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This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open-source electronics prototyping platform that's taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for Arduino projects and helps you get going on them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is right in the book.
Inside, you'll learn about:
Interaction design and physical computing
The Arduino hardware and software development environment
Basics of electricity and electronics
Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
Drawing a schematic diagram
And more. With inexpensive hardware and open-source software components that you can download free, getting started with Arduino is a snap. To use the introductory examples in this book, all you need is a USB Arduino, USB A-B cable, and an LED.
Join the tens of thousands of hobbyists who have discovered this incredible (and educational) platform. Written by the co-founder of the Arduino project, with illustrations by Elisa Canducci, Getting Started with Arduino gets you in on the fun! This 128-page book is a greatly expanded follow-up to the author's original short PDF that's available on the Arduino website.read more
This is a short book: I read it in a couple of hours. It starts on a whimsical, almost philosophical, note which might be useful for some - but not me. I liked the hand-drawn pictures (much clearer than the murky and grainy photos you sometimes encounter). Despite the lightweight approach though it launches fairly quickly into quite large and indigestible blocks of code. Given the lightweight approach of the book it might have been helpful to have taken a more diagrammatic approach to describing the logic of the code and to have relegated most of the detail to an appendix. With no code reference I was sometimes left puzzling over what a particular bit of code was trying to do.I would like to have seen a bigger range of ideas introduced: there was no for example mention of the "shields" that can be bought for the Arduino to extend its capabilities into everything from WiFi to temperature sensing. The book will also need updating at some point to touch on the Arduino Megaread more
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