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  • Paperback: 1190 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 2 edition (Dec 4 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071361723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071361729
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.3 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #858,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a time when digital electronics is becoming more complex and less accessible to students and low-end circuit developers, microcontrollers have become excellent tools for learning about electronics and programming, as well as providing the capabilities to create sophisticated electronic applications fairly easily and inexpensively. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Lahens on Nov. 6 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a professional embedded programmer. I purchased this book so that I could get up to speed on the Microchip PIC architecture and its assembly language.
I read the first 105 pages of the book in detail so that I'd have a basic understanding of the PIC micro architecture for the mid-range family. (I acquired an MPLAB-ICD, from Microchip, which is based on the 16F877 -midrange chip.) Afterwards I went straight to the section in chap. 14 on the MPLAB-ICD and got the ICD kit running.
After that, I went to chapter 15 and did the first 10 experiments using the MPLAB-ICD. Basically, the course that I followed allowed me to get up to speed in the shortest amount of time. Most of these experiments were designed for the 16F84 but they're all easily modified to run on the 16F877.
My findings:
1. The book is sprinkled with spelling and grammatical errors, however so is the Microchip documentation on their chips - this is more frustrating because you're taking Microchip's word as absolute truth.
2. It is nice that Myke included the El-Cheapo programmer circuit board. However, given the time and cost associated with building it, I'd rather use the MPLAB-ICD. However (there's always a however) the El-Cheapo programs quite a variety while the ICD only does the 16F877. (Note: Microchip has a new ICD that programs all or most of their chips. It's low cost and is already built.)
3. Unlike other reviewers, I found the code that I ran to be reliable - I found no blatant errors in the code - errors that would keep the code from running "as advertised." I copied my code from the CD - this was a time-saver.
4. The book is way too long to read from cover to cover. I'd die of boredom if I tried to do this.
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I cease to be amazed by the number of technical books of late that make such prodigious use of the first person ("I did this and I did that"). It really strikes a raw nerve with those of us who try to write serious useful technical publications.
The book itself contains most of the information needed to begin the task of building and programming PIC micro projects, but the obnoxious proliferation of first person pronouns (as many as five in a given sentence) is extremely distracting.
Shame on McGraw-Hill for allowing this kind of writing to go unedited.
On the positive side, much credit needs to be given to Mr. Predko and people like him who can churn out over 1000 pages of reasonably useful information. And thanks so much for the "El Cheapo" printed circuit board. The CD, however, was a disappointment: In spite of repeated attempts on four different PC's, it does not work properly.
I recommend this book as a good source of information for those who are embarking upon the world of PIC micros, if you can overlook the fact that the whole work could have been presented in less than 75% the amount of paper in a more robust style, had it been properly proof-read and edited.
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I have found this book to be the most thorough compilation of PIC micro information that is available. Again and again, I have looked at other books, then returned to Predko. It covers just about any topic you can imagine - - PIC hardware, timers, LCDs, various types of interfacing & communications, motors & servos, emulators, and on and on. Here, in one book, you can get the author's advice and a short example for just about anything you're doing with the PIC. While I do not recommend this book for people just beginning to learn about PICs, it should be on everyone's shelf as a reference, once you have been through your first course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hal lewis on Aug. 20 2003
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Just as bad as his 8051 book in the quality of the English. He probably knows how to program the PIC MCUs, but I couldn't stick around long enough to find out. The book desperately needs an editor, and the publisher should be ashamed of letting a semi-literate author get away with this. It reflects on them as much as on him. The bad grammar and spelling can distract one from the technical errors. And there are plenty of those, partly oversight and partly the author's own shallow understanding.
Just opening at random to pp. 178-179, on clock oscillators I learn that "applications that require extreme accuracy allow the use of cheaper clock designs." How about "do not require"? Then I learn that "an error of 30% to the target speed are not unheard of." Sure, that's just English, but gee whiz, it's that way through the book. Then I learn that the circuit uses a "Schmidt trigger," presumably the German version of the well-known Schmitt trigger. Lower on the page I find "Crystals and ceramic resonators delay the propagation of a signal a set amount of time. This set amount is dependent on how the crystal is cut." If ever an author were asked to demonstrate that he hasn't a clue about how a crystal works, he couldn't find a better way. And so forth. It's that way on every page.
He probably knows the PIC processors pretty well, and I won't take that away from him. One pass through the book by a competent copy editor, and another by a real electronic expert could easily turn this into a much shorter, coherent, accurate, and useful book, but neither of those has happened.
All his books seem to have a strange combination of rave reviews and pans, with very little in between. That's unnatural, and the explanation that jumps to mind is bothersome.
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