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Beginning Raspberry Pi [Kindle Edition]

Raspberry Pi Tutorials
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Book Description

Beginning Raspberry Pi consists of 15 Chapters that will guide you through setting up, installing and using the Raspberry Pi computer. You will learn your way around the console by using basic commands and then move on to the graphical user desktop, where you will learn more about applications and going online.

You will also learn more complex tasks such as using administration and networking tools, which will arm you with the knowledge to move on to tweaking your Raspberry Pi.

The book will also teach you the basics of programming starting with scratch, python, c and c++, before moving onto game programming using PyGame.

The final chapter of this book contains helpful information on troubleshooting your device.

The book contains screenshots, so that the reader is able to see a visual representation of what is taking place, making it easier to follow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1582 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Publisher: RMLA Link Publishing (16 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C4JLZG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful. 23 Jun. 2012
By D. Eden
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I've just taken delivery of my Raspberry Pi with a view to using it with my new GCSE Computing class. I'm a very rusty user of Linux and am in the process of teaching myself Scratch and Python for this course. This little ebook is proving very useful as a getting started guide. It's only when using the Pi I realised how rusty I am and that I needed a jump start and this is ideal. If, like me, you're one of those trying to recapture the joys of programming the ZX81 and Spectrum (Commodore was far too expensive for our house)but with a 21st century twist, this book will get you up and running and the rest is up to you. £4.11 well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative 19 Dec. 2012
By steve
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Exactly what I was looking for, simple descriptions and easy to follow text. I wanted to get my head round the whole thing before I start introducing my 7 year old to it next year and this book fits the bill.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doen't add much 21 Aug. 2012
By Mikep
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I was disappointed by this book. As another reviewer pointed out, it's rather sloppy, having not been well proof read with elementary errors throughout. The Halfacree books Raspberry Pi User Guide - Connecting the Board and Meet the Raspberry Pi are much more readable and accurate. Beginners should look at the Raspi web site for clearer information - free!!

The colour pictures are of course available on a computer - suggest the critic who dislikes seeing them b&w tries the kindle app on PC or other devices - you really need colour for diagrams of this sort - and you can enlarge then as well
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really tasty Rasberry Pi book 5 Aug. 2012
Having bought the Rasberry Pi and being rather ignorant of the mysteries of Linux, I decided to purchase this book and am very glad I did.
It is very clear and easy to understand and has got me really interested in Linux (I`m a long time MS user, from DOS to W7).
My one grumble is that it is for Kindle only (I use Kobo), so I had to download Kindle software to my laptop to read the book, also a hard copy woud be nice.
That said, It is an excellent guide book
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, I wish I had. 23 Oct. 2012
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While there are one or two useful pieces of information in this book, most of it is just waffle and badly written waffle at that. Parts of it seem to have been written by a bored ten year old, forced to do homework on a sunny Saturday afternoon, when he would much rather be outside playing football.

To give you an idea, the section entitled 'Beginning Python Programming with Raspberry Pi' contains no information at all about either programming or Python. Instead it has lots of overly detailed but useless instructions like "Left click you (sic) mouse button on the Geany icon. Geany will now open." Wow, you don't say! It goes on to explain that Geany is like a microwave oven that takes all the ingredients you give it and mixes them together into a program. Then there is a helpful picture of a microwave oven! Boy, do I love having my intelligence insulted! Later on there is a diagram to show you how folders work. It's a picture of a file and a big arrow pointing to a folder. You see, the file goes in the folder. Do you get it? No, it was too much for me the first time too, so thankfully the same diagram is repeated in the next chapter!

Hopefully by this stage it is redundant of me to mention the spelling and grammatical errors that occur on almost every page. (Why would you write a book and not even bother to read it through to check for mistakes?)

I assume that many of the target audience of a book on the Raspberry Pi are school children with limited money to spend. In which case, take my original advice, save your money and don't buy this book. There is much better advice available for free on the internet, just a simple Google search away. Perhaps Mr Scott Wren doesn't think very highly of his target audience and that is why his book is so 'dumbed down'?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever!! 21 Feb. 2013
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Best book on the Raspberry!! it has helped a lot, R P for the world, and more Every school should have them.

Peter Thompson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reading 18 Dec. 2012
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Simple and easy to understand a useful book to start with. An enjoyable introduction to the Raspberry Pi world of computing.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For <£5 avoid long trawls on geeky forums 24 Jun. 2012
By Teaboy
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My Raspberry Pi arrived on Thursday. By Sunday I was very frustrated with the nerdy geeky one-upmanship that seems to be part and parcel of the various online forums offering help using the Raspberry Pi. Even those for 'beginners' soon lapse into jargon that's beyond most newcomers.

I had two problems once I got my Raspberry Pi running: No sound, and a need to connect to my home wireless network. The online discussion forums offer lots of wisdom on how to resolve these issues but all of it assumes the reader to be well versed in techno jargon - in fact some contributors seem to use the forums as platforms to display just how much technospeak they can fit into a sentence. (Example advice from a 'how to start using the Raspberry Pi' forum: The simple option (and I'm sure its detailed on the wiki as well) would be to boot a gparted live disk (on a usb key, or cd) and then use that to resize the partition of the sd card. So boot your windows computer with that disk instead it will go to a live linux, make sure the sd card is in the reader, pull it up in the options and away you go.

This book is ideal. I solved my wireless and audio problems in less than 30 minutes. I have it on my phone so easy to access while using my raspberry pi. Lots of crucial info in one place written in plain English. My only criticism is the author's occasional misuse of the apostrophe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and value - speedy delivery too
Published 10 months ago by Leechadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars ... time to get to use it but I do love
It's taken time to get to use it but I do love it
Published 13 months ago by Gerry
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date
Probably was a useful book for beginners, but like so many technical books of this type, both hardware and software have moved on, leaving the book extremely dated and of little... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cumbria
5.0 out of 5 stars raspbery pi-initiation
Very good write up explaining the module-easy to understand -recommend this e-book for beginners, very reasonable price and no problems with download.
Published 22 months ago by Mr. William M. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a beginner and this was written for the beginner.
The book is written simply. It is easy to follow. Some reviews knocked it but its just right for me.
Published on 24 Jan. 2013 by Richard Jesse
1.0 out of 5 stars Copy of raspberry pi for schools
This book was 75% the same as the better book listed above. Less interesting as well, it also assumes you have certain packages such as Geany installed, but does not tell you how... Read more
Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by Kenneth May
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to get you going
I found this extremely useful, however i think it may go out of date quickly as new versions of Debian are released.
Published on 3 Sept. 2012 by Graham S. Yule
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book but a shame it's only available as a kindle version
I'm not trying to appear a Luddite but whilst e-books are fine for novels and similar, to my mind they are no use whatsoever for technical works. Read more
Published on 13 Aug. 2012 by Dale A. Haines
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