October 14, 2014
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Today, October 14, 2014 marks international Ada Lovelace Day. Ada was the world's first programmer: she wrote the first algorithm designed to run on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a mechanical computer. More recently, the programming language "Ada" was named in her honor. A timely reminder that we ever stand on the shoulders of giants. And now, back to our century:
When it rains, it pours. And as we enter the fall season here at the House of Pragmatic, it is pouring books. So many new titles, in fact, that we're going to have to send out TWO newsletters this week. First up: Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, Second Edition (pragprog.com/book/msard2), now in beta.
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 the new edition of this bestselling book, readers with no electronics experience can create their first gadgets quickly. (And speaking of Ada Lovelace, you can get your Arduino supplies from adafruit.com; they even have an Ada sticker: adafruit.com/product/695).
Read on for details, and come grab your copy now!
By the way, if you'd like to read more about the birth of the personal computer industry that has since so shaped our lives, don't miss Fire in the Valley (pragprog.com/book/fsfire), the only one of our titles that has been turned into a movie!
Lights, camera, DIY!
Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, Second Edition
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. You'll create your own video game console that you can connect to your TV set in one of this edition's new projects. Plus, you'll learn how to use the Arduino with the latest web technologies such as Google Chrome Apps.
This book is completely updated for the latest Arduino boards 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.
Now available in beta from pragprog.com/book/msard2.
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