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Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects by [Boxall, John]
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About the Author

Australian author John Boxall has been writing Arduino tutorials, projects, and kit and accessory reviews for several years at www.tronixstuff.com. Arduino Workshop is his first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18133 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593274483
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (30 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'll get my gripe out of the way first then I can go on to be positive. I really think Arduino Workshop is under selling itself. It's not just a workshop manual but a tutorial on electronics, programming and Arduino, and a very good one at that. With that out of the way I think you can guess I really rate this book. Being of the somewhat nerdy persuasion I have of course heard of Arduino but given that I tend to play more in the in software arena I only really knew it as a name and general concept rather than as a tool. This book tells you pretty much everything you could want to know about how to pick up and use Arduino. It's written largely as a set of exemplar projects backed up with the appropriate background information about the required components and programs. I very much doubt anyone will go through the book and build all the projects, but then again I don't really think that's what's expected. It's much more likely that most people will thoroughly read the first six chapters which have the basics of the Arduino, circuits and the Arduino programming language (which, for previous programmers out there, looks a lot like C/C++) and then treat the rest of the book as a bit of a pick and mix. There are chapters on touch screens, liquid crystal display, GPS, internet communication and many others so you can select the elements that your project requires, learn how to use them and put them together. And you even have the joy of knowing that when you reach the end of the book you can go onto the author's web site and pick up there where Arduino Workshop left off. Over all this is an excellent resource and one that should be on the shopping list of everyone interested in creating their own Arduino toys and tools.
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I agree this is a very useful book and I am using it to get up to date as not done any programming for many years, but as experienced in electronics it is slightly annoying that uP pin numbers aren't appended to the drawings, ie giving the reader a 'proper schematic' to work with so I decided to draw the full schematics myself, and build the circuits from those. But when comparing my schematics to the 'book code' discovered several programming errors in the code listings.
I checked these errors against the code downloaded from the No Starch Website and the downloaded code seems to be error free, (so far).
But it would be very frustrating to a 'newbie' to enter the code from the book due to these errors. I assume from no such comments so far that most people use the downloaded code, which would be my suggestion for complete beginners.

Overall though a very good book which is useful to complete beginners and people with some experience, and if you really want to learn it is good practice to find the coding errors and fix them.
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When I started out with the Arduino there was a lot to learn - more importantly, there was a lot of stuff you could not learn if no-one told you about it and this book does it in spades. I've taken on board several of the coding examples to experiment with, and have discovered some peripherals that I never knew existed.

No book can cover everything, but this book certainly covers a lot. If you knew everything in this book you might not be a Jedi of Arduino but you would certainly be very knowledgeable and competent. It certainly helped me launch my YouTube channel for Arduino beginners some years after buying this book, so thanks Mr Boxall, it was an exciting journey! If you're interested in my videos, search for my YouTube name, Ralph S Bacon.

For beginners to the world of Arduino, this is a valuable introduction - and whilst impatience to get something running is always present for 'noobs' to the Arduino world, this book also covers some basics that can be read in bed when the excitement of actually getting a temperature reading onto an LCD display has calmed down a bit. And I would certainly recommend reading those chapters which can be the foundation of really understanding what is going on in Arduinoland.

I can do no more than thoroughly recommend this book. As I said, no single book covers it all but John Boxall has an excellent stab at ensuring all Arduinites (my term for Arduino enthusiasts) get results quickly whilst learning the basics in a well-laid out style.

If you are interested in Arduinos (or know someone who might be) get this book
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At the moment I have two books on the arduino, this one the arduino workshop and getting started with the arduino.

All was well with getting started with the arduino, until I installed some unrelated software on the laptop (dropbox). At that point the drivers stopped working, and i did everything in my power to sort things out, but nothing worked.

So in desperation I turned to the Arduino workshop, where the explanation on installing Windows drivers was better, and they are now installed correctly and the software is working correctly.

All the Arduino books seem to assume the reader has no prior knowledge of electronics, which as an electrician and an electronics enthusiast, makes me glaze over those parts of the books. But where my knowledge is lacking, is in programming, and I think this book is going to keep my interest as it has much better programming examples to copy out, and many more interesting projects than other books. So other reviewers have said they wouldn't do all the projects, I probably will do more rather than less, so that I can get to grips with the programming in a way that I never have before.

I started off by buying the kindle version and used that for a few months. It was good, but I suspected that there was something lost in the transalation from book to kindle. So I bought the book. There is something about the layout of the book, and the presentation that has encouraged me to reread it, and I am getting much more out of it second time round.

So if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, but I can't so it'll have to stay at 5 stars.
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