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I'm spending a lot of time learning the AVR microcontroller. Its time to spent a little cash on a good AVR book. Anyone have any experiance with these two books, or others I may have missed, good or bad. I'm especially interested in an have the STK300 with a ATmega103L and in the near future purchase the STK500 with a AT90LS8535. I leaning toward the first one because it is 2 years newer.

1) Programming and Customizing the AVR Microcontroller -- Dhananjay V. Gadre, paperback, 2000
2) AVR Risc Microcontroller Handbook -- Claus Kuhnel, paperback, 1998

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Mike

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I had a quick look at book 2) - and at a number of different books about controllers (8051).

My personal opinion:

Take your time to study the datasheets and application notes of Atmel and IAR handbooks (which I could supply as PDF). They are freely available and the information is better than what you find in the books. The Book content is mainly a brief description of what you find in the datasheets AND application notes and doesn't give you much additional information. because they are dealing with the SAME subjects.

I did it like that and was able to develope some applications, that work well while not being trivial...

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Chris

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Got book 1. If you have any experience with other micro's it is a pretty good reference. There is some page-filpping to get the figures and tables to line up with the text. Comes with a CD of tools and datasheets. The later projects are presented in more in a "concept" style, as opposed to how to wire and exact code. Overall I would say that for the price the book is pretty good. I have spent more ant got less.

Jeff

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I bought AVR Risc Microcontroller Handbook -- Claus Kuhnel and wish I hadn't wasted my money. The same info can be obtained from the Atmel data sheet, for free and it's much more up to date.

Cheers Jack

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I agree with Jack - The Kuhnel book is a TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY. The Gadre book is a little better with some examples and interesting project ideas (especially an AVR datalogger) However it seems to be geared to the type of person with no embedded systems or microcontroller experience. If you have some experience with microcontrollers the datasheets for the chips and compilers/assemblers seem to be the most useful. (not to mention free).