Good Books To Learn About Arduinos and Programming


I'm new to using Arduinos and I'm looking for the perfect book to help me. If you have any favorties please share, and besure to explain why. I want to start getting those ideas in my sketch book that seemed impossible to make before and actually test them out. I didn't know how to program them so, I could never get my projects off the ground. I'm going to be working with a lot of servos and sensors. I'm probably going to start with the Arduino Uno, everyone says its the best one to start with. I'm going to really get into programming and learning how to use Arduinos once I know how. This forum seems like real great place!

You dont need a book for arduino. Everything you need is available in the main site of arduino. Still, I would recommend you to get this book. .

You don't need a book - but books are distilled knowledge and often speed up the learning process ;)

I have to register an interest here - I am about to recommend my own book, but it has had a lot of good reviews when it comes to getting newcomers to Arduino Programming on the right track.

Everybody has different learning styles. If you think a book would help-more power to you. I would suggest you start with massimo's book.

Hi, I have most every Arduino oriented book. My favorites are listed here:

And lots of free How-to and Educational material on the ArduinoInfo WIKI here -

Making Things Talk - 2nd Edition

I loved the first edition of this book when I started with Arduino. I don't read many educational books that end up dog eared from over use and this one really did!

The 1st edition book covered most of the real world examples that were the building blocks of many real world projects (if not all).

For Arduino, it taught me everything from lighting a simple LED, reading sensors such as gps, communicating over networks, controlling motors, sending radio messages +++.

A little bit of many fun things delivered simply in an easy to understand format.

Making Things Talk - 2nd Edition

The 2nd edition looks similar to the 1st but since I read the book there have been a number of hardware and software changes with the Arduino. Therefore I am recommending the 2nd Edition without having read it.

I’m new to using Arduinos and I’m looking for the perfect book to help me.

This is a nice starter, it might not be perfect but it is free - -

I hope you'll like this one by me:

Here's a new book for the total Arduino beginner:

Disclaimer - I wrote it :)

I love reading Arduino books and I've learn a lot of things. I'm also taking online courses now and I know my Arduino learning will help my business soon.

And what is your business?, selling on-line business courses?

Any book good for professional C++ programmer ?

is Cookbook used only C?

Any book good for professional C++ programmer ?

Too much good books, different levels and styles and many dedicated to specific platforms. Spend an evening browsing at amazon will find you a book that matches your personal style.

Sorry, What I meant is Arduino book that use C++ on examples , not C++ books to learn C++

There are at least three books above that will learn you a lot about Arduino specifics.

I was randomly browsing Google+ earlier and saw a post about the amazing completely free full courses that MIT offer. C, Python, circuitry, algorithms... the lot! Full, detailed courses at all levels with notes, video lectures, course material.

Then I started following links - they're not the only ones giving away a wealth of info.

The snappily titled Beijing Information Science and Technology Network and Information Systems Research Institute have all their course material online (some of it is Chinese). As well as full PDF ebooks (English!) of...

The C programming Language, Kernighan and Ritchie 2nd Ed.

The_C++_Programming_Language_Special_3rd_Edition Bjarne Stroustrup (See also

Some of those books run to £30/$50 in paperback on Amazon in print version, and how much would you pay for those MIT courses?!

Also... also has a full, free downloadable PDF of their complete C++ Tutorial.

EDIT: Just found another free book! Programming from the Ground Up.

Mind you, this might be straying from C and Arduino, but I've included it here because the intro says...

This is an introductory book to programming and computer science using assembly language. It assumes the reader has never programmed before, and introduces the concepts of variables, functions, and flow control. The reason for using assembly language is to get the reader thinking in terms of how the computer actually works underneath. Knowing how the computer works from a "bare-metal" standpoint is often the difference between top-level programmers and programmers who can never quite master their art.

Which seem like a good way of thinking.

There - how's that for starters!

Good question and good answers! :) :D

I am new to Arduino (got my a few days ago) and I've maked the led blink in different ways. (My breadboard is still in the mail) Now I am lookin for a good for the beginner. I've whatched a few tutorials on Youtube and found quite a few good tutorials on-line but I am old fashioned in some way. I want a book. I think I'll learn more if I type down the progams from the book instead of just copy-pasting (and I'll perhaps learn not to make typos). Books I've considered are: Getting Started with Arduino by Massimo Banzi or Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches by Simon Monk or how about Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry by Jeremy Blum At least Blum's tutorials on Youtube are great an I leaned a lot. Not just about the Arduino but also on electronics.

And then maybe some book on actually building something (useful). Maybe: 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius: Second Edition Any Ideas?

I'll toss my hat in the ring here - my wife & I wrote a book called Arduino for Teens, just released last week.

Available for $25 at Amazon for $25-26 (price seems to vary)

"Are you interested in building an interactive toy, automated artwork, or robot and have no idea where to start? Or do you want to control a holiday light display? Are you new to microcontrollers or electronics in general? These projects are made from smaller, simpler pieces like those presented here. Your imagination is the only limit once you have gained experience with your Arduino, sensors, and motors. Designed for students, artists, and other nonengineers, the Arduino provides an inexpensive, beginner-friendly microcontroller platform. This book will help you translate your idea into a successful project using the Arduino for control. Written especially for new users, ARDUINO FOR TEENS shows you how to put this capable little microcontroller to work! This book will open up the world of automation to you in new and exciting ways as you explore the Arduino's capabilities. Step-by-step, you'll be guided through: understanding your new Arduino and its capabilities, converting your idea into an achievable Arduino project, connecting your Arduino to the outside world using example circuits, using the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to write and download programs, writing software to control your project using example programs, debugging your project and making it work, and selecting your next (or first) project."

You may not be a teen, but you are sure to learn from this 300 page book.

@Robert FYI, I pointed some friends in the education field to your book

Thanks Rob, several folks have asked if we are pursueing that field also. In the Products area, some of the initial responders said they were looking at it for use in Mexico also. International! Certainly much broader than we envisioned while writing it; initially we thought how we could ever fill 300 pages, and then had to trim 40 pages back out to meet the publishers goal for the book.

I suggested to my wife we start locally, donate copies to our local libraries (there are 2 or 3 she borrows from), and the 2 high schools in our town. I know she visited one library already, needs to find some time for the others and the schools.