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From the Back Cover
Jeremy s easy–to–understand style and depth of content about the Arduino will not only allow digital beginners to get their footing but will also allow the old guard of hardware to dip a toe into the hobbyist–friendly end of the swimming pool and start connecting their devices.
– Chris Gammell, Co–host of the Amp Hour Podcast
ARDUINO CAN TAKE YOU ANYWHERE. THIS BOOK IS THE ROADMAP.
Exploring Arduino shows how to use the world s most popular microcontroller to create cool, practical, artistic, and educational projects. Through lessons in electrical engineering, programming, and human computer interaction, this book walks you through specific, increasingly complex projects, all the while providing best practices that can apply to your own projects once you ve mastered these. You ll acquire valuable skills and have a whole lot of fun.
Explore the features of several commonly used Arduino boards
Use the Arduino to control very simple tasks or complex electronics
Learn principles of system design, programming, and electrical engineering
Discover code snippets, best practices, and system schematics you can apply to your original projects
Master skills you can use for engineering endeavors in other fields and with different platforms
Find schematics, tutorial videos, code download, and more at the companion website: www.exploringarduino.com.
About the Author
Jeremy Blum is known for his series of educational YouTube videos that have taught engineering concepts to millions of people around the world. He has built a range of microcontroller–based systems including solar trackers, prosthetic arms, truss–traversing robots, musical theremins, computer vision–based and glove–based gesture controllers, and more.
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Blum has done a superb job presenting aspects of the Arduino in a comprehensive, fairly complete and accessible manner. Lots of bits and bobs of the material covered in this book is available online, but nowhere will you find this level of detail and coherence. The descriptions are very very clear and the projects are cool, entertaining and teach you a heck of a lot!
I have used other books on the Arduino before and always found them lacking. Yes, they had a number of projects described, but if you wanted to know why something was the way it was, well, you were out of luck. Blum's book has no such issues. He covers both basic and advanced topics clearly, always explaining how things work.
Blum covers advanced topics like serial communication, interrupts, data logging, wireless communication, communication via the ethernet, plotting data in real-time on websites and others clearly. I have already used this book to set up a number of projects involving these topics and I now feel like I actually *understand* what's going on! You can get information on many of these topics from the web, but I doubt you will really feel like it makes sense.
Get this as your reference to the Arduino and as your everyday project book. Combine this with the cool resources at adafruit.com and instructables.com and you are set to spend many a Saturday afternoon making stuff!
Great introductory texts too in an informatilve style without too much (unnecessary) detail - enough to get you going on simple or even quite complex projects e.g. Ethernet and WiFi connectivity.
It's commonly said about some really good instructional books, but I think I might agree - so, if you get one book on programming the Arduino, make it this one.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the surprise of learning about what all the electrical components do, and where they are commonly found in everyday house hold appliances. Though if you are reading this now I have just deprived you of that surprise and figuratively crushed it in front of your face, So I apologise for that......
The book is very good. This potted history of the world around you is kind of finished by the first half of the book. So if you haven’t been filled with awe by the middle of the book, I am sorry, I don’t think it is going to happen for you.
Anyway: it’s inspired me, to take things further and I hope it does the same for you. xx
The book is excellent value and I use it all the time.
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