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Programming 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers in C: with Interactive Hardware Simulation [Paperback]

Martin P. Bates

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July 15 2008 0750689609 978-0750689601 1
PIC Microcontrollers are present in almost every new electronic application that is released from garage door openers to the iPhone. With the proliferation of this product more and more engineers and engineers-to-be (students) need to understand how to design, develop, and build with them. Martin Bates, best-selling author, has provided a step-by-step guide to programming these microcontrollers (MCUs) with the C programming language.

With no previous knowledge of C necessary to read this book, it is the perfect for entry into this world for engineers who have not worked with PICs, new professionals, students, and hobbyists. As MCUs become more complex C is the most popular language due to its ability to process advanced processes and multitasking. RTOSs, that is a need to know for engineers, is also discussed as more advanced MCUs require timing and organization of programming and implementation of multitasking. The book includes lots of source code, circuit schematics, and hardware block diagrams. Microchip's PICDEM Mechatronics board is used to detail the examples throughout the book.

*Focuses on the C programming language which is by far the most popular for microcontrollers (MCUs)
*Features Proteus VSMg the most complete microcontroller simulator on the market, along with CCS PCM C compiler, both are highly compatible with Microchip tools
*Extensive downloadable content including fully worked examples

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Martin Bates is one of the leading authors specializing in introductory level texts on PIC microcontrollers for the academic, professional and hobby markets, with 20 years' experience of teaching microprocessor systems.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised - beware March 13 2009
By D. Neale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The printed content of this book seems reasonable for the price if a bit lower level than expected. However, the book claims to provide membership to a web site that would provide additional specific tools for PIC use and applications. This access is not available. The tools are not available. Attempts to contact the author and the publisher to resolve this issue went unanswered. Amazon customer support could not resolve this issue either.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bates does it again Oct. 26 2008
By Mario Alberto Camarillo Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hello.

I own several microcontroller books, including Bates books about microcontrollers (PICs), the one before this one (the assembler one).

I have a good programming background in assembler for these micros, the mid range and base range (16Fs and 12Fs) so I know the architecture of several micros (including the new 16F887). Actually, if you know a little of PICs architecture you know it's very much the same on all the "product line".

I've programmed in BASIC with PICBASIC PRO, and know how the code generates (32 bytes of RAM just to use the compiler) but lately I wanted to learn another programming language for the Microchip PIC. Since I use 12F, 16F and 18F series I wanted a good compiler and I was between the FED C (from Dogan Ibrahim books) and the CCS (from several forums and the fact it can run in MPLAB). I own Prata's C PRIMER PLUS and "The white book" (K&R second edition) and have read a little, so if I see a program, I think I can understand it.

That been said, let's get to the book:
Bates does a great job of presenting the programming basics (for, while, if, switch, etc) with the CCS compiler, as he presents the program, comments on it (explains how it works) and provides several pointers on each subject. He also proposes several exercices at the end of each chapter.

After the explanation with respect to the programming fundamentals, he goes into the modules of the PIC (again, using CCS) and does a good job of explaining the program and also the inner workings of the modules.

If you have 150 dollars you could get the mechatronics development board from Microchip (I own it), since one of the chapters is devoted to it.

He states that you need almost no programming experience to get results from this book, and he might be right but, I think you must have some.

You could like CCS or not; comming from assembler I want to know where I put every BYTE and every BIT, I can tell you that CCS it's not a very good compiler (for the beginner it might be) because of the definitions but, that does not mean that BATES did not produce a very good book.

Anyone that want's to make the transition from Assamler to C (PICs) should get this book.

Please forgive my english, it's very rusty.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually teaches embedded C! Oct. 30 2010
By JonathanG - Published on Amazon.com
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Conclusion:
This was the book that "got me over the hump" and I am now comfortably programming PIC microcontrollers in C using the CCS compiler. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase and think that the price is very reasonable for the knowledge that you gain from this text.

Comments:
If you know about embedded systems, you know that they are the most basic elements of circuitry. All they are is a chip and you have to figure out how to make it "Go" and do something useful. Just getting it to turn on takes an organized act of programming and hardware together. By contrast, most books on learning C programming start with the almost famous printf ("Hello World"); program that requires not only that the processor be running, but that it have some kind of output device (Monitor, printer, etc.) attached to it and be working. In other words, this is practically impossible to accomplish as you have to have a completely functional system and a high level of proficiency in programming before you can even start to learn how to program. I own a sizable stack of books on learning C and they all subscribe to this same backwards technique and have all proved useless toward actually learning C on embedded systems. Martin Bates book is the first one that I have read that starts with turning the processor on and takes you through turning an LED on which is a realistic example of a first C program with a microcontroller. You already have a half-dozen or so projects under your belt before you see a printf statement, which is the ONLY way to do it in an embedded world.

I don't really have all that much negative to say about this book. It does use the Proteus simulator for most of the projects in the beginning, which I elected not to use and to do it all in actual hardware. I am not interested in trying to learn two tools at the same time, so this caused me to have to "modify" the programs slightly to run on my hardware. This was ultimately a good thing and helped me learn, but it is notable. The middle section of the book uses the actual hardware from the Microchip PICDEM Mechatronics board that has motors and stuff on it, which makes that part kind of fun to do.

Another thing that I would like to address is the other reviews talking about the membership to the website and all of that. This is not a required part of the curriculum and is barely mentioned. I never looked for it as I didn't need it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Need to focus on programing Oct. 6 2010
By John J Monte - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased and read the book and was a bit disappointed in the author. I felt he talked more about the developed tools then programming. Not all users own CCS software to write C codes and I felt the author should have cover more on the programming of how to set up header files ect. I use Hi-tech software for writing my C codes and not all of the codes in his book worked with Hi-tech software. I also went to the web pages that the author mentions in his book and I could not get on the web page. I would rate this book very low unless you have the CCS software to work with this book. This book made me much wiser on the purchase of my next book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A manual not a textbook Sept. 13 2010
By Dr J. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I consider this to be the worst kind of textbook, unsure of what might be a reader's previous experience, at one and the same time assuming certain information while supplying information that would likely be learnt at the same time as the assumed information. It is vague in its starting position, theoretically weak in its content, and constituted mainly from material that is available in any decent C-language book like K&R, the manual for a compiler targeted at the processor, and the data sheet from the microcontroller manufacturer. Books by the likes of Wilmshurst or Wolf are much better, and better value.

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