Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2011
Pages: 724

Want to create devices that interact with the physical world? This cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to experiment with the popular Arduino microcontroller and programming environment. You’ll find more than 200 tips and techniques for building a variety of objects and prototypes such as toys, detectors, robots, and interactive clothing that can sense and respond to touch, sound, position, heat, and light.

You don’t need to have mastered Arduino or programming to get started. Updated for the Arduino 1.0 release, the recipes in this second edition include practical examples and guidance to help you begin, expand, and enhance your projects right away—whether you’re an artist, designer, hobbyist, student, or engineer.

  • Get up to speed on the Arduino board and essential software concepts quickly
  • Learn basic techniques for reading digital and analog signals
  • Use Arduino with a variety of popular input devices and sensors
  • Drive visual displays, generate sound, and control several types of motors
  • Interact with devices that use remote controls, including TVs and appliances
  • Learn techniques for handling time delays and time measurement
  • Apply advanced coding and memory handling techniques
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  • Concise (6)
  • Easy to understand (6)
  • Well-written (6)
  • Accurate (5)

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1.0

the codes have too many mistakes

By uncle joey

from selden, n.y.

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand
    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too many errors

    Best Uses

    • Novice

    Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

    on page 256, pinMode(ledPins[led], OUTPUT);
    gives - name lookup of 'led' changed for 'ISO' scoping [- f permissive] ????????

     
    1.0

    very dificult for a beginner to understand

    By uncle joey

    from selden n.y. 11784

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Not For A Beginner
    • Very Hard To Understand F

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand
    • Too many errors
    • Too Technical

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    Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

    there are too many mistakes in this book. I would
    not recommend this book to anyone. I'm sorry I bought it. The code on page 366 liquid crystal
    (12, 11, 5, 4, 3, 2, ) says expected primary- expression before ) token. what do I do ?????????.
    there is no explanation. there should be.

     
    5.0

    great arduino guide

    By dmytro

    from Ukraine

    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

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      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

      This is a great arduino guide book, which is written simple language with good samples which you can use with real projects.

       
      4.0

      Excellent book

      By mm

      from Canada

      About Me Designer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

        This is an excellent book for anyone with a basic knowledge of Arduino who is looking to do more challenging projects.

         
        5.0

        Excellent all round textbook

        By Phil_S

        from Southern UK

        About Me Applicator Not Academic, Maker, Technologist

        Verified Buyer

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        • Downloadable Code

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            Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

            Very readable, knowledgeable author, full of very useful code examples from simple to complex. Used the paper copy in conjunction with the PDF upgrade copy to allow full editing of text and code as well as bedtime reading. This book takes beginners and experienced Arduino users through all aspects of hardware and software. An essential if you want to turn an idea into practice. Every example is followed by a full discussion, essential for in depth understanding and further reading. Thoroughly and unreservedly recommend.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great

            By adam

            from UK

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            Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

            this is a great book, really clear guide to arduino, well graded exercises and lots of useful info.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best by far!

            By Robert

            from Perth, Australia

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            • Accurate
            • Concise
            • Easy to understand
            • Helpful examples
            • Well-written

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              Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

              This book makes other arduino books seem like tash. It is the best written text book I have ever seen!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exploring Arduino

              By wiske57

              from Biloxi, MS

              About Me Hobbyist, Non-professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Easy to understand
              • Helpful examples

              Cons

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                • Intermediate
                • Novice

                Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

                Weather you read it from cover to cover or jump to an interesting project you will find the information needed to learn all the Arduino is capable of. Provides the needed background for beginners while building up to more advanced projects as you learn. Anyone already having experience with the Arduino will also find advanced projects and code that may be incorporated into a project you want to build. Well written and easy to understand examples will get your project up and running quickly while providing the background to understand the code it runs.

                (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice infomation storehouse for Arduino

                By Carpenterbee

                from Down East

                About Me Designer, Maker

                Verified Reviewer

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                • Concise
                • Easy to understand
                • Helpful examples
                • Well-written

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                  • Intermediate
                  • Novice
                  • Student

                  Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

                  I use this book to learn about techniques that I don't already know about designing with the Arduino micro-controller. It is a pretty complete reference for those who are just starting out. About my only dislike is that there appears to be no way to copy examples out of the book via computer. So far I've had to type them all in. Maybe I missed the URL for this...... or........ maybe you have to expend additional monies and purchase the eBook version. I'm not even sure you could do it then.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Become an Arduino master!

                  By sandyboy55

                  from St Louis, MO

                  About Me Developer

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Concise
                  • Easy to understand
                  • From Beginner to Advanced
                  • Helpful examples
                  • Well-written

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                    Comments about oreilly Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

                    The best way to describe Arduino is "open-source electronics". The hardware and software combination provides a platform for interactivity designers to prototype embedded devices before beginning any mass production. Arduino cookbook is one of the best books I have read on this platform that explains step-by-step how to program and build interesting circuits that fascinate and make you stand out among your peers.

                    This book assumes no previous knowledge on the part of the reader. Indeed you must have some basic understanding of electronics but just enough to be able to connect the Arduino board to your PC and also install and run the IDE software. If you know just that much, this book will take you to the next level. The information on Arduino is so scattered on the Arduino website and other sites, this book will provide the basis for a strong foundation for you. I like the style of cookbooks in general as "problem statements" and "solutions" are presented together followed by a "discussion" paragraph. This is a huge book of 724 pages covering the entire gamut of simple programming, serial communication, analog and digital input, using sensors, visualizing the output, audio output, etc. It has entire chapters devoted to I2C and SPI communications, wireless, and Ethernet networking. Followed by a chapter on creating your own libraries. The appendix sections at the end help you understand about electronic components, schematic diagrams and data sheets, using a breadboard to build and connect the circuits, and tips on troubleshooting software and hardware problems. You can grab this book as an absolute beginner and graduate to become an Arduino master at the end.

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