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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (20 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118935128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118935125
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Loaded with helpful information and coding tutorials, this exploration around the extensive capabilities of BeagleBone Black has me excited to connect everything I encounter to the Internet.
Christine Long, BeagleBoard.org Foundation

What I ve learned on this topic has taken me a decade of self–study culling through books and release notes and various platforms. Here, you ve demystified it all in the span of a single (large) volume.
Brian DeLacey, founder of the IoT Festival

This wonderful book is at the nexus of so many of the skills that are vital to today s computer scientists, electrical engineers, and innovators of all stripes as they turn their ideas into transformative creations.
Prof Ray Simar, Professor in the Practice of Digital Signal Processing Architecture, Rice University, Texas

Derek Molloy s, Exploring BeagleBone, is THE book to go to if you are interested in learning about embedded Linux programming and how to use it to exploit the powerful capabilities of the BeagleBone single board computer.
Prof. Burford Furman, San José State University, California

GIVE LIFE TO YOUR CREATIONS WITH THE VERSATILE, LINUX–POWERED BEAGLEBONE

Whatever applications you can dream up, the BeagleBone can help you build them. This hands–on guide teaches you the essential BeagleBone skills and underlying engineering principles. It then takes you into interfacing, communication, and control so that you can create your own projects. Finally, you ll explore using the BeagleBone for advanced applications such as building Internet–of–Things systems and real–time interfacing. With hands–on examples and outstanding guidance, this book will give you the in–depth knowledge to do great things with the BeagleBone.

  • Features a detailed review of the Linux, electronics, and programming skills required to master the BeagleBone
  • Thoroughly examines interfacing the BeagleBone to almost any type of circuit or device
  • Demonstrates advanced BeagleBone applications such as network communications; rich user interfaces; images, video, and audio; and real–time interfacing using the BeagleBone s PRU–ICSS
  • Teaches transferrable essential skills to help you design with electronics, modules, or peripherals that can be used even beyond the BeagleBone
  • Offers a strong learn–by–doing approach that supports both beginners and power users

Visit the companion website at www.exploringbeaglebone.com for source code, instructional videos, online peer discussions, and more!

About the Author

Dr. Derek Molloy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University, Ireland. Derek produces a popular YouTube series on the BeagleBone platform and a wide variety of embedded Linux topics. His videos and personal blog have introduced millions of people to the BeagleBone, embedded Linux, and digital electronics.


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Clearly this has been written as the only book you will need for Derek's undergraduate modules in practical embedded systems. He assumes nothing, and provides everything you need to start playing arround with embedded Linux systems, from never having seen a BeagleBone Black, taking the unit out of the box, to rolling your own kernel, writing your own device drivers. From not knowing a resistor from a capacitor to building your own sensor capes.

I've been designing embedded systems commercially for over 20 years, and using Linux for over 10. I found Derek's you-tube tutorials on device tree overlays we just what I was looking for. When I found out he was releasing a BBB book it was going to be purchased regardless of how good it was, becaue I wanted to give somthing back for the time and effort he has put into the DTO tutorials.... the book however is better still.

I have now purchased other copies and handeed them out to a couple of friends who need a textbook on practical Linux based embedded systems. A must for every BBB user...
This is the textbook you have been looking for.
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Exploring BeagleBone is Derek Molloy's introductory guide to the BeagleBone embedded computer, complementing his YouTube series describing projects for the same platform. The book is sectioned into 3 parts:

Part 1 : Basics
Chapters 1-5, cover the basics of what the BeagleBone Black (BBB) consists of; what hardware is there; how to load an operating system on it and navigate around that system, and even quite advanced topics like version control with Git, and programming in C++. There's some basic electronic theory, and discussion of the sort of components you might connect to your BeagleBone. Chapter 5 gives a flavour of different programming languages that you could choose for coding for your BeagleBone, including C,C++, Python, nodeJS (i.e. Javascript), and background on relative performance and why you might choose one tool over another.

Part 2: Interfacing Controlling and Communicating (chapters 6-9), is really the core of the book, and where the discussion of how to interface real circuits to the BBB starts. Interfacing with I2C, SPI and Serial interfaces are discussed, as well as using some sophisticated C++ code to drive them. It goes on to actuators, displays and sensor inputs, and closes with interfacing Bluetooth. One rather advanced feature of this section of the book is a discussion about cross-compilation, i.e. using a PC (or Mac) running Eclipse to build applications that are targeted at the BBB.

Part 3: Advanced BeagleBone Systems
Chapter 10 talks about the Internet-of-Things (IoT), putting BB in that context by sending sensor values to the internet, interfacing with Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet and using web tools like Nginx or Apache. Chapter 11 talks about adding graphical UIs for BBB applications, including monitor or LCD touchscreen.
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This book is great to start learning about the BBB and Linux, I've been wandering on the web for months trying to find a point where to start but there are so many web resources and it is easy to get lost or not find a suitable level as there are plenty of linux savvy and gurus out there but it's not easy to follow for a beginner.
It is really helpful to learn from someone with a strong technical skills and pedagogic background like Derek, he makes things easy to understand and always points out the interesting facts and details.
I didn't finish the book yet but I practice with the BBB every time I can, great fun and plenty of learning!
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The author not only has a deep understanding of the subject matter, but more importantly, he is an exceptional teacher.
This book covers a very broad range of subject matter, but the author manages to give succinct yet relevant coverage of each area he addresses. As a result, the pace of the book is fast and engaging. (It is all too easy to spend too many pages on non-core subject matter and lose the momentum in the process). The book can be read as a stand-alone independent text and will allow the reader build working hardware/software, but is best if the reader then does their own supplementary research to build on the information in the book. Ample and relevant references are given as well as a support web site and recommended reading list.

The author has gone to significant effort to produce and maintain the supporting web site. Answers to many questions that one is likely to experience can be found there, along with Errata for each chapter. This is worth perusing and modifying the errors before starting each chapter. He has also gone to the trouble of listing components by chapter with links to vendors (although these are mainly for the US audience – living in Ireland, I found a quick Google of electronics suppliers gave one offering free next-day delivery).

If you simply want to build some circuits to interface to a microcontroller, there are plenty of “recipe book” type texts out there that will get you up and running quickly, but might not help so much with understanding the underlying concepts. However, if you want to gain a solid grounding in the basics, this book is possibly the best place to start. The content progresses in a logical order, culminating in a discussion of the BBB’s dual PRUs, a reasonably advanced topic.
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