Friday, January 7, 2011

Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C: Exploring the PIC32

Just months after the introduction of the new generation of 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, a Microchip insider and acclaimed author takes you by hand at the exploration of the PIC32

Includes handy checklists to help readers perform the most common programming and debugging tasks

The new 32-bit microcontrollers bring the promise of more speed and more performance while offering an unprecedented level of compatibility with existing 8 and 16-bit PIC microcontrollers. In sixteen engaging chapters, using a parallel track to his previous title dedicated to 16-bit programming, the author puts all these claims to test while offering a gradual introduction to the development and debugging of embedded control applications in C.
Author Lucio Di Jasio, a PIC and embedded control expert, offers unique insight into the new 32-bit architecture while developing a number of projects of growing complexity.
Experienced PIC users and newcomers to the field alike will benefit from the text's many thorough examples which demonstrate how to nimbly side-step common obstacles, solve real-world design problems efficiently and optimize code using the new PIC32 features and peripheral set.

You will learn about:
  • basic timing and I/O operation
  • debugging methods with the MPLAB SIM *simulator and ICD tools
  • multitasking using the PIC32 interrupts
  • all the new hardware peripherals
  • how to control LCD displays
  • experimenting with the Explorer16 board and *the PIC32 Starter Kit
  • accessing mass-storage media
  • generating audio and video signals
  • and more!

AutoCAD 2008 For Dummies

Discover precision techniques that increase accuracy and save time!
Explore the essentials, improve your geometry, and share your stuff
AutoCAD sets the standard for creating architectural and mechanical drawings, and it's a complex package. Well, that's where this book comes in! It takes you one step at a time through properly setting up AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT®, drawing and editing, zooming and panning, plotting and printing, working online, and other essentials.
  • Harness the text and annotation upgrades
  • Set up basic drawings
  • Use the drawing commands
  • Zoom and pan
  • Explore 3D models
  • Edit hatch objects

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Learn Java In a Weekend

Even with no programming experience, you can master the basics of Java programming in just one weekend! On Friday evening, you'll begin with an introduction to Java as you install the SDK. Pick up the pace on Saturday as you learn the basics of Java by beginning a calculator application that you will build on throughout the book. Program your calculator's appearance as you conquer graphical user interfaces. On Sunday you'll begin incorporating interfaces, applets, and threads. Wrap things up with coverage of advanced Java programming and utilities. You'll Learn How To:

  • Use the abstract windowing toolkit to program GUIs;
  • Understand the basics of variables, arrays, and object-oriented programming;
  • Program graphics for a lightweight component as you build a calculator application;
  • Convert applications to Swing;
  • Use interfaces and event handling to develop an event model;
  • Add features to your applications that allow them to read and write files.