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3.0 out of 5 stars Cool, but not that helpful for a beginner., 15 Nov 2011
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This review is from: 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius (Paperback)
OK. So fitstly I should mention that I am a complete novice with the Arduino, and that this is the first book I have bought to aid my new found interest.

The biggest, and perhaps only, floor with this book, is the fact that when it comes to the examples of writing the code for these evil projects (and they are), no-where does it include a little explanation as to what the code is actually doing for you i.e next to the line of code - a lot of other books or online sources will put '//' and then mention what that line of code means. This is unfortunately a rather big frustration when it comes to understanding exactly what it is that i'm doing to my arduino board. There is, in fairness, a 4-page 'introductory' section on the C programming language that the arduino uses, which is kind of useful, but it really is the most basic coding. A vast majority of the rest of the coding in the more difficult profects is never explained. To ommit the said style of teaching for me is too much of an annoyance. Consequently i've had to put this book back on the shelf until I can get a better grasp of the programming language etc.

In conclusion, if you are a complete novice and are expecting to get through these projects with no prior programming knowledge (to quote the back of the book), then i'd personally suggest buying the Arduino Cookbook, or similar, along side this one.

If you know what you are doing with the arduino and you already understand the programming language, then this book might well be quite good for you. Hence the 3 stars.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2013 22:02:48 BDT
GrahamG says:
There's another book by the same author which seems more like the one you say you needed - 'Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches'. As the title suggests, that one focuses a lot more on explaining the programming, and is a better book for someone who has not programmed in 'C' at all before.

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