Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Final Release Date: January 2015
Pages: 300

Arduino is an open-source platform that makes DIY electronics projects easier than ever. Gone are the days when you had to learn electronics theory and arcane programming languages before you could even get an LED to blink. Now, with this new edition of the bestsellingArduino: A Quick-Start Guide, readers with no electronics experience can create their first gadgets quickly. This book is up-to-date for the new Arduino Zero board, with step-by-step instructions for building a universal remote, a motion-sensing game controller, and many other fun, useful projects.

This Quick-Start Guide is packed with fun, useful devices to create, with step-by-step instructions and photos throughout. You'll learn how to connect your Arduino to the Internet and program both client and server applications. You'll build projects such as your own motion-sensing game controller with a three-axis accelerometer, create a universal remote with an Arduino and a few cheap parts, build your own burglar alarm that emails you whenever someone's moving in your living room, build binary dice, and learn how to solder. In one of several new projects in this edition, you'll create your own video game console that you can connect to your TV set.

This book is completely updated for the new Arduino Zero board and the latest advances in supporting software and tools for the Arduino. Sidebars throughout the book point you to exciting real-world projects using the Arduino, exercises extend your skills, and "What If It Doesn't Work" sections help you troubleshoot common problems.

With this book, beginners can quickly join the worldwide community of hobbyists and professionals who use the Arduino to prototype and develop fun, useful inventions.

What You Need:

This is the full list of all parts you'd need for all projects in the book; some of these are provided as part of various kits that are available on the web, or you can purchase individually. Sources include,,,, and Please note we do not support or endorse any of these vendors, but we list them here as aconvenience for you.

Arduino Zero (or Uno or Duemilanove or Diecimila) board

USB cable

Half-size breadboard

Pack of LEDs (at least 3, 10 or more is a good idea)

Pack of 100 ohm, 10k ohm, and 1k ohm resistors

Four pushbuttons

Breadboard jumper wire / connector wire

Parallax Ping))) sensor

Passive Infrared sensor

An infrared LED

A 5V servo motor

Analog Devices TMP36 temperature sensor

ADXL335 accelerometer breakout board

6 pin 0.1" standard header (might be included with the ADXL335)

Nintendo Nunchuk Controller

Arduino Ethernet shield

Arduino Proto shield and a tiny breadboard (optional but recommended)

Piezo speaker/buzzer (optional)

Tilt sensor (optional)

A 25-30 Watts soldering iron with a tip (preferrably 1/16")

A soldering stand and a sponge

A standard 60/40 solder (rosin-core) spool for electronics work

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I highly Rcommend this book

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    Comments about oreilly Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, 2nd Edition:

    At the Intel website I stumbled upon the topic of the "Internet of Things" and eventually the "Intel Edison Kit for Arduino". The inexpensive kit is something that can be hooked up to a Linux/OSx/Windows PC via USB and programmed to work with optional sensors connected to it. That seemed like a fun thing to explore.

    Before buying the hardware I looked for some books. This review covers the three books that I bought because they cover this one theme.

    I recommend "Getting Started with Intel Edison" by Stephanie Moyerman. It gave me a good introduction to this topic. I purchased both the print version and the PDF because I like both media. After reading the book I have decided to use her list of parts and follow her exercises versus buying a separate kit of parts.

    I also recommend "Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, 2nd Edition" by Maik Schmidt. I purchased it because the Intel Edison plugs into an Arduino compatible board and I wanted some insight into the Arduino boards. He also has exercise that are not all the same as the "Getting Started.." book.

    Something drew my attention to Lego and motors. If I got really adventurous I could experiment with the "Intel Edison Kit for Arduino" controlling some sort of Lego project and its motors.

    I do not recommend "The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 1" by Yoshihito Isogawa. The description of the book sounded like it would be the next logical step. The previous two books have lots of good text and the appropriate number of pictures for illustrations, this book only has text on page 1 where it says "Where Are the Words?". The remaining 300+ pages are all pictures of Lego parts with no part numbers. This book may get donated to the library.

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