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Thanks, Pat.

By "pc" I was implying only a SoC-based mini/micro/embedded system - as in the three options listed above.
Considering the performance/power-consumed/cost metric, the current breed of x86 systems are not very suitable for many embedded applications. That may change in a couple of years...


Pat Farrell wrote:
Assuming by "PC" you mean an Intel/Amd X86 architecture machine with an operating system such as Windows, OS-X or Liniux, personally, I'd never pick a PC as the smart half to pair with an Arduino or other microcontroller. I'd use an ARM system, with as many AVR controllers as I need (and you can use a lot of them cheaply.

7 years ago
Hi Martin, Joshua & Jordan,

For real-world projects, 'am trying to figure out which option to choose from the options below:

Option 1: Get an Arduino board (say, Due) + an ARM SoC-based mini PC like say the Pi/linux-stick
. OR
Option 2: Get a combination board like UDOO, that has both components on a single board
. OR
Option 3: Get a combo board like the BeagleBoneBlack (BBB), though not Arduino compatible, is similar.
And in this case, how easy would it be to transfer the "logic of arduino wiring" for use with the BBB ?

Also, for options (1) & (2), what is the best way to encapsulate arduino logic in higher level languages such as Java/C++, but then have those objects talk "wiring-compatible" logic to the Arduino component. That would leverage the best of both worlds...

Thanks for you insights.
PS: Hope to get your book and gain more knowledge on this burgeoning field.
7 years ago
As an FYI...

TIJ (and other books) are available
for free download at:

You can also:
. highlight the window that has the image,
. hit ALT+PrintScreen combo (screen shot)
. paste the screenshot into something like MS Paint,
. crop it if you wish, and
. save image to a file (format of choice)
[ February 11, 2004: Message edited by: Venkat Bommakanti ]
Hi Joe,
Pl. check out the instructions at
They are pretty straight forward.
16 years ago
I did notice the low price a few days earlier. Very attractive
value. But, I was concerned that they were offering such a low
price probably because the next edition is in the offing !
May be Max could throw more light on it, if possible ;-)
The present edition is ~2.5 yrs old. If there is a new edition
coming soon, I'd rather wait for it.

Originally posted by Kathy Sierra:
... Yes it introduces you to threads, and gives you a big start (and enough for the exam)...

Thanks, that addresses my concerns :-)
I was hoping to be efficient in prep for the exam.
Too many books may spoil the cert !
Also, Bert & Phil, thanks for your notes.
Off I go on my 1-way journey to SCJP-land ;-)
Hi all,
At the outset, thanks to this community for all the help.
I wish to take the SCJP cert exam and 'am newbie to this forum.
Here are questions:
In addition to many mock exams, I understand the following 2
books make a good study resource:
1. K&B (ie, B&K :-) book
2. K&R (orange :-) book
However, in the SCJP FAQ section here, re the K&B book it says:
"...It won't teach you Swing or Threads...". Assuming one need
not be concerned with Swing (since its not on the exam?),
Q1. What might be a good supplemental resource to cover threads
from a begginer's perspective? Per Sun's site, threads are part
of the syllabus for SCJP exam.
Q2. Also, does the K&B book cover all other syllabus requirements?
If not, is there a supplemental book required for unaddressed
topics ?
I researched the forums for a clear answer but could not find
any. I'd appreciate it if someone could help. Thanks.
[ February 06, 2004: Message edited by: Venkat Bommakanti ]
Hi Jemima,
imo, potential employers are typically looking for 'some' track record. Its human nature (of hiring managers) to look for some comforting factor to ensure that the candidate they are selecting is 'good enough'.
That said, you can do one or more of these:
. Volunteer to work at some well-known local non-profits
that may need your skills. You may have to work for free
for a while. In return you'll get the tangible benefits
of real-world experience, references, etc. There are also
quite a few startups looking for talent, may not pay much
or may not pay at all.
. Go over to the placement depts of local colleges' and try
and get info of hiring managers of internships. Contact
them and ask if you could apply for internships. Also
contacts friends if any, within these companies and see if
they can pass on your resume.
. Build a quasi-realworld solution showcasing your skills
(covering your cert areas) and have them available for
viewing online or on a laptop. be ready to demo if they
want to see them.
You can always pursue the regular (paying) job hunt in parallel.
All the best,
16 years ago
Despite reading a lot about how one could use the Netbeans Platform as a Framework to build new GUI apps, I'm unable to find a "How To doc" or minimal code modules as a (Netbeans or other) project.
Could someone point me in the right direction. I can't imagine that this info is not available even for an Open Source project like Netbeans.
I've searched here in JavaRanch and www for any info but to no avail. There are pages such as:, but fall short of indicating what the process entails.
Thanks for your help,
[ August 13, 2002: Message edited by: venkat bommakanti ]