Getting Started with Arduino Paperback – Sep 23 2011
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About the Author
Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.
Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.
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I liked the tone of the book, it encourages you to get out there and 'just try stuff'. I have not done much more than blink LEDs in various interesting ways yet, but I'm looking to do more when I get more spare time. Can you buy THAT on Amazon?
Not too technical about the programming language, if you've already done some C/C++ or Java, you have absolutely nothing to worry about, if its your first time with a programming language, then I guess you'll bump into some difficulties as it is OOP.
You can make it procedural, you can make it whatever works for you actually...its programming :P
It shows you the basic, i'd say it's an overview of what the Arduino capabilities are and also what is the arduino philosophy. I don't really care about their philosophy but it's definitely noob-proof and I recommend it to everybody out there who like to learn new stuff. Banzi takes it nice and easy.
Have you good one, folks.
Additionally, at the back of the book there are a few helpful summary tables of basic operators, commands etc.
One last note, if you are familiar with programming at all, this book likely won't provide you with much on the software side that you couldn't pick up on your own.
For the price, a good little helpful guide and reference book.
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This book does provide some nice, easy examples. You will learn to light an LED, use a button a little, and some coding. However,with a few exceptions, the book does not really explain how or why the code works. It doesn't explain much syntax or how go beyond what is explained. It left me thinking, 'Wow, this is neat, but what's next?'
Also, the final project in the book it a huge leap from the first few, again, with little or no explaination.
It would be fine for a younger child, but left me wanting.
But I have to say, many of the projects in the first edition aren't in the second edition. I imagine that's why the first edition is selling for such a high price. If you need several beginners projects for the Arduino you will need to supplement this book with another one.
Then the second project. I noticed right off that the illustration in figure 4-6 titled "hooking up a push button" did not have a button in the illustration. So I thought, well it's the button on the Arduino they want me to push. Nope - that's the reset button. So I went to O'Riley Books and viewed the same book there. Figure 4-6 has a button wired into the bread board. So the second example would never work as illustrated. The first two examples in this kindle version will not work if you follow them to the letter. So why did I pay $8 just to have to constantly double check my work and the publishers work?
The author, Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino and outspoken and celebrated Arduino spokesman, does a great job of getting you using your Arduino and explaining the essentials of what all is involved. Who better to learn the essentials from?
I highly recommend getting this book as an introductory guide to help you on your way.
And of course, for a great wealth of additional information, check out the on-line Arduino site and forum.
In regards to a potentially misleading previous review:
The first program works as it should, typed as it is in the book (Yay, Blinky lives again! - It's running on my Mega 2560 R3 as I write this [no additional components needed for this sketch on this board].), and on page 41, Figure 4-6 does show a pushbutton on the prototyping board that is connected to the Arduino.
That reviewer was reviewing a version of this book other than the physical paperback one.
Given the circumstances, it's unfortunate that Amazon combines the reviews for these somewhat different versions.
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