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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 2 edition (Sept. 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449309879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449309879
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Most of the info in this book is available on the Internet, I think. But, when you've got your arduino and parts covering half your desk, and the laptop with the Arduino IDE on the other half, it's nice to have a book that you can pick up, read, and put back down on your lap.

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?
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This book is great to get an Arduino microcontroller jumpstart, tho I recommend that you go out in an electronic store and get some basic components (3.5 v rotary motor, LED's, resistors, batteries, jumpers wires and of course an arduino microcontroller *UNO (in my case).

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.
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Overall this is a good book which explains the beginners concepts well. Note that if you've bought the Arduino as part of a beginners kit from Sparkfun or some other such store and it comes with a beginners guide (e.g. the SIK booklet from Sparkfun) there is very little in this book which is new. I got the inventors kit and this book provided me with very little new knowledge, although it does explain things in an easier to understand manner.

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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A seemingly small paperback, it is actually 100 pages of densely-packed information. It encourages you to BE BOLD (but warns you of dangerous areas): starting from scratch with a blinking LED, to using pushbuttons and sensors, to driving motors. Appendices summarize how to program via Sketches and how to read schematics. Ideal for tinkerers!
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HASH(0xa7dc39e4) out of 5 stars All form, little substance . . . Jan. 9 2012
By CYNICALifornia - Published on
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I am brand new to arduino, coding, building electronics, etc. As such, I was very excited about getting this book as I though it would be a great primer and introduction into the world of Arduino. However, it fell short of my expectations and desires.

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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7dc3e94) out of 5 stars Getting Started with Arduino Second Edition Jan. 15 2012
By Joel Hahn - Published on
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I wanted to see what was in the second edition so I decided to buy it.There is a lot of useful information in the newer edition, especially on sketches (the software programs that are uploaded into the Arduino board).

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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa784130c) out of 5 stars Lacking in substance Dec 6 2011
By Benjamin Black - Published on
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Although this book is cheap, I'm not too sure it is worth the money. The examples are good to try out to understand how the board works, but you could find instructions on the web for free. There are pages and pages about why arduino is great for creative people, but the examples aren't detailed enough and there is a lack of information on how things are working. Luckily I'm a programmer and searched for the answers on google.
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HASH(0xb3100024) out of 5 stars Needs Work Jan. 17 2012
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There is a problem here. I bought the kindle version of this book and the kit that goes with it. The very first example would not work. I struggled with it, I typed it in, I double checked the syntax. Then I went to make magazine to down load the code for the example. It was almost the exact same code as the book, except the the online version had a #define statement. That fixed it. Worse place ever to have a omission - the first example.

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?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7653858) out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Arduino March 22 2012
By Michael - Published on
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If you're a beginner at using Arduino, and could perhaps use a little help when it comes to electronics theory, and microcontroller programming in a C/C++ style programming language, then this book is just what you need to get started.

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.