Understanding the Basics
In This Chapter
Understanding key Arduino concepts
Reviewing basic electronics and components
Understanding sensors and actuators
Learning soldering basics
You’ve probably already connected your Arduino and tried out some of the example sketches that come with it, but you might not know about all the useful features in the Arduino programming environment. Also, there are a few things to keep in mind when connecting your Arduino to electronic circuits and putting everything into a protective enclosure.
This chapter covers how to get started with Arduino and the basic programming concepts you use to make your project work. Because you are working with electricity, you need to know some of the basics of how electronic circuits work. I also describe how to identify electronic components and how to read the circuit diagrams you find in each chapter.
Building your project sometimes requires a little light soldering. If you haven’t done any soldering before, these projects are easy enough to give you a good start. After you hone your skills, you can ...