- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071784225
- ISBN-13: 978-0071784221
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (590 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches 1st Edition
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Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. He spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is an occasional author in hobby electronics magazines. Simon is also author of 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius and 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius.
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Then, about a week ago, I saw this book by Simon Monk, and decided to order it, and give it a try. I have not regretted that move at all. The two best working Ethernet programs that I have found both came out of THIS book. I am using them as templates for building the more complicated applications I wanted. Unlike the other Ethernet examples I've had, Simon's examples both worked on the first try. I only had to change the IP address and MAC address in the program to point to my own Arduino devices. He has obviously tested them thoroughly before publishing them. How I wish everyone was that conscientious!
Then, as I started to use these programs as templates to build my applications, I found myself going back into Simon's book for more examples, and more explanations on other topics. I used more of his code examples as building blocks for my data storage, and other functionality. Again, the examples in this book are very simple and solid, and they WORK. That's exactly what you need to use as a framework to build your own applications.
This book is small, filled with solid, simple, working examples with good, concise explanations. It delivers on the title - it gets you started with some good sketches for various functionality. What you need to use, and need to know, is not buried in a huge textbook. A beginner doesn't need to wade through reams of technical details, hopelessly trying to pick out the parts they need. And beginners don't need a book full of flawed example code, either. They need a book like this one, that cuts to the chase, and gives them a solid beginning that works.
So, if you need some help getting started, this is a very good book for you. If you need the giant Arduino reference book, that covers everything under the sun in minute detail, then this is not for you.
For its intended audience, purpose, size, and cost, this has been an extremely helpful book for me.
UPDATE: I've had this book for over five months, and I still maintain that you have GOT to have this book. I have used it so much that I've about worn it out. Yes, the info that is in the book can be found elsewhere, but he covers so much material so well in such logical places. If you're trying to understand how and why Arduino sketches work the way they do, BUY THIS BOOK!
UPDATE 2: I STILL stand by my review of almost a year ago. I have used this book so much in referring to things that I may have to order a second copy as insurance in case I misplace the first. To be such a small book, it packs a lot of punch. It's written at just the right level for beginners who are just learning about Arduino and microprocessors in general, and he points you to all the resources on the web for further information. The book is practical and useful and just plain fun to read. So instead of having to copy and paste everyone else's code all the time, read this book to understand at least the basics of WHY things work in an Arduino the way they do.
In fact why wait to learn the complications of the C language?
In 151 clear, easy-to-follow pages, the author more than makes good on his promise to help you get started with so-called sketches (computer programs) for Arduino. He actually gives you the building blocks to realize the original dream of Arduino -- namely electronics for the rest of us.
Through clear screenshots and black and white photos, even though this book is slim and only 8 inches tall, you will really get down to brass tacks. This book takes a friendly, over-the-shoulder approach to helping you write the code to do what you already know you want to do.
Overall, this is one of the simplest, yet most comprehensive introduction to the wonderful hobby of making things happen in the real world with the inexpensive, and now easy, Arduino system.