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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (June 21 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071451420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071451420
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Pokluda on June 5 2007
Format: Paperback
IMPORTANT: In order to complete the projects in this book, you will need to purchase a PICKit 1 Starter Kit (Microchip Part Number: DV164101, Cost: 36.00 USD) plus some additional electronic components for the more advanced projects. The book states that the PICkit 1 Starter Kit contains TWO microcontrollers: the 8-pin PIC12F675 and 14-pin PIC16F684. However, the PICKit 1 no longer includes the PIC16F684 and you must purchase it separately (Microchip Part Number: PIC16F684-I/P, Cost: $1.39 USD). Make sure to order a PIC16F684 when you purchase your PICKit 1 or else you will pay through the nose for shipping. (Shipping to Canada from the Microchip website ([...]) is 13.00 USD plus a 5.00 USD handling charge for orders under $25). ALSO, if you use a university email address when registering an account on Microchip's website, you will save 25% off of development tools (that means you will save 9.00 USD off the PICKit 1!) Your discount should be automatically applied when you check out.

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).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Nelson on Oct. 26 2009
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I bought the book, and a Pickit1 as a way to get back into microcontrollers after several years' absence, and I've had this book for over a year now.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By snowstorm on April 10 2010
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This book covers a huge number of topics, it teaches you the C programming language, the PIC assembly language, introduces you to the PIC micro-controller, and shows how to program PICs to use LEDs, servo motors, infrared sensors, light sensors, etc. If you digest the information in the book and do every experiment, you WILL know how to use micro-controllers. All the development software is free. You'll need a PC (not a Mac), and a Microchip PicKit1 development board (about $40). You will also need to purchase extra parts for some experiments. Mike Predco has a clear writing style. His coverage of topics is thorough and I rarely needed to look elsewhere to clarify a point. I did some of the experiments and now use the book as a resource. It's great.
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I just finished a review of "Programming Robot Controllers" by the same author and my comments for this book are very similar for "123...". The book is twice as large as its older twin (8 1/2"x 11" for "123..." as compared to 6"x 8" for "Programming...") and thus suffers twice as much from the same problems as "Programming...". When it comes to a "how to" book for programming micro-controllers, this book falls far short. "123" is supposed to be the follow-up to "Programming...". However, Predko starts in at some of the basics. The first thing that strikes you is the rambling verbiage that goes on-and-on-and-on to the extent that, when it comes time for understanding the nuts-and-bolts, they get lost in the unnecessary commentary.

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.
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