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A better introduction to Ardunio.,
This review is from: Arduino Projects For Dummies (Paperback)
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Firstly, let me say I don't much like Dummies books on the whole. I don't like the US centric cartoons and the matey writing. So this book written by Brock Craft, who teaches at Goldsmiths came as a surprise because it doesn't have much of that. Instead you have a selection of projects that are well described, work (at least the two I tried did*) and are illustrated with well-drawn diagrams.
I think you could save some money by just buying this book. The opening chapters cover the Arduino from the beginning - the famous "blink" sketch is there, and he talks you what the controller is, tools, components and shields are, without patronising and in a way that comprehensive without being repetitive. Since many introductory books cover exactly the same ground I wouldn't bother with them and get yourself some more hardware instead.
The whole book is concise but through in it's explanation, you don't have to type in all the long code if you don't want to, you can download it and then tinker away to your hearts content. If you have ever thought about playing with Arduino, I can't recommend this book highly enough; buy the Uno or a pin-compatible clone - get some bits - there's some starter kits on Amazon or just take the parts list to Maplin and get your hands dirty.
If you want some more detailed help with the electronics, I can recommend Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery as being unbelievably good.
*All Seeing Eye (Chapter 4) and Scrolling Sign. (Chapter 6)