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Programming and Customizing the PIC Microcontroller [Paperback]

Myke Predko
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Sept. 25 2007 0071472878 978-0071472876 3

Tap into the latest advancements in PIC technology with the fully revamped Third Edition of McGraw-Hill's Programming and Customizing the PIC Microcontroller. Long known as the subject's definitive text, this indispensable volume comes packed with more than 600 illustrations, and provides comprehensive, easy-to-understand coverage of the PIC microcontroller's hardware and software schemes.

With 100 experiments, projects, and libraries, you get a firm grasp of PICs, how they work, and the ins-and-outs of their most dynamic applications. Written by renowned technology guru Myke Predko, this updated edition features a streamlined, more accessible format, and delivers:

Concentration on the three major PIC families, to help you fully understand the synergy between the Assembly, BASIC, and C programming languages Coverage of the latest program development tools A refresher in electronics and programming, as well as reference material, to minimize the searching you will have to do


Setting up your own PIC microcontroller development lab
PIC MCU basics
PIC microcontroller interfacing capabilities, software development, and applications
Useful tables and data
Basic electronics
Digital electronics
BASIC reference
C reference
16-bit numbers
Useful circuits and routines that will help you get your applications up and running quickly

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Wish the book covered more topics. June 12 2001
I saw no chapters on other programming languages like picc or picbasic. This is unfortunate seeing as the author seems to explain things very well. I would have enjoyed reading about these subjects from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Beginners Feb. 25 2000
The first six chapters are on/in the Microchip website/data book. Chapters seven through nine are decated to software and hardward design. The rest are on the emulator, hints and code examples.
I bought the book for examples on input/output interfacing and coding. I found one or no input examples and several output examples. Hardware examples were better than coding examples.
This project was my first with uController's but I have been programming and designing hardware for several years. After getting helpful straight foreward examples on input/output hardware and software design, the book became more of an asset. This book is not for beginners.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book for beginners Dec 13 1999
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This is definately not a book for beginners. There is a lack of order and some things are repeated a couple times. Some basic concepts aren't explained and without them just about everything else dosen't make much sense. If you still decide to buy it I would recommend downloading the datasheets from Microchip and read those before you start the book; and also finding a short description of the commands. One good thing is that he will answer your emails and answer your questions
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1.0 out of 5 stars PIC Microcontroller Nov. 29 1999
By A Customer
This is the most poorly written book I've read in years. Spending a few minutes at the Microchip web site will provide better information (and the editing will be a few hundred times better.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Differences between Harware and Software Sept. 7 1999
By A Customer
This book will setup the beginner with a HOW-TO for developing the hardware necessary to program the PIC. It delves very little into the HOW-TO of the actual software. If you are looking for the instruction set or the methodologies of programming, start with Microchip's Data books. However, if you want a jump start to developing your own hardware to program the PIC, this is an excellent resource. Note that with as many websites as there are today, you may be able to find most of the information online, however, this book will give you a nice place to start your hardware designs.
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By A Customer
This wonderful book allows students of all levels of electronics to gain a good understanding of the PIC architecture and programming . The scope is well - defined throughout , with numerous experiments and a wealth of PIC resources outside of the text . I am using the book myself and found all the examples clearly explained - as of now I am building a PIC programmer from the layout included in the book . I recommend this text to anyone who wishes to get a hands on course in this topic !
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The author may know the subject, however by reading the book one does not get that feeling. The book has numerous errors. The author has no idea as to how a book should be written clearly so that people can understand the subject. Microchip data sheets are written better than the whole book. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANY BODY. FIND A DIFFERENT BOOK IF YOU WANT TO LEARN THIS SUBJECT OF PIC MICROCONTROLLERS.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor organization and writing July 12 1999
By A Customer
After reading the mixed reviews, I bought this book anyway. Even the more negative reviews had not prepared me for the vague writing style and, much worse, the very real lack of structure. There is progression of ideas is weak and haphazard with insufficient explanation of basic concepts. It is possible to learn from this book, but only by reading the datasheets first, and then perhaps by reading the book cover to cover twice -- I had expected the book to serve as a self-contained introduction, allowing me to use the datasheet only as a reference, but I could not use it as such. Instead of this book, I recommend Peatman's book over this one (also sold by Amazon). It has everything this book lacks, and covers more ground, including features of the more advanced PIC controllers.
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