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Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, Sixth Edition, 6th Edition by Simon Monk, Stan Gibilisco

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CHAPTER

Arduino

ELECTRONICS HOBBYISTS HAVE BEEN USING MICROCONTROLLERS AS LONG AS THOSE DEVICES HAVE existed. But they have become extremely popular on the back of the runaway success of the Arduino microcontroller boards. Here are some of the reasons for the success of the Arduino platform:

•   Built-in USB interface and programmer (no extra hardware required)

•   Simple to use Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with which to write your programs

•   Works with Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux computers

•   Simple programming language

•   Standard GPIO socket arrangement for the addition of plug-in “shields”

•   Open-source hardware design, so you get to see the schematic diagram of the board and understand exactly how it works

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