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Programming and Customizing the Multicore Propeller Microcontroller: The Official Guide 1st Edition
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The book begins with a well-written discussion of the Multicore Propeller and the languages used to program it and escalates throughout, building layer upon layer of knowledge, showing how to have fun and learn using concrete example projects. Upon completion the reader will be well poised to continue
exploring this exciting world with the Multicore Propeller.
There is a chapter on how to debug your code and most of the chapters also contain helpful tips for testing and debugging the hardware as they describe the project. Also, all of the source code for each chapter is available online (the URLs are in each chapter). Some of the projects also have URLs to websites for the project or videos.
Most of what you need for these projects is available from the Parallax site, and if not then the text tells you where you can get the parts needed for the given project.
I am very happy with this book, and will be referring to it for several projects in the future. I highly recommend that you get this book if you are planning to work with the Propeller microcontroller.
Once the book arrived I opened it right up and started to read everything that I could that evening. The first two chapters are great! Learned a good bit, however, everything thereafter is really a huge disappointment. The book, mind you, is an official guide to using the Parallax SPIN language and how to program the Propeller via the Propeller Tool software. However! once you get past chapter two a whole lot of things let me down. For starters, every project after blinking the LEDs requires extensive extra hardware. You'll need several XBee modules, a GPS module, a robotics kit, the Board of Education, among various other things such as servos and what not. All in all, to use the full extent of the book and really get your moneys worth is to spend potentially a couple extra hundred dollars. That is asinine and ridiculous. To use a $23 book with a $40 board that has only 8 GPIO pins for use (as everything else is tied up to VGA output, PS/2 mouse & keyboard, USB, stereo & audio jacks) I was a less than satisfactory customer.
While the book is great for learning how to blink the on-board LEDs, it really lacks in a lot of other features that the Propeller chip can do. For example, a solid explanation for how to use certain Blocks or Objects would have been fantastic; especially a proper introduction to how to use the DAT function. A lot of the projects don't make much sense either.Read more ›
Anyone from beginner to advanced skill levels will find this book educational, interesting, and engaging.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It came on time and solved several programming problems I was having with the Propeller. Still need to read more of the book for more tips.Published 1 month ago by John Engel
An adequate reference from the development group and authors at Parallax, this book serves to enable proficient programming of the powerful,8-cog Propeller microcontroller chip. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Oscar Gallardo
I have been using the Basic Stamp and various Parallax robots. When the Propeller came out I started learning and experimenting. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Stempile
Whether for the beginners or advanced this book gives you additional data to make your pet project go. Each chapter written by a different expert.Published on March 30, 2013 by Clive Wakeham
The authors are the most qualified in the field and they use their experiences to get you started on the right track with multiprocessing architecture. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Gordon G. Hope
Great book. Explains how to do computer interfacing with a variety of items -- although it specializes with Robots. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by T.Brute