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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118446372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118446379
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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this book is a gentle intro to theArduino (Linux Voice, April 2014)

From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Build exciting interactive projects using Arduino
  • Integrate inputs, outputs, and existing hardware into yourprojects
  • Construct robust prototypes to get your project out into thereal world
  • Communicate between hardware and software using Arduino andProcessing

The quick, easy way to leap into the fascinating world ofphysical computing

Arduino is no ordinary circuit board. Whether you′re an artist,a designer, a programmer, or a hobbyist, Arduino lets you learnabout and play with electronics. You′ll discover how to build avariety of circuits that can sense or control real–world objects,prototype your own product, and even create interactive artwork.This handy guide is exactly what you need to build your own Arduinoproject what you make is up to you!

  • Learn by doing start building circuits and programmingyour Arduino with a few easy examples right away!
  • Easy does it work through Arduino sketches line byline, and learn how they work and how to write your own
  • Solder on! don′t know a soldering iron from a curlingiron? No problem! You′ll learn the basics and be prototyping in notime
  • Kitted out discover new and interesting hardware toturn your Arduino into anything from a mobile phone to a Geigercounter
  • Become an Arduino savant find out about functions,arrays, libraries, shields, and other tools that let you take yourArduino project to the next level
  • Get social teach your Arduino to communicate withsoftware running on a computer to link the physical world with thevirtual world

Open the book and find:

  • Help choosing an Arduino starter kit
  • How to set up your Arduino and install the Arduino DevelopmentEnvironment
  • Projects you can build that produce light, sound, andmotion
  • Instructions on prototyping using breadboards and a solderingiron
  • How to use different inputs and outputs in your projects
  • Tips for hacking existing hardware
  • Ways to extend Arduino′s capabilities with libraries andshields

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By jonesthesteam on 8 Dec. 2013
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A very good book on the Arduino spoilt by silly mistakes and typo errors e.g page 80 on Joule's Law P = I x R should be P = V x I (as per the 3rd line of Calculating Power at the top of page 80) so that it derives correctly to the line below as P = I X I x R. Also on page 94 on "Putting Up Resistance", it should read, "It draws a maximum current of approximately 25mA (milliamps)", not "It draws a maximum voltage of .......", as printed.
There are a number of silly grammatical mistakes earlier in the book too with missing words and incorrect spelling.
Considering this is a book for the raw beginner in electronics, and the price charged, it should be better than this. The proof readers at Wordsmith Editorial need a rap across the knuckles for such mistakes.

But for these technical and editorial mistakes I would have given this book a 5 star rating, but because of them it only rates 3 stars in my view. Such a shame, but otherwise I would recommend it.
Looking at the Amazon site, I've just seen that there is a new edition due out on 21 May 2014. I hope they've corrected these mistakes.

PS. Don't be fooled by my pen name - I've got over 40 years experience in electronics development!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles on 24 Jun. 2013
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When I bought the 'Arduino for Dummies book, I had had no computer programming experience and struggled to fully understand the programming of an Arduino board. That is, until I bought this book. It is by far the best book on the subject. It surpasses all others and leads the reader through the subject with great clarity. There were a couple of details that were insufficently clarified and these were resolved by referring to Simon Monk's book 'Programming Arduino - Getting Started with Sketches'. However I emphasise that without the 'Arduino for Dummies' book I would never have understood how to program and use an Arduino board. I recommend this book unreservedly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Garbutt on 30 Jan. 2014
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As an electrical engineering student, I was already familiar with the details of electrical circuits described in this book but had never done programming before. Examples are well presented, code functions are explained well and experimentation is encouraged. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Londres2011 on 29 April 2014
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I found this book very useful in getting started with the Arduino. I had a pre-made kit that I ordered, so I didn't have to worry about the types of Arduino to buy, but the book has a very good section on the various types available. The best part of the book is the way they use the schematic diagrams as well as 2D diagrams of the board and inputs/outputs of the various wires and parts. This is well-matched with the lines of code for the activities.
The book was really laid out well and made the process of working with the Arduino much easier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lol on 30 Jun. 2013
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ARDUINO… probably something that’s beyond me? After reading this book - No way! Before I knew it, I was about 30% into the book and had had loads of ‘light bulb’ moments due to the thoroughness of the text - nothing seems to be taken for granted. John Nussey, the author ,is clearly a superb communicator
A must for the young and developed minds in a digital age where understanding the tools of your trade is essential to create and innovate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Loyal on 13 Aug. 2013
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I love the friendly nature of the writing in this book. It covers some of the electronics basics you will find really useful when building projects which eventhough they are not directly arduino they are important to your projects. I've not read it all yet but the stuff I've covered so far has been a great help which has really fired up my enthusiasm for all thing arduino!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Hewes on 12 July 2014
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I found this explained things well, including the basics & for someone like my grand children that was very useful I found I could find all I wanted to know using the index so didn't have to read the whole book to get my project finished
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Horton on 3 April 2014
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Really good book taking the Arduino from first principles. Those with some knowledge can jump through sections, but it's easy to come back and understand any key points that may not have been understood. Highly recommended.
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