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Programming the Raspberry Pi: Getting Started with Python [Paperback]

Simon Monk
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1 Jan 2013

Program your own Raspberry Pi projects

Create innovative programs and fun games on your tiny yet powerful Raspberry Pi. In this book, electronics guru Simon Monk explains the basics of Raspberry Pi application development, while providing hands-on examples and ready-to-use scripts. See how to set up hardware and software, write and debug applications, create user-friendly interfaces, and control external electronics. Do-it-yourself projects include a hangman game, an LED clock, and a software-controlled roving robot.

  • Boot up and configure your Raspberry Pi
  • Navigate files, folders, and menus
  • Create Python programs using the IDLE editor
  • Work with strings, lists, and functions
  • Use and write your own libraries, modules, and classes
  • Add Web features to your programs
  • Develop interactive games with Pygame
  • Interface with devices through the GPIO port
  • Build a Raspberry Pi Robot and LED Clock
  • Build professional-quality GUIs using Tkinter


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More About the Author

For electronic kits to accompany my books, see: http://www.monkmakes.com

You can also find an electronics starter kit for the Raspberry Pi here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monk-Makes-Ltd-Raspberry-Starter/dp/B00IT6AYJO

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About the Author

Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. He spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding the mobile software company Momote Ltd. Dr. Monk has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is a full-time writer on hobby electronics and open source hardware. He is the author of numerous electronics books, including 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius and Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius, as well as co-author of Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Started with Python 7 Jan 2013
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Excellent book, I'm using it to teach my son programming on the Raspberry PI. Its a great intro to python programming on any platform, nut is bent towards the PI's unique features such as programming the GPIO. thoroughly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but 13 Mar 2013
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The general programming elements are interesting and useful. But the first 20% of the book (as measured by the Kindle) are concerned with describing and setting up the Pi, which I thought wasteful in a short book and unnecessary given the ready availability of this on the Net.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover the varies software languages 10 May 2013
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A good read for anyone planning a project using raspberry pi, as it builds up layers of python software from a basic starters to more advance
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldilocks book 23 April 2013
By Peter
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This book is just about pitched right for those wanting to venture out from the basics. Nice and straight forward explanations and with lots of diagrams and pictures and copious amounts of code.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to read 15 Dec 2012
By samuel
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This book is brilliant. If you are a relative novice to programming like me, it takes you right from the basic "hello world" app, right up to reasonably complex programs which involve the use of the Pi's GPIO ports. And if you are already a master programmer it still has alot to give, with information involving the specifics of the Pi and what extra software needs installing (All with links etc) so that you can create a masterpiece in next to no time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars here we go again... 17 Aug 2013
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I first got intersted in computers a few years ago, well 1980 actually. I bought a Sinclair ZX80 and 81 and I was hooked. This new product looks very interesting and at 66 years old quite a challenge.....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Python and PI 8 Jan 2013
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This book is well written and covers the main structures of python programming. The Raspberry Pi is for mostly a fun tool for dabbling with games making or constructing some hardware project. This book certainly helps towards learning basic Linux and Unix commands and in a short time gain confidence to start achieving some great projects and customised personalised environment. The kindle version is fab and handy for researching Web links on the fly.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars for the absolute beginner 31 Jan 2013
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This book is for the absolute beginner, I bought it hoping it would give me good insight into using the Raspberry Pi to create some cool hardware/software applications, although it does that to a certain extent the book skims over it with the very light touch.
So you should consider buying this book if you do not know what a Raspberry Pi is and never set one up, have never programmed, and especially not with Python, as more than 50% of the book is devoted to setting up the Pi and basic python programming, for which you will find better resources on the internet for free. There is not enough for specifically programming with the Pi hardware, which after all was what I was after.
One good thing is he does mention many of the extension boards and how they can be used. Other than that it is not worth the money.
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