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Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide


Arduino is an open-source platform that makes DIY electronics projects easier than ever. With Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $35.00 paperback retail), beginners can quickly join the worldwide community of hobbyists and professionals who use the Arduino to prototype and develop fun, useful inventions.

With this Quick-Start Guide you’ll be creating your first gadgets within a few minutes, following the step-by-step instructions and photos throughout the book. You’ll build your own motion-sensing game controller with a three-axis accelerometer, connect the Arduino to the Internet and program both client and server applications, and create a universal remote with an Arduino and a few cheap parts. Plus, you’ll build your own burglar alarm that emails you whenever someone’s moving in your living room, integrate Nintendo’s Wii Nunchuk into your projects, make binary dice, learn how to solder, and more.

Sidebars throughout the book point you to exciting real-world projects using the Arduino, plenty of exercises will extend your skills, and “What If It Doesn’t Work” sections help you troubleshoot common problems.

Available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

Video Trailer

See the author build an Arduino-powered Christmas display on YouTube:

What People are Saying

“The most comprehensive book on the Arduino platform I have read. Loaded with excellent examples and references, ‘Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide’ gets beginners up and running in no time and provides experienced developers with a wealth of inspiration for their own projects.” —Haroon Baig, Creator of the Twitwee Clock

“I recommend this engaging and informative book to software developer s who want to learn the basics of electronics, as well as to anyone looking to interface their computers with the physical world.” —René Bohne, Software developer and creator of LumiNet

Book Information

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A Quick-Start Guide

by Maik Schmidt

ISBN: 9781934356661, 272 pages, $35.00US, $44.00CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

About Pragmatic Bookshelf

The Pragmatic Bookshelf features books written by developers for developers. The titles continue the well-known Pragmatic Programmer style, and continue to garner awards and rave reviews. As development gets more and more difficult, the Pragmatic Programmers will be there with more titles and products to help programmers stay on top of their game.


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