PIC Microcontrollers: Know It All Paperback – Aug 13 2007
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About the Author
Lucio Di Jasio is now Sales Manager in Europe for Microchip Inc. He was previously Application Segments Manager at Microchip in Chandler AZ. He has been intimately involved in the development of Microchip PIC products for over 10 years and is a well known writer and expert on the use of PIC products both via his Newnes books and his work at events such as the Microchip Masters.
Tim Wilmshurst is the author of Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers. He has been designing embedded systems since the early days of microcontrollers. For many years this was for Cambridge University, where he led a development team building original systems for research applications - for example in measurement of bullet speed, wind tunnel control, simulated earthquakes, or seeking a cure to snoring. Now he is Head of Electronic Systems at the University of Derby, where he aims to share his love of engineering design with his students.
Prof Dogan Ibrahim graduated from the University of Salford with First Class Honours in Electronic Engineering. He then completed an MSc course in Automatic Control Engineering at the University of Manchester, and PhD in Digital Signal Processing at the City University in London. Prof Ibrahim worked at several companies before returning to the academic life. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Computer Information Systems at the Near East University. Prof Ibrahim is a Fellow of the IET, and a Chartered Electrical Engineer. His interests are in the fields of microcontroller based automatic control, digital signal processing, and computer aided design.
Martin Bates is one of the leading authors specializing in introductory level texts on PIC microcontrollers for the academic, professional and hobby markets, with 20 years’ experience of teaching microprocessor systems.
David Smith has had 30 years experience in the Electronics Industry. Before arriving at MMU he worked as an Electronics Design Engineer for ICL and Marconi. His teaching interests are focused on enabling Design and Technology students to implement microcontroller designs into their projects.
Founder and president of elproducts, Inc., a firm specializing in devices and project kits based on the PIC microcontroller. He writes a monthly column on the PIC microcontroller for “Nuts and Volts magazine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Another reviewer felt that this book was not for beginners. Perhaps thirty years of doing this stuff has skewed my perspective, but I do not think that this book is a bad place for a serious beginner to start. Yes, it is a handy reference for the pro's, but if you have a talent for this sort of stuff, I think this book can get you started (with some effort) and continue to serve as a useful reference going forward. No one book is likely to solve all of your questions, but this will one give you an overview of what your options are with the PIC.
If you are a beginner, and not a pro, I will offer you a suggestion that virtually no one else will agree with. Learn an assembler language first. Once you overcome the initial learning curve of all the mnemonics, registers, and the odd ways we do math, you will understand what is going on under the hood as few do. And, like me, you may find that it is actually fun to program in assembler. I'd rather write in assembler than C any day. If, on the other hand, you need a little instant gratification (and we all do from time to time) try PIC BASIC, or even a BASIC STAMP.
But I digress. This is an excellent book in spite of lacking depth in some areas. I am glad I spent the money for it, and most of you will be as well.
The text provides knowledge necessary to build a base knowledge of the inner workings of microcontrollers, and explores some various languages available to help you begin writing programs. It will help you understand how information moves within the microcontrollers, explores memory and architecture types, introduces you to the microcontroller instruction set, and more. With this text, and supplemental information from the internet, I was successful in learning assembly language programming, having had no previous knowledge or experience in about a month's time.
I would like to point out, that I felt this book's layout was a bit unorganized. There were sections and chapters that felt out of place, and sometimes left me confused. As an example, the book begins explaining how to accomplish tasks using certain lines of instructions prior to introducing you to any instructions at all, let alone the instructions the text references. I found myself constantly flipping around the book, sometimes hundreds of pages at a time, to find information I needed to read a chapter in the beginning of the book.
Despite the book's minor flaws, it still proved to be an invaluable resource, and it will find a permanent home on my book shelf at the side of my desk. Again, as the book's cover says, it is undoubtedly the ultimate hard-working desk reference, and a worth-while investment.
This book is for you if you are:
-wanting to know everything about PICs. There really is a lot of info here. If you want one book to take you through every area of PICs, this seems to me to be it all. I am a beginner, but I'm more than happy with all the info it has!
This book is not for you if you:
-If you need any hand holding. All the info is here, but if you don't understand it, you're out of luck. One reviewer said this book isn't for beginners, and another review said it's the perfect place for beginners. Well they're both right. If you already are a computer programmer/geek, long time electronics hobbyist, etc, but you know nothing about PIC--it is a great place to start. But if you're looking for PIC for dummies, this is definitely not it.
It does have chapters on programming PICS in BASIC, but it does not teach you BASIC for example. The first chapter jumps into a decent amount of technical info and expects you to know what a computer register is and differentiates between PICs by the bit length of their instruction set. If you don't understand what I am talking about, you might need something more basic first (learning some assembler language may help a lot).
But again, for me this book is at the perfect level. I am learning a lot from this book!
I would highly recommend this to someone with a little bit of technical background, and whose goal is to develop a smart product or device. It would not only aid in the selection of which programable processor to choose, but you may even find examples on how to implement solutions that would save valuable development time. I think this book had a number of potential users, not only the engineer, but the dabbler, the student, the inventor, or the teacher.
There is enough information in the technical data to make decisions in case a chip choice might include some future expansion. All in all a good little book to have on the electronics shelf. A CD is included with source code and a student evaluation edition of a compiler, various functions will cease to work after 60 days so, if you are gonna work seriously with the processors you'll eventually have to buy a compiler, but at least you can try out some test projects. You will typically need some hardware to flash these with too, so the book doesn't get you everything, it just provides the basic knowledge.
Now, an unbelievably comprehensive guide to the Programming, Hardware Prototyping, Interfacing and Debugging of significant real applications for the widely available Harvard-Architecture PIC Microcontroller family. This invaluable reference will guide my subsequent design of any Microcontroller-based system, and is well enough explicated to serve as an introduction for the Hardware Novice (such as typical graduates of most university Computer Science programs), or as complete reference for the EE who must implement a PIC-based Microtroller solution to any real-world problem in sensing and control.
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