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Tied up with Bert's library,
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This review is from: PIC Microcontrollers: 50 Projects for Beginners & Experts (Paperback)
Main reason I didn't like this is because I wanted to learn these things for work, and to start off with Bert van Dam's library, which does look tempting, is immediately fraught with license issues i.e. if you want to use it for commercial purposes you have to contact him. I didn't.
Furthermore, that approach rather avoids the issue of learning the products - basically these are pretty simple devices to program either in assembler or higher-level language but (a) you need to get the configuration right before anything will work and (b) you need to know a bit about how the registries work... that might sound daunting and this book won't help you over that! The chances that you'll want to use exactly the same chips as Bert is unlikely, so where does that leave you?
I would recommend "PIC Projects: A Practical Approach" instead which looks as though it has been updated since the one I bought - that gets straight to the point of the registers, starts with very simple projects ( flashing an LED was my first goal ), touches on professional tools like MicroChip's excellent MPLabX ( built on NetBeans, another fantastic professional IDE ) and covers a range of useful subjects like LCD displays, RS232, analogue inputs, driving motors. However, once you've got the hang of the things, you should be able to select any PIC from the _vast_ range and get it to do what you want it to.