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Apr 02, 2010, 07:39 pm Last Edit: Apr 03, 2010, 05:54 pm by JoePardue Reason: 1
An Arduino Workshop[/i]

Are you puzzled about the Arduino but
finding it difficult to get all the pieces in one place?

The Arduino, designed for the novice, has become so popular that there is now an embarrassment of riches when it comes to amount of information and hardware available. So much stuff is out there that some folks have trouble puzzling out what they need to just to get started.

This text, An Arduino Workshop, and the associated hardware projects kit bring all the pieces of the puzzle together in one place. The author, Joe Pardue, writes the monthly Smiley's Workshop series in Nuts&Volts magazine and is known for his breezy writing style and lucid illustrations that help folks understand complex technical topics.

With this text and parts kit you will learn to: - Blink 8 LEDs (Cylon Eyes) - Read a pushbutton and 8-bit DIP switch - Sense Voltage, Light, and Temperature - Make Music on a piezo element - Sense edges and gray levels - Optically isolate voltages - Fade LED with PWM - Control Motor Speed - And more?

Learn more at http://www.smileymicros.com

If you want to see the first three chapters, you can find them in the 'Excerpts of chapters 1, 2, and 3' hyperlink on http://www.smileymicros.com/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=82&MMN_position=136:136


P.S. I understand that some folks may find this spammy, but I started a thread at: http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1269807740/11#11 to see if this was okay and didn't get an negatives.


Nice to see that people are still making "hardcopy" books!

It's nearly impossible to find them usually!  I mean, there's the "Making things talk", but that is the only one that comes to mind :P.


Well, there is Massimo Banzi's Getting Started with Arduino which I think is a great introductory book, and Oxer and Bleming Practical Arduino that has a bunch of more advanced projects. My book kind of falls in the middle of those two, but I also provide a kit of parts to go along with the text.

Frankly, one of the reasons that hard-copy books are becoming rarer in technology is that in general all the information is available for free on the Internet. But the trick is finding things in an orderly presentation with the hardware to go along with it. That's the niche for my book.



Ah yes, I had forgotten about Massimo's book! :P

I agree that it can be difficult to get organized data without falling head-first into the pool of advanced knowledge that is the internet ;D!


And let's not forget about 'Practical Arduino' from Jonathan Oxer and Hugh Blemings -- http://practicalarduino.com/about.   Available at most dead tree stores such as Amazon, B&N, Borders.


dead tree stores

Just read this article a little while ago about how it's actually worse to use electronic media (such as buying the kindle) rather than buying several books due to the materials required to create the device (gold, platinum, etc.), the energy it consumes, and the fact that it will eventually (relatively quickly) end up in a landfill (whereas paper can be recycled :)).

Just thought I'd add that little tidbit ;D!


Did you read that article on-line or in print?  ::)


Did you read that article on-line or in print?

On-line ;D.  The main point of the article was advising against buying things like the Kindle or that Sony eBook reader (don't know what it's called), rather than continuing to use an already established computer.


On-line .  The main point of the article was advising against buying things like the Kindle or that Sony eBook reader (don't know what it's called), rather than continuing to use an already established computer.

So newly released Apple ipad will help cause more globle warming  ;)



amazing, can't wait to start learning arduino!!!!! :D :D :D


Hi smiley,

how many pages are there in the book?


It's great to see this come out, Smiley! I think it hits at just the right level, pitched a bit beyond a pure beginner's guide so that it can help people get through the "what next?" hump after doing Blink and other basic things. I think the associated hardware pack will be super-popular, too, that's a great move. One of the things I keep being asked about is whether there's a pack to go with Practical Arduino so I'm sure yours will sell like hot-cakes.
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Aug 03, 2010, 08:11 pm Last Edit: Aug 03, 2010, 08:12 pm by radames Reason: 1
that's an amazing initiative!
I'm thinking in make something like that in Portuguese.
And how about the demand? Do you have already some stats?

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