush, Brushless, hobby servos, and servo motors with encoders or larger motor types would be very helpful. One of my first projects that I am tackling is using an Accelerometer, but I need the resolution via a digital interface. A project including an SPI data interface would have also been appreciated.
I'm sure I will be referencing this book in the future. Some of the projects are quite amazing. I've never thought about interfacing the Arduino to an automobile for real time telemetry!
My book did not appear to be offset printed, but rather appears to be a 3rd to 5th generation xerographic copy, which would account for what happened to the photographs. Before purchasing, I looked at the book via the preview function on Amazon and was well satisfied with what I saw. The photo on page 4 was very clear, as it should be. The sad reality for the book sent to me is that I was sent a very cheap copy of the book shown in the preview. It's going back to Amazon for a refund.
The text of Practical Arduino is solid, informative, and well written, but I have to agree with the other reviewers about the quality of the illustrations. Fortunately, the illustrations are not critical in most cases...they are clear enough that they do guide the reader and augment the text. But they are like trying to navigate cross country with a road atlas that was soaked in coffee and left out in the rain...they get you there but you sure wish you had better.
Most of the projects in Practical Arduino are pretty esoteric. They are interesting to read about, they illustrate novel and clever uses of the platform and they are informative in regard to wiring and implementing a variety of devices to interface with an Arduino.
The step by step instructions certainly appear adequate, and I am planning to complete several of the projects. I expect that most readers interested in constructing their own Arduino projects will similarly find several projects of interest within. However, I would be surprised if many people decided to build every project in the book as a learning exercise. It's real value is in the way it presents a number of very interesting ways of using an Arduino as implemented by some very bright people.
In short, I'd call it an enjoyable read that delivers much food for thought as Arduinists develop their own hare-brained projects. Although for that reason it is regrettable that the photos were not reproduced more clearly, Practical Arduino is still worth having on your Arduino reference shelf for the well written text.