Exploring BeagleBone: Tools and Techniques for Building with Embedded Linux

· John Wiley & Sons
19 reviews

About this ebook

In-depth instruction and practical techniques for buildingwith the BeagleBone embedded Linux platform

Exploring BeagleBone is a hands-on guide to bringinggadgets, gizmos, and robots to life using the popular BeagleBoneembedded Linux platform. Comprehensive content and deep detailprovide more than just a BeagleBone instructionmanual—you’ll also learn the underlying engineeringtechniques that will allow you to create your own projects. Thebook begins with a foundational primer on essential skills, andthen gradually moves into communication, control, and advancedapplications using C/C++, allowing you to learn at your own pace.In addition, the book’s companion website featuresinstructional videos, source code, discussion forums, and more, toensure that you have everything you need.

The BeagleBone’s small size, high performance, low cost,and extreme adaptability have made it a favorite developmentplatform, and the Linux software base allows for complex yetflexible functionality. The BeagleBone has applications in smartbuildings, robot control, environmental sensing, to name a few;and, expansion boards and peripherals dramatically increase thepossibilities. Exploring BeagleBone provides areader-friendly  guide to the device, including a crash coursein computer engineering. While following step by step, you can:

  • Get up to speed on embedded Linux, electronics, andprogramming
  • Master interfacing electronic circuits, buses and modules, withpractical examples
  • Explore the Internet-connected BeagleBone and the BeagleBonewith a display
  • Apply the BeagleBone to sensing applications, including videoand sound
  • Explore the BeagleBone’s Programmable Real-TimeControllers

Hands-on learning helps ensure that your new skills stay withyou, allowing you to design with electronics, modules, orperipherals even beyond the BeagleBone. Insightful guidance andonline peer support help you transition from beginner to expert asyou master the techniques presented in Exploring BeagleBone,the practical handbook for the popular computing platform.

19 reviews
Jose O
June 30, 2017
Dr. Molloy knocks it out the park with this book. Not a beginners text by any means. One needs experience with Linux, c/c++, electrical engineering, and assembly language to really get the most out of the text. Rarely does one find such a well written, comprehensive, technical book.
Richard Utri
July 22, 2015
Great book for embedded development with the BeagleBone Black and is a good read for those wanting to get started with the BBB. The author does a really good job at giving you good practical examples for motor control, digital, and analog circuits. The examples in all cases are clearly outline and do include the sample code. He covers both audio and video processing. The author covers compiling both in the system as well as cross compiling, and even walks you through setting up both environments. The author walks you through setting up and configuring the board for regular distributions of linux, as well as explaining a bit about your real time options. Furthermore he includes a chapter on the PRU's which are designed to help the CPU make deterministic deadlines for real time applications as well.
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Ricardo Calderon
January 18, 2015
I've been following Derek's posts about the beaglebone, and did not doubt to get this book as soon as I heard about it
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About the author

Dr. Derek Molloy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University, Ireland. Derek produces a popular YouTube series on the BeagleBone platform and a wide variety of embedded Linux topics. His videos and personal blog have introduced millions of people to the BeagleBone, embedded Linux, and digital electronics.

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