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123 PIC Microcontroller Experiments for the Evil Genius Paperback – Jul 12 2005
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123 PIC® MICROCONTROLLER EXPERIMENTS FOR THE EVIL GENIUS
123 STEPS FROM NEWBIE TO PIC PROGRAMMING GENIUS!
"Smart" house features and "smart" appliances, are just some of the multitude of inexpensive PIC micontroller projects created by PIC expert Myke Predko.
More than just hours of fun, these exciting experiments provide a solid grounding in PIC microcontrollers and the skills needed to program them -- from the ground up. Each experiment builds on those before it, so you develop a hands-on, practical understanding of microcontroller programming. You don't need any knowledge of programming to get started. But by the end, you'll be able to complete your own awesome projects!
123 PIC Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius:
- Introduces you to programming and customizing the PIC MCU step-by-step -- you don't need to be a whiz to get started, but you will be when you are finished
- Shows you how to set up your own PICmicro MCU (microcontroller) and development lab based on one inexpensive Microchip PICkit 1(R) starter kit
- Vividly explains the science and electronics underlying microcontrollers
- Gives you enjoyable step-by-step experiments that build your skills, one small increment at a time
- Teaches you to program PICmicros in both C and assembly language
- Shows you how to interface sensors, switches, LEDs, LCDs, and other commonly used electronic interfaces
- Offers step-by-step experiments that develop handy resource routines in assembly language
- Challenges you to stretch the limits of PIC MCU applications
- Suggests exciting directions you can take your new programming skills
- Supplies parts lists and program listings
Go to: www.books.mcgraw-hill.com/authors/predko for:
- Full source code for the experiments
- PC executable code
- Links to buy your own Microchip PICkit 1 starter kit
- Links to other resources
IMAGINATIVE EXPERIMENTS THAT TEACH PIC MCU PROGRAMMING -- WHILE PROVIDING HOURS OF LEARNING FUN!
[Inside book] ABOUT THE AUTHOR Myke Predko is Test Architect at Celestica, in Toronto, Canada, a supplier of printed circuit boards to the computer industry. An experienced author, Myke wrote McGraw-Hill’s best-selling 123 Robotics Projects for the Evil Genius; PICmicro Microcontroller Pocket Reference; Programming and Customizing PICMicro Microcontrollers, Second Edition; Programming Robot Controllers; and other books, and is the principal designer of both TAB Electronics Build Your Own Robot kits.
About the Author
Myke Predko is an advisory engineer working on Intel server products test for Celestica in Toronto, Canada. He has worked as a test engineer, product engineer, manufacturing manager and new products introduction engineer as well as having been awarded four patents in the fields of processor design and product test.
Mr. Predko is author of nine technical books including Programming and Customizing the PICmicro(R) Microcontroller, 2/e and PICmicro(R) Microcontroller Pocket Reference, two comprehensive guides to the device covered by this book along with Programming and Customizing the 8081 Microcontroller; The Handbook of Microcontrollers; PC Ph.D.; and PC Interfacing Pocket Reference.
His interests include robotics and he was one of the designers for the TAB Electronics Build Your Own Robot Kit. Mr. Predko currently lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and two Siberian huskies.
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My PICKit 1 has not arrived yet, but I read through several of the experiments and was quite impressed. If you want to start programming and customizing PIC microcontrollers quickly and easily following a hands-on approach, this book is for you. Despite its title, this book will not give you any "evil" projects that you can use to play pranks on your sister or brother. It will, however, teach you how to use LCD displays and interface the microcontroller with sensors to detect sound and light (viable and infra-red), speakers, keypads, ultrasonic distance sensors, motors and other components. Not to mention, it will teach you how to program PIC microcontrollers using both C and assembly language (no previous programming experience required).Read more ›
Despite the lame, lame title and the conceit of having 123 'experiments' (... it doesn't), this book is actually a very useful primer for 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. It has about equal focus on using C and assembler, and the range of provided 'experiments' actually provide a very good cross-section of common, useful applications of small microcontrollers, including A/D, comparators, timers and PLL. About the only basic topic it doesn't cover is interrupts.
I especially liked the fact that the book is entirely based on the Pickit1 evaluation board ([...])and the two PICs provided in the kit (16F684, 12F675). This inexpensive evaluation board is both a USB programmer and modest evaluation framework. The book completely covers how to get started with this board and MicroChip's free MPLAB IDE and the (also free) PICC Lite C compiler.
Even though the author often moves the programmed PIC over to a solderless breadboard to build and run a project, I found I could also test many of the projects by simply running the PIC in place on the Pickit1, and connecting to PIC's I/O through the Pickit1's expansion connector. (By changing some port assignments, and making a couple of hardware mods, I've checked out alot of projects directly on the Pickit1)
The combination of this book and the Pickit1 is a low-cost, low-hassle, no-excuses way to get started with modern PIC 8-bit microcontrollers. Or to get reacquainted with them, as I did.Read more ›
After trying to get into the meat of this book, I had to give up. I compared the layout of both books, supposedly quasi-technical how-to books - and supposedly a text for high-school students - that is supposed to make the link between the datasheet and the practical, to another kind of technical how-to book. I used my MS Access how-to books as a comparison.
The first thing that strikes you is the lack of word-smithing that wasn't done by the author and the editors. Having rambled on-and-on in "Programming...", Predko does it twice as much in "123..." The rambling detracts from the nuts and bolts of the subject to the extent that you miss the meat-and-potatoes with all of the extra verbiage. The number of pages could very easily be reduced by a third with some good, tight, technical writing.Read more ›
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