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2007\06\13@170759 by Richard Seriani, Sr.

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I am a relative newcomer to the world of Microchip and I am Interested in
comments/reviews of the Tim Wilmhurst book, Designing Embedded Systems with
PIC Microcontrollers: Principles and Applications, before I purchase it.

I am just starting a project which will involve a small autonomous surface
vehicle using a mid-range PIC MCU and I would like opinions on the value of
this book toward that purpose.

Thanks,
Richard Seriani, Sr.


2007\06\14@030459 by Rikard Bosnjakovic

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On 6/13/07, Richard Seriani, Sr. <spam_OUTrichard_s633TakeThisOuTspamcox.net> wrote:

> I am a relative newcomer to the world of Microchip and I am Interested in
> comments/reviews of the Tim Wilmhurst book, Designing Embedded Systems with
> PIC Microcontrollers: Principles and Applications, before I purchase it.
>
> I am just starting a project which will involve a small autonomous surface
> vehicle using a mid-range PIC MCU and I would like opinions on the value of
> this book toward that purpose.

Welcome to the world.

You don't write about earlier experience of programming, electronics
or microcontrollers. I have not read the book you ask about, but I
recommend Sidney Katzen's "The quintessential PIC microcontroller"
(ISBN 185233942X or 978-1852339425).

I came from a world of software programming into the world of hardware
programming using this book. It's an excellent book, perhaps not for
utter novices though. I learned all the assembler required, and it's
also got lots of "real world"-examples of problems and how you would
solve them.

I heartily recommend this book.

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- Rikard - http://bos.hack.org/cv/

2007\06\14@063948 by cdb

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I have this book.

I'm not sure I'd recommend it to an absolute beginner, but it does take you through assembler code in a way that attempts to explain to a beginner what is going on and the niceties of writing programs.

Having said that, I wouldn't discount buying the book, even if you were to find it a little advanced, the ideas would set you thinking, and the book would then suddenly come in to view so to speak.

Colin

:::: I am a relative newcomer to the world of Microchip and I am
:::: Interested in
::::
:::: comments/reviews of the Tim Wilmhurst book, Designing Embedded
:::: Systems with
:::: PIC Microcontrollers: Principles and Applications, before I
:::: purchase it.
::::
:::: I am just starting a project which will involve a small
:::: autonomous surface
:::: vehicle using a mid-range PIC MCU and I would like opinions on
:::: the value of
:::: this book toward that purpose.
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2007\06\14@083245 by Richard Seriani, Sr.

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Thanks Rikard and Colin.

I should have added that I am new to PIC, but not new to electronics nor to
programming (though I don't consider myself a programmer). To give you some
idea, the first computer I learned about was in a military electrical
engineering course and used a whopping 1k of magnetic core memory, if I
remember correctly. Set 8 switches and press "load"; repeat for each
instruction.  Hit RUN and watch the lights (not even LEDs). Storage was
punched paper tape. That was in 1969 and I was young. Now, I'm just an old
guy trying to learn new things.

Richard




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