This book is the culmination of Marco Gottardo's teaching and work in electronics and automation. It is the first book in a self-teaching series that affords a solid foundation in Pic microcontroller programming. The book contains a range of fully explained problems and exercises, as well as three comprehensive essays, which are milestones for any industrial automation course. Key chapters are devoted to interrupt systems, analog signals, and Lcd displays. The book looks at Hitech C language on Ide Mplab software and on Micro Gt Mini and Ide hardware platforms, which can be easily ordered online. It also explains LadderPic, a language that enables microcontrollers to be programmed in the same way as Plcs. A follow-up, "Let's Make Robots!", will be published in December 2012.