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Arduino Cookbook [Paperback]

Michael Margolis
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2 Jan 2012

Want to create devices that interact with the physical world? This cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to experiment with the popular Arduino microcontroller and programming environment. You’ll find more than 200 tips and techniques for building a variety of objects and prototypes such as toys, detectors, robots, and interactive clothing that can sense and respond to touch, sound, position, heat, and light.

You don’t need to have mastered Arduino or programming to get started. Updated for the Arduino 1.0 release, the recipes in this second edition include practical examples and guidance to help you begin, expand, and enhance your projects right away—whether you’re an artist, designer, hobbyist, student, or engineer.

  • Get up to speed on the Arduino board and essential software concepts quickly
  • Learn basic techniques for reading digital and analog signals
  • Use Arduino with a variety of popular input devices and sensors
  • Drive visual displays, generate sound, and control several types of motors
  • Interact with devices that use remote controls, including TVs and appliances
  • Learn techniques for handling time delays and time measurement
  • Apply advanced coding and memory handling techniques

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Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects

About the Author

Michael Margolis is a technologist in the field of real time computing with expertise in developing and delivering hardware and software for interacting with the environment. He has more than 30 years of experience at senior levels with Sony, Microsoft, and Lucent/Bell Labs. He has written libraries and core software that are part of the official Arduino 1.0 distribution.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 200 recipes in this Arduino Cookbook 3 Jun 2012
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This (second edition) is an outstanding guide to the Arduino environment. It is probably not for the absolute beginner, who would find "Getting Started with Arduino" by Massimo Banzi a clear and concise introduction. By contrast this 700 page Cookbook covers a huge range of topics, from using the C++ language to do simple arithmetic to detailed control of associated hardware. The 18 chapters are arranged in a total of over 200 sections, each of which contains a recipe describing a task, a circuit diagram and sample computer code where appropriate, followed by a detailed discussions which are in effect mini tutorials. The style is concise, extremely clear and objective - the author being able to make his point without being patronising and without any misguided attempts to liven the text with unnecessary humour. It is extraordinarily comprehensive; with four different recipes for controlling ordinary DC motors, as well as sections on stepper motors and servos. Using these recipes you will be able to communicate with other Arduinos, with your PC and with Web pages. You will also be able to send Twitter messages containing sensor data, keeping you informed even when off-site. It does not stop there, as with other O'Reilly books, there is comprehensive on-line support. I did find a diagram with one unlabelled component. If I had not been an absolute newcomer to this world I would have been able to guess the component value, but instead I asked for clarification by email and received a response from the author within hours. With this kind of support you cannot go wrong! Heartily recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book for Arduino enthusiast 11 Sep 2011
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I am a beginner using Arduino and the C++ programming language.
I cannot rate this book high enough for Arduino newcomers and am surprised at the low number of reviews compared to Amazon US. My first sketch was using the Servo which worked first time with the help from the excellent schematic diagrams.
My second sketch was driving two motors using a H bridge. Again, with the schematic diagrams I had a small track tank running backwards and forward using modifications of Michael's code. My next sketch used an ultrasonic transducer for distance determination for the above tank. I was able to download all the code from O'Reilly's website. Contrary to a previous reviewer I find the explanations clear and easy to understand. The code is well documented and I am already creating my own functions instead of copying willy nilly. With twenty pages of an Index it is not difficult to locate information. There are numerous tips and tricks covering code problems, electronic components, reading data sheets and other resources. From being a failed hobbyist assembly code programmer trying to get PICs to work, I now can realise my projects with ease thanks to this cookbook. Yes, you can find most of the examples on the web but having a 600 page reference saves a great deal of time. If you are new to Arduino this is the only book you will need. Look at the US reviews from the experienced Arduino programmers for confirmation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Go For It! 22 Jan 2013
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There seem to be lots of starter books for those starting out with the Arduino. This book is about twice the price and starts out with the most basic steps but takes you as far as you wish to go. I bought it because it seemed a false economy to buy a beginners and finding that once I'd 'got the lights flashing' I couldn't get any further. I think I did the right thing

The book is well written and takes you step by step through programming the Arduino. It will still be useful to you a long time after you progress beyond beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners 15 Jan 2013
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As a complete beginner to Arduino I can't overstate how helpful and comprehensive this book is. The sketches and associated diagrams are great and they work first time. There is lots of information on the Internet and I have tried to use it . Mostly there are errors and differences of opinion from experts which only confuse. This book is simple to understand and will get you going quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Reference 22 Nov 2011
By gavspav
I've been dipping into Arduino occasionally for the past few years and could in no way call myself an expert. I've had the book a couple of months now and it has proved extremely useful on a number of occasions.

Of course the internet is a valuable resource but books are useful too!

The book is clearly written and is useful for reference, as I have been using it, or indeed as a cookbook, for people wanting to try out some projects.

Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As an intermediate level arduino user, I couldn't be happier with this book. It provides all the information you could ever reasonably need, presented in a cosistent style that you simply don't get looking for solutions online.

It does not provide projects, rather than code snippets and explanations that you can piece together. If there is something that you often can't remember, that you're struggling with or that you are just starting out with, I would recommend this book highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on arduino 7 April 2012
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I bought this book because I had read that it gave anyone reading it a clear understanding of both the hardware and software within it and I was not disappointed. I would highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arduino Cookbook 31 May 2012
By bcoode
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Having migrated to Arduino for microcontoller projects, this book is a very usefful source of "C" code examples. As a "C" novice, It has helped me enormously. Arduino Cookbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good source of information
Published 1 month ago by KTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, good price and quickly despatched.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Alexis Richter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for beginners
Great way to get started with Arduino, and full of great code examples. A must have book for anyone who wants to go beyond blinking LEDs
Published 1 month ago by M. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
Decent book of recipes. It could do better sometimes in explaining the theory behind some of the circuits though, but is still a great book to refer to in physical form when you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR S C SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Everything that you need for your Arduino projects. The best collection of Arduino sketches, and a good reference for the robot builders
Published 4 months ago by Panos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I bought a few books to get me started with my Arduino. I saved this one for last as many has commented that it's not for absolute beginners. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sophia Mård
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have on Arduino
I use this constantly for my Arduino designs. The web is great too, but having a book that can be flicked back and forth is much easier to use than the web. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Oldsirhippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
As a beginner to Arduino and all things micro controller, I can see that the real practical uses for this technology is boundless. Read more
Published 5 months ago by piglet
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking on Ardunio!
Great book, packed full of examples and importantly different styles of achieving a particular outcome, that's what I liked most, ways of solving a problem that I had not thought... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a very good, comprehensive book. It certainly won't teach you how to program but definitely can inspire you when you're stuck coding. A typical reference book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K.Klab
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