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Yaroslav Ashurin
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Welcome, dear "Arduino in Action" authors!

I'm planning to purchase two Uno boards (one for myself, another for my son), and the "Arduino in Action" book just what the good doctor ordered. Hopefully it covers very basics to start smoothly.
A couple of questions to authors:

1) Being an amateur musician, I'm wondering am I going to be able to build a fancy metronome out of the Arduino Uno board for practicing purposes? I've got a software metronome on my PC which is pretty unstable, and a metronome installed on the iPod is battery hungry, so I decided to build my own ticking device. I might just go and buy Casio or whatever metronome from the local store, but that's boring.

2) Who is on the Book cover? A vagabond, I guess?

Thank you, gentlemen.


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Bear Bibeault
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Yaroslav Ashurin wrote:2) Who is on the Book cover? A vagabond, I guess?


Heh, if it's not a drawing of Arduin of Ivrea be prepared for a one-star review of the book. (Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja got a 1-star review for putting a samurai on the cover. )

In all seriousness, this looks like a really cool book and technology. I had an electronics kit as a kid way back in the last Ice Age and this could respark my interest...


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Martin Evans
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Yes you should be able to make your own metronome.

The figure on the front of the book is taken from a 19th-century edition of Sylvain Marechal's four volume compedium of regional dress costumes published in France and is entitled "Travailleur de deplacement" which means an itinerant laborer.
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Bear Bibeault wrote: I had an electronics kit as a kid way back in the last Ice Age and this could respark my interest...


Get an Arduino! Get a breadboard kit from adafruit.

These things are great fun. Plus, I believe (IMHO, etc) that in the near future, the whole industry will split in two: giant servers and tiny embedded stuff. The only way to understand the embedded stuff is to play with real hardware, make lights blink, etc.
Yaroslav Ashurin
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Martin Evans wrote:Yes you should be able to make your own metronome.

The figure on the front of the book is taken from a 19th-century edition of Sylvain Marechal's four volume compedium of regional dress costumes published in France and is entitled "Travailleur de deplacement" which means an itinerant laborer.


Great! Thanks.
I'm sure "blinking LED" and "tic-toc-tic-ing loudspeaker" should be driven by similar hardware and logic burned into the chip. Will figure out how to vary the tempo. That would be nice to have the Uno play "When the levee breaks" intro of John Bonham.

To Bear:
The one-star reviewer must be just kidding.

Yeah I agree the book should be realy cool; "Hibernate in Action" from Manning helped me once to get a grasp of hibernation, so I presume "Arduino in Action" should work, too.
Just like you, I used to play with Ohm's law in my childhood; not an electronics kit, though: I had stripped surplus boards and handful of resistors and capacitors and stuff. DIY worm is still crawling in my brain.
 
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