Getting Started with Arduino

Reviewed by Major Keary

The author of Getting Started with Arduino, Massimo Banzi, is co-founder of Arduino, "… an open source physical computing platform based on a simple input/output (I/O) board and a development environment that implements the Processing language ( Arduino can be used to develop standalone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer. The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment) can be downloaded for free from www.arduino,cc.". Arduino DIY kits, tools, and books can be found at, which is part of O'Reilly's Maker Media division.

Getting Started with Arduino is a hands-on introduction that includes example source code for a number of projects designed to demonstrate the scope of Arduino's capabilities and how easy it is to use. The reader is not assumed to have any particular knowledge; terminology and programming are fully explained, and there are appendices covering how to read schematic diagrams and how to identify resistors and capacitors. There is no need to worry about soldering; the system uses solderless breadboards.

An example of technical communication at its best. The book is notable for its excellent diagrams that support the text. Highly recommended as an introduction to practical Arduino.

Massimo Banzi: Getting Started with Arduino
ISBN 978-0-596-15551-3
Published by Make Books (an imprint of O'Reilly), 117 pp., RRP AU$ 23.95

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