One of the nice things about the Arduino boards & software is they let people get started hacking electronics fast. However, I was looking for a good step-by-step tutorial that helped people with almost no experience through the first few steps of microcontroller programming and basic electronics design. At the same time, I’d been flipping through Parallax’s excellent “What is a Microcontroller” workbook and decided to start writing something similar.
So check out my Arduino Tutorial page and give me feedback! Right now I’ve got 3 lessons up, and will try to get a another 3 out in the next week and a half.
Pre-flight check…Is your Arduino and computer ready?
The “Hello World!” of electronics, a simple blinking light
Sketches, variables, procedures and hacking code
Breadboards, resistors and LEDs, schematics, and basic RGB color-mixing
At the end of lesson three, you build a mood lamp!
Third, I have an Arduino Starter Pack which is a bundle of stuff that will get you going with Arduino hacking with ease!
There’s an Arduino, USB cable, proto shield kit, tiny breadboard (goes on top of protoshield), 9V wall adapter, 9V battery holder, and a bag of parts that will get you started with my Arduino Tutorial lessons 0-6
This is a classic circuit, but until now I hadn’t gotten around to building one. Its useful whenever you need a floating supply or if you need a quick way to poke a signal voltage into a circuit. (I suggest it for people building and testing x0xb0x’s)