I have a small light metal platform about 30 cm square mounted on horizontal rails. It is well lubricated and slides easily from side to side. I would like to build a device to connect to the underside of the platform that will allow me to programatically move the platform left or right by a defined distance at the touch of a button.
While I've never used an Arduino, I've been aware of its existence for a while and felt this might be a good project to begin experimenting with it. For context, I'm a computer programmer by trade, but have limited exposure to electronics in general.
Where would be a good place to start? Are there books that are considered the "bible" of Arduino development? Are there existing projects that basically do what I'm hoping to achieve? Am I barking up the wrong tree and shouldn't be attempting to find a solution for this with an Arduino? Any input would be greatly appreciated.