Programming & Customizing PICmicro Microcontrollers
||Author: Myke Predko|
List Price: $49.95
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics (04 December, 2000)
Sales Rank: 6,342
Average Customer Rating: 3.8 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Best PIC Reference Available
I have found this book to be the most thorough compilation of PIC micro information that is available. Again and again, I have looked at other books, then returned to Predko. It covers just about any topic you can imagine - - PIC hardware, timers, LCDs, various types of interfacing & communications, motors & servos, emulators, and on and on. Here, in one book, you can get the author's advice and a short example for just about anything you're doing with the PIC. While I do not recommend this book for people just beginning to learn about PICs, it should be on everyone's shelf as a reference, once you have been through your first course.
Rating: 5 out of 5
A real learning guide for Picmicro MCU
I think this is a right book for anyone who wants to jump into microcontrollers. The large amount of information provided in the book is a must for such topics as studying microcontrollers. It is true that book has many typos, but after all the book is about microcontrollers programming and not English grammar. A mistake here and there can be tolerated. Some corrections are needed regarding electronics theory. The book can be used by beginner (actually, this is the only one that will be helpful to the beginners) and also by more experienced programmers. I found that CD is not working always as it should. Overall, good work!
Rating: 2 out of 5
riddled with errors
Just as bad as his 8051 book in the quality of the English. He probably knows how to program the PIC MCUs, but I couldn't stick around long enough to find out. The book desperately needs an editor, and the publisher should be ashamed of letting a semi-literate author get away with this. It reflects on them as much as on him. The bad grammar and spelling can distract one from the technical errors. And there are plenty of those, partly oversight and partly the author's own shallow understanding.
Just opening at random to pp. 178-179, on clock oscillators I learn that "applications that require extreme accuracy allow the use of cheaper clock designs." How about "do not require"? Then I learn that "an error of 30% to the target speed are not unheard of." Sure, that's just English, but gee whiz, it's that way through the book. Then I learn that the circuit uses a "Schmidt trigger," presumably the German version of the well-known Schmitt trigger. Lower on the page I find "Crystals and ceramic resonators delay the propagation of a signal a set amount of time. This set amount is dependent on how the crystal is cut." If ever an author were asked to demonstrate that he hasn't a clue about how a crystal works, he couldn't find a better way. And so forth. It's that way on every page.
He probably knows the PIC processors pretty well, and I won't take that away from him. One pass through the book by a competent copy editor, and another by a real electronic expert could easily turn this into a much shorter, coherent, accurate, and useful book, but neither of those has happened.
All his books seem to have a strange combination of rave reviews and pans, with very little in between. That's unnatural, and the explanation that jumps to mind is bothersome.
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