Friday, June 10, 2011

New to Netduino? Electronics? Don't know the difference between a diode, capacitor, resister and a NAND gate? Check out "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Electronics 101"

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Electronics 101

The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Electronics 101 teaches readers the fundamentals of electronics in an engaging, hands-on way. Appropriate for students and aspiring hobbyists alike, this book is loaded with more than a dozen projects that start simple and progressively get more involved as the reader moves through the book. Topics include: fundamentals of electronics: electrons, voltage, current, power, conductors, insulators, semiconductors, etc.; designing, building, and modifying circuit boards; sensors and controllers; and transmitters and receivers.


Jean, the book's co-author, sent me a note (reproduced with her permission);

"...My husband Sean and I use the Netduino as the heart of the projects at the end of our book (once we take readers from electrons to NAND gates).

Sean went with Netduino instead of Arduino when planning the books projects because of the robustness and approachability of .NET. We like that it can power little gizmos, but it also can do some serious heavy lifting when partnered with the coding environment that .NET provides.

...We’re hoping to help bring users of all types to a place where they feel confident jumping in and getting their feet wet—inventing and creating instead of just consuming the technology that they love."

On the Coding4Fun Blog I recently posted, A Gentle Introduction to Netduino.  While that post does a good job, there's only so much it can cover. I mean just how far can a 18 page PDF go toward teaching you the basics of electronics? Verses the 352 pages in the above guide. And since the book's title pretty much describes me.... :P

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