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Getting Started with Raspberry Pi: Electronic Projects with the Low-Cost Pocket-Sized Computer [Paperback]

Matt Richardson , Shawn Wallace
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Book Description

8 Nov 2014

What can you do with the Raspberry Pi, the inexpensive credit card-sized computer? All sorts of things! If you're learning how to program, or looking to build new electronic projects, this hands-on guide will show you just how valuable this flexible little platform can be.

This book takes you step-by-step through fun and educational possibilities. Write programs in Scratch and Python. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. Play with multimedia. With Raspberry Pi, you can do all of this and more.

  • Get acquainted with hardware features of the Raspberry Pi
  • Learn enough Linux to move around the operating system
  • Draw graphics, play sounds, and handle mouse events with the Pygame framework
  • Use the input and output pins to do some hardware hacking
  • Discover how Arduino and the Raspberry Pi complement each other
  • Integrate webcams and the Raspberry Pi Camera Module into your projects
  • Create your own Pi-based web server with Python

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 2 edition (8 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457186128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457186127
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Getting To Know The $35 ARM-Powered Linux Computer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist and video producer. He's a contributor to MAKE magazine and Matt is also the owner of Awesome Button Studios, a technology consultancy. Highlights from his work include the Descriptive Camera, a camera which outputs a text description of a scene instead of a photo. He also created The Enough Already, a DIY celebrity-silencing device. Matt's work has garnered attention from The New York Times, Wired, New York Magazine and has also been featured at The Nevada Museum of Art and at the Santorini Bienniele. He is currently a Master's candidate at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Shawn Wallace is an editor at O'Reilly and lives in Providence, RI. He is also a member of the Fluxama artist collective responsible for new iOS musical instruments such as Noisemusick and Doctor Om. He designed open hardware kits at Modern Device and taught the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. For years he was the managing director of the AS220 art space and is a cofounder of the SMT Computing Society.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I've built up a bit of a collection of books of this kind, because although all the basic information is duplicated, they all have intersting hints, tips and ideas. This one is illustrated with freehand sketches rather than photographs for some reason (production methods? cost?), but they do have the merit of being easy to see (photos sometimes come out a bit grey on grey).
One caveat: I'm a little uneasy about the writer's suggestion you can safely connect an LED between one of the output pins and ground without a dropper resistor: I have a strong suspicion he's thinking of the sort that include their own resistor, so they can safely be used across anything up to 5V - but he doesn't actually say so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WebCam surprise 11 Feb 2013
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I bought this book because it claimed to show how to interface a webcam to the Raspberry Pi. First attempt failed, asked for help on the book's website and surprise surprise, got a response! In the meantime, suspecting problems with the operating system, did an update and upgrade and then the installation worked. Can get video and stills from webcam and interface it with Python. Great stuff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for a Raspberry Pi beginner 9 Feb 2013
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This book is the perfect accompaniment for someone new to the Raspberry Pi (like me) and similar computer projects. You will need to be comfortable with computers in general, but if you're, say, happy installing software on your standard Windows machine, you'll be fine.

The book covers basic setup and peripherals, up to starting simple programming in Python, Scratch, and setting up a simple file server.

Overall, it's a great starting point for your journey with the Pi.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dam Fine Pi 11 Dec 2013
By Dekos
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I got this for my KIndle so that I could work on the Raspberry and follow instructions which are very clear and easy to read. LIke most books on the pie there is there are are start up instructions, programming in Python and Scratch; but the best parts are interfacing the pie with the Arduino, using inputs and outputs, attaching web cams, setting up a web server ect. If you have a black and white Kindle think about reading this book on your PC or get the hard copy as screen shots are not very clear on older Kindles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was excellent 19 May 2013
By Sophia
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gave me all the confidence and knowledge needed to get started. Very good book. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to start with RaspberryPi
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get you off to a good start 16 Feb 2013
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The content of the book for this target audience is probably about right, I am someone who likes to tinker with things to learn and then go off on my own track and this book arms you with enough knowledge to do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning code 27 Dec 2013
By jonj1
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My 11 year old son was so desperate for this. For oldies it's a bit like the old commodore vic 20. Great fun with coding and budding Bill Gateses will thoroughly enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting starter with Raspberry Pi 5 Sep 2013
By Hans
A good starter for the beginner as well as the pro.
If you only want one book, choose this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin!
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