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  • Paperback: 1263 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 3 edition (Oct. 16 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071472878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071472876
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #379,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For complete, practical insight into the chip that is quickly becoming the microcontroller of choice throughout the world. The use of Microchip's PIC family of microcontrollers is growing rapidly worldwide. This tutorial/disk package is unique in providing you with a complete understanding of the PIC chip and all the information needed to design and debut tailor-made applications using the PIC family of devices. Programming and Customizing the PIC Microcontroller details the features of the PIC microcontroller and how different devices are accessed and controlled. It shows what happens within the PIC when an instruction is executed and how PICs can be interfaced with external devices. The heart of the book includes: 12 complete projects which illustrate the PIC's capabilities; over 30 experiments to reinforce your grasp of how the PIC works; a discussion of how the devices are electronically programmed; an explanation of the tools used for developing code for PIC applications; suggestions for debugging and easier code development. A diskette augments the book by offering all the Microchip software tools needed to program the PIC, sample application programs, and reusable code. Extensive appendixes include additional resources that can help you in developing and debugging PIC applications as well as tips on how to avoid typical application problems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Myke Predko holds a BSEE from the University of Waterloo. Living in Toronto, Canada, he is the author of 13 books, published by McGraw-Hill, on different topics in electronics and engineering. Among his best sellers are: Programming and Customizing PIC Microcontrollers, 123 Robotics Experiments for the Evil Genius, Build Your Own SUMO-Bot, and Build Your Own Robot Kit. He is the co-author of the upcoming MONSTER book, Robot Builder’s Bonanza, 3e.

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Being a radio amateur I decided to build a processor controlled small band fm-receiver. I was faced to the problem to develop a LCD-Display and a PLL (Phase Locked Loop) oscillator which both need control of a microprocessor.
Having no experience using these wonderful devices I decided to buy Mike's book to get the knowledge how to program a Microchip PIC processor and to understand what I am doing. Most of all I like the mix of theory and experiments in his book. After reading the theoretical part the experiments are providing "Aha"-effects even if only a LED flashes in a manner programmed to the PIC processor. The provided theory enables me to influence the manner and to understand what's going on.
The software included is a real good starting point for my own application. For example the file LCD3LINE.INC made interfacing to the LCD-Diplay easy. Now I am starting to develop the I2C-bus controlled PLL and I am glad to find a software example on this bus in his book too.
Thomas Martin, DF7TV.
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Myke's book is more detailed and will give you a more complete knowledge of the PIC MCU than any of the other books I have seen on this subject. Several different pics are covered, not just the 16x84, giving the ability to move on to the rest of the PIC line with relative ease. The software included on disk covers all the projects in the book and has useful routines that you will want in your development files ( such as: lcd, I2C, & serial). The stimulus files for the simulator and include files are also included
The programming is covered well and there are some tricks, shortcuts and insights that would be difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Style, high level languages, and macros are covered without damaging the readers individuality or personal preferences. The Microchip development tools are included and their use is fully explained. There is a whole chapter on 16 bit math and the same for useful routines.
Hardware takes you through interfacing and driving external electronics with several types of glue logic and several input routines for a-d, switch debounce and much more. Power supply and clocks are covered nicely. The projects are fun, useful and a complete review of all the text. There are invaluable hints on layout as well. Parts for the projects are available and affordable. You would have to buy dozens of electronics magazines to get this many quality projects. The programmer and emulator are worth the cost of the book alone! The author (Myke) is available on the web for corrections and clairifications.
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This is the only PIC book that I have evaluated so far, but I am a little disappointed.
This book gives a competent description of the PIC microcontroller, but in my opinion suffers from a lack of organization and editting.
I found the text of the book to be repetitive and verbose. Diagrams and illustrations were repeated inappropriately. I expected terse, RTL-style descriptions of instructions, this book instead forced me to extract a functional description from lengthy verbiage and the direction of arrows on a figure. A table describing status register updates would have been handy.
With these gripes said, the book is still a good introduction to PIC programming -- my expectations had been higher, however.
Perhaps this book is better suited for mechanical hobbyists who want to quickly learn to implement a PIC design, rather than computer hobbyists who want all the rigorous detail.
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After reading the earlier, excellent book in this series on Basic Stamps, I was hoping to find another book of similar quality to help me delve into the world of PICs. I am, to say the least, very disappointed. I'm a senior level software engineer with a good hardware background, but I found this book to be so unclear as to be nearly unreadable. There is little logical progression in building the reader's conceptualizations. Facts are introduced seemingly at random. Irrelevant ideas are gratuitously tossed in, only to be rescinded shortly after. I looked in vain for a chapter that lived up to its title, and felt disappointed with each and every one. There isn't even an appendix listing the processor's instruction set! There's no way I could program a PIC after reading this book, and I'm almost as ignorant about them as before. All in all, a very frustrating experience.
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The author is obviously very experienced in PIC system design. I hesitate to recommend this book for a beginner, however. The author sometimes seems to write for a beginner, then on the next page seems to require substantial prior programming experience.
Unfortunately, the book is spoiled by the author's inability to write clear English. The publisher - Tab/McGraw-Hill - appears to have put this book into print without any attempt to untangle the author's many grammatical errors. The authors flippancy and carelessness with language comes across as a disrespect for the reader. Examples: "I'm a bottoms-up kind of guy" ; "some people will get extremely obnoxious and will give you lectures on the baud rate vs data rate" ; "Actually, I lied" ; "I don't know if I'm just being anal retentive."
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