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Dimensions: 9. He has worked as a test engineer, product engineer, manufacturing manager and new products introduction engineer as well as having been awarded four patents in the fields of processor design and product test. Predko currently lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and two Siberian huskies. Most helpful customer reviews 78 of 78 people found the following review helpful.
I purchased this book so that I could get up to speed on the Microchip PIC architecture and its assembly language. Afterwards I went straight to the section in chap. Basically, the course that I followed allowed me to get up to speed in the shortest amount of time. My findings: 1. It is nice that Myke included the El-Cheapo programmer circuit board. Note: Microchip has a new ICD that programs all or most of their chips.
Unlike other reviewers, I found the code that I ran to be reliable - I found no blatant errors in the code - errors that would keep the code from running "as advertised. The book is way too long to read from cover to cover. When I was going through the first 10 experiments, I skipped to the earlier chapters to dig for information. This is a fact of life when programming microcontrollers.
Fortunately, I found the Microchip data sheets to have most of the information I was looking for. Myke should have provided a road map to assist people with different levels of experience get up to speed in the shortest time possible. The index is not easy to read. Sometimes, I felt like I needed a magnifying glass. The topics and their subtopics are in the same small font and the subtopics are often numerous - sometimes extending to the next page.
Myke, for the next edition fix this. This information would have been better kept on the CD so as not to pack the book with too much information. I am specifically interested in the electronic thermometer project on page Regardless, I enjoyed seeing his approach and comparing it to mine.
Myke uses a thermistor as part of an RC circuit which is charged to 5 volts. The capacitor is then discharged through the thermistor to a known voltage 2.
I used information in Chap 15 to get the serial port going - by cutting and pasting. I had a friend write a Visual Basic app to display the temperature on a PC. At over 1, pages, the book covers the products in sometimes very technical detail. The book provides excellent descriptions of how the PIC MCUs work, including details about their instruction sets, hardware features, tips for assembly language and macro development, and a slew of interesting experiments and projects.
It the extra chapter covers all the basics, and segues into PIC-related electronics issues. The chapter, for example, provides an excellent power supply circuit for PIC experimenting. It is, however, a quite comprehensive and logically organized as a textbook. Included in the discussions are things to watch out for, optimization ideas, and tricks of the trade. There are also a good number of code samples, which illustrate techniques the author teaches.
The index, contents, Appendices 10! The book could have used a good, qualified technical editor. I like to consider the errors puzzles -- to keep me on my toes. If you get stuck somewhere, just move on and come back to it later. This text does not simply regurgitate information in the datasheets.
Also, the binding has held up quite nicely and all the pages are held tightly in place, even after being left in a hot car all day. Highly recommended, indeed. I hope this information is helpful to you. Background info, assembly programming concepts, and plenty of examples got me up and running quickly. This book is worth the price, so I highly recommend it. I wish I could give the book 5 stars, but the numerous of errors are very distracting.
By "numerous," I mean "several per page. The book could use a "quick start" section at the beginning, telling you which chapters to read in which order depending on your skills and interests.
I ended up reading through lots of technical data on high-end PICs before arriving at some easy programming sections, and there was frequent repetition. The appendices provide much information, but they lack something important: an all-inclusive table of assembly commands and their parameter types. When I first started out, I had to flip through the text of Chap. See all 78 customer reviews
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