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"Beginner" Projects Booklet is near-false advertising
on January 12, 2016
I was about to post a low-star review about the "lessons" / "projects" booklet being totally worthless for a beginner -- which it is -- but I'm not sure if that would be fair. After writing it out I decided to attempt working out the first lesson again, and it worked. As the components then do work, instead I am going to make a post explaining why the booklet is not quite suitable for a beginner, and why you shouldn't buy this if you are counting on understanding arduino from the booklet. Photos are attached.
- it comes with two types of jumper wires -- why doesn't it specify which to use in the instructions? Perhaps this is trivial when you know about arduino, but a moderately-priced starter kit should at least add that extra qualifying prefix when it's explicitly targeted as a "beginner starter kit". Or is it a super starter kit because I am expected to be a super beginner (re: not a beginner)?
- The circuit diagram isn't very clear on where to place everything, and the schematic diagram is only mildly helpful. I am a beginner, the target audience of your booklet, I don't intuitively know that the the GND input on the left side of your schematic diagram corresponds to the right hand GND input on the circuit photo-diagram. In fact, I still don't know if it does, I'm just making an inference from why you would have omitted it.
- Does it matter what numbers I place the conductors in? From googling it seems I do, but the circuit diagram doesn't specify where to put what. It's hard to make out what number to place the prongs, and because I am a beginner I have no idea if I'm supposed to just place the pins through the hole or do some other sort of magic with them to get it working.
- Why am I shown two completely different diagrams on page 11 and 12 for the same project? The jumper seems to be at 28, but in the last one it seemed to be on 36 horizontal to the LED. When I put it where it's placed on the other photo, it doesn't even work! Why!? Why do this, for the love of God?
- It doesn't explain how to use the breadboard, it doesn't explain what kind of wires to use when, it doesn't even attempt to explain any of the code, it directs to a webpage that you can only find via google-fu, and it's certainly not adequate for a beginner as advertised. Maybe your product rocks except for this, but this was quite annoying, man.