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Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches Paperback – Nov 29 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071784225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071784221
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. He spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is an occasional author in hobby electronics magazines. Simon is also author of 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius and 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius.


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It is a good book for beginners, however if you have any experience with embedded programming I would skip this and get the author's "Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius". That one has more interesting content and is only a few bucks more.

The book is small at 151 pages. Subtract large screen shots (taking up half a page even if the information is 1 or 2 lines!), a 14-page introduction, a few blank pages between chapters, and 40+ pages of teaching the basics of the C language, and you don't have that much left.

Large screen shots are really annoying in my opinion. page 126 has 2 pictures of the LCD module; one with the LCD off and another with the LCD showing the message "Programming Arduino". The caption says that this is the shield "attached to an Arduino board" but in reality you don't see the Arduino except for the USB connector. Page 69 has a screen shot taking up more than half a page, but the output is only 12 lines long; the rest of the window is blank and could have been resized. That is how you add pages to the book instead of adding real content!

Some basic concepts were nicely introduced, and I found the chapters on the standard library and storage to be useful.

Chapter's 9 and 10 require additional hardware, but I think you should get an LCD and Ethernet shield as you can do a lot with those.

In short: a book for the absolute beginner. If you have experience and once you factor in the wasted space, only 60% of it is useful (hence the 3/5 stars).
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hey. good starter book - definitely not thorough on the subject. I think if this book was $5-$10 more with smaller print and twice as long it could be better. Examples can be shrunk and fit onto a single or two opposing pages. together with other arduino books, the information is more useful. GENERAL CONCEPTS ARE WELL INTRODUCED. buy an advanced book at the same time as this one.
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Very informative and a good refresher on programming. Includes a lot of explanations left out in other books
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A very good beginner's guide for programming the Arduino. Would be a 5 if there was a larger section on the Arduino itself that explained its "arms and legs". All-in-all, a really good place to start; should be able to perform most functions you need using this guide.
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This book has been a life saver as I'm trying to learn this Arduino stuff. I bought it as a supplement to a kit I purchased because I thought I'd need the extra help. Turns out I did! Easy to read and understand, even for a newb like me.
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I'd say this book is essential for someone who takes his/her first steps with Arduino. Includes essential information about the hardware, but also enough to get going with 'C'. Quite a lot of info in a little book!
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It's my first incursion et electronics, but it's really easy to use. For the beginner, the learning curve is steep, but with the great numbers of projects ou there, it's fun.

I recommend it.
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Just one of those writers with great, clear writing: the contrast with the next book I read (Wearable Electronics) was glaring. I'm making a point of reading Monk's other guides.
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