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Chapter 2. Arduino

This chapter is a modified version of the Arduino primer initially published as an appendix of my book The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse from NoStarch Press and is used here with their kind permission.

If you are new to Arduino, this chapter will get you started with this great little board. 

What Is an Arduino?

There are various types of Arduino boards, but by far the most common and the one that is used for all the projects in this book is the Arduino Uno (see Figure 2-1).

The Arduino Uno has gone through a number of revisions. The Arduino Uno shown in Figure 2-1 is a revision 3 (R3) board (the latest at the time of writing).

Let’s start our tour of the Arduino with the USB socket, which serves several purposes: it ...

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