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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (22 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430258241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430258247
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Charles Bell conducts research in emerging technologies. He is a member of the Oracle MySQL Development team and is the team lead for the MySQL Utilities team. He lives in a small town in rural Virginia with his loving wife. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Dr. Bell is an expert in the database field and has extensive knowledge and experience in software development and systems engineering. His research interests include 3D printers, microcontrollers, three-dimensional printing, database systems, software engineering, and sensor networks. He spends his limited free time as a practicing Maker focusing on microcontroller projects and refinement of three-dimensional printers. Dr. Bell maintains a blog on his research projects and many other interests. You can find his blog at http://drcharlesbell.blogspot.com/.


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A nice read and easy to follow book for the raspberry pi, certainly has a place on my book shelf
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book On The Signal Chain and Databases for Sensors and The Internet of Things 19 Dec. 2013
By Ira Laefsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Three important trends are affecting computing technology, embedded sensors and processors, and the internet. They are the proliferation, power and the inexpensiveness of embedded or physical computing, the availability of a variety of sensors for environmental, biological and physical phenomena that can be easily interfaced with microcontrollers, and finally the Internet of Things (IoT) a worldwide network, of sensors, processors and actuators which can sense and control our world. Dr. Charles Bell, of Oracle Corporation, a technologist providing guidance for the worlds most popular Open Source Database, MySql has filled an important lacuna in collecting data and analyzing sensors for physical computing systems and the IoT.

Dr. Bell clearly and succinctly documents such topics as wired and wireless sensors, physical computing including the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Internet of Things services such as Xively (formerly COSM and Pachube), and of course local and cloud storage of sensor data in MySql. The book includes well documented code snippets necessary to implementation of sensor networks and IoT. He also documents and comments on other resources both in the form of publications and online sources which will contribute to implementing such sensor networks.

I found this book extremely useful in my own area of implementing Biosensor networks and preparing the signal chain from these sensors to databases (locally and in the cloud) where analytics can be applied. I highly recommend it to users and implementors of physical computing solutions, and Internet of Things applications.

--Ira Laefsky MS Engineering/MBA Information Technology Consultant and Biosensor/Human Computer Interaction Researcher
formerly on the Senior Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book that covers Arduino and PI 14 Feb. 2014
By Atallguy - Published on Amazon.com
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Like most things I bought this for one of my nephews who is 9 but loves everything to do with programming and computers. We went through a couple of the starter ideas and he was hooked. Great book would buy again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arduino direct to MySQL 15 April 2014
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The only resource for learning how to get your Arduino to talk to MySQL without php, python or other serial intermediary. This is the gold! If you can only afford one book on working with Arduino's and sensors, this should be the one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful New Project Ideas Using mySQL 23 April 2015
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The book begins with the usual, "Getting Started" topics including background info and detailed examples. This is all pretty straightforward and about what you'd find in many other microcontroller/sensor tutorials.

The big surprise was the second half of the book which introduces the mySQL database server and the different ways a sensor network can be configured with mySQL as the data repository. One such configuration is a bunch of sensors connected to Arduino's, which are, in turn, connected to mySQL running on a Raspberry Pi.

This is way cooler than writing text records to an SD card. I've got enough new project ideas to keep me busy for years!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Worth Owning, But Flawed by Errata and Poor Web Resource Support 18 Oct. 2015
By Jura Owner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers using the Raspberry Pi as the coordinator and/or data aggregation node in a sensor network, something that the excellent "Building Wireless Sensor Networks" by Faludi doesn't go into. It has many interesting projects and examples, and gives you the basics you need to build progressively more complex sensor networks. As others have noted, the scope of the book is limited, but this isn't surprising as to cover the broad area of wireless sensor network applications in general would be a difficult prospect for any single book. My issue with this book is the fairly large number of errata and the lack of an active discussion area on the book at the Apress web site. As of today (11/17/2015), Apress says that no errata for the book have been submitted. I find this very hard to believe, as this is a popular text and anyone who actually does the example projects would find the same issues I did. Example: on p. 178, in the Arduino sketch, the formula for the code line for calculating the temperature in Celsius is copied from the XBee example on p. 93. However, because the XBee can only read voltages to 1200 mV on its analog input pin, and the Arduino reads 5000 mV on its analog input pin, the scaling factor is wrong and you get the wrong temperature readings. There are many errors like this in the book. Additionally, because (unlike the Faludi book) there is no discussion area, as things change with the Raspi firmware and Raspian distribution (e.g. recent firmware change causes problems with I2C configuration that result in the book examples not working), there is no place for users to go to get help. My suggestion is to get both this book and the better-supported Faludi book, and work carefully through the examples. I'm going to submit the errata I've found to Apress, but cannot guarantee they will be published on the book's web page. Good luck with your sensor networks!
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