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Arduino Internals

Cover of Arduino Internals by Dale Wheat Published by Apress
  1. Title
  2. Dedication
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Contents
  5. About the Author
  6. About the Technical Reviewers
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Preface
    1. Intended Audience
    2. What This Book Isn't
    3. Chapter Overview
    4. Summary
  9. Chapter 1: Hardware
    1. What Is an Arduino?
    2. The Arduino Uno
    3. The Arduino Mega 2560
    4. Previous Hardware
    5. Who Makes Arduinos?
    6. Build Your Own
    7. Summary
  10. Chapter 2: Software
    1. Hosts and Targets
    2. Step by Step
    3. Semiautomatic
    4. Going Further
    5. Summary
  11. Chapter 3: Atmel AVR
    1. Origins
    2. AVR Device Families
    3. When in Doubt: Product Datasheets
    4. Device Packaging
    5. Pin Descriptions
    6. AVR Core
    7. Internal Peripherals
    8. Summary
  12. Chapter 4: Supporting Hardware
    1. Schematic Diagrams
    2. Getting Power to the Board
    3. Serial Interface
    4. The Processor
    5. Room for Expansion
    6. The Mechanical Form Factor
    7. Universal Serial Bus (USB): Signals Plus Power
    8. Summary
  13. Chapter 5: Arduino Software
    1. Open Source Software
    2. Multiplatform Support
    3. The Arduino Heritage
    4. Installing the Software
    5. The Process, or “How to Arduino”
    6. A Tour of the User Interface
    7. Summary
  14. Chapter 6: Optimizations
    1. How Will You Know It Worked?
    2. Shrink Blink
    3. Saving Space with Simple Serial Communication
    4. Saving SRAM
    5. Low Power or High Speed?
    6. Electronic Measurements
    7. Summary
  15. Chapter 7: Hardware Plus Software
    1. Available Peripherals
    2. Summary
  16. Chapter 8: Example Projects
    1. Beyond the Blinking LED: Starting Simply
    2. Other Uses for a Blinking LED
    3. A Lot of Blinking LEDs
    4. A Digital Clock
    5. Summary
  17. Chapter 9: Project Management
    1. Documentation
    2. Teamwork and Collaborative Development
    3. Licensing Your Work
    4. Summary
  18. Chapter 10: Hardware Design
    1. Learning About Hardware
    2. Infrared Proximity Sensor
    3. Your Own Custom Arduino
    4. Design Software
    5. Summary
  19. Chapter 11: Software Design
    1. Advanced Topics Within Arduino
    2. And Without Arduino
    3. Summary
  20. Chapter 12: Networking
    1. Point-to-Point Networking
    2. MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface
    3. The Internet
    4. Summary
  21. Chapter 13: More Example Projects
    1. An Autonomous Robot
    2. Power Supply
    3. Motion Control
    4. Sensors
    5. Control Systems
    6. Example Robot Projects
    7. Summary
  22. Index
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Documentation

You have several very effective weapons with which to combat the increasing complexity of your design. The first and most effective weapon in your arsenal is documentation. Write it down. That's all it takes. It doesn't have to be fancy or even very detailed, but it does need to be accurate and as complete as you can make it.

Pretend that you're actually still going to be interested in this project in three months and may want to go back and understand “Just what was I thinking?” at some crucial point in the design process. You'll most certainly need more than some arcane program sketches and tangles of wire to figure this out.

Better yet, pretend that someone else will take an interest in your design. For all you know, they may ...

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