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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118554213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118554210
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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Overall, the Raspberry Pi For Dummies book is an eclectic mix, just like anything Pi–related, of educational goodness which all but the most advanced of users will find something interesting within. Personally I′ve learned a handful of bits and bobs from it already, and am eager to let it guide me through some interesting things I might otherwise have passed up. (gadgetoid.com, April 2013)


If you ve been toying with the idea of finding out for yourself just what all the fuss surrounding the Raspberry Pi is about but are concerned that if you order one, you won t have a clue what to do with it when it arrives then this is absolutely the book you need. (Tech Secondary, June 2013)

If you have just purchased a Pi and are not sure where to begin, this book provides an excellent place to start. (BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT, June 2013)

This book has personality and it s easy to like the style. (Raspberry Pi Pod, March 2014)

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Learn to:

  • Connect the Raspberry Pi and install the OS
  • Get productive with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and images
  • Learn simple programming with Scratch and Python
  • Create electronics projects connected to the Raspberry Pi′s GPIO port

Join the Raspberry Revolution and start having fun with your Raspberry Pi today!

As small as a credit card and ultra–affordable, the Raspberry Pi packs plenty of power into a pocket–size computer. But getting the hang of the Raspberry Pi can be tricky. For Dummies is here to help. You′ll discover how to use your Raspberry Pi to work and play, edit photos, watch videos, and even craft your own programs! No programming experience? No problem. This friendly guide makes mastering this cool, compact computer as easy as pie.

  • Ready, set, go download the operating system software, hook everything up, and configure your Raspberry Pi
  • You′ll love Linux find your way around the Linux shell, make the most of its desktop environment, and use it to manage your new computer
  • Have a little fun play videos, listen to your favorite music, create documents, and even build a brilliant website
  • The Pi′s the limit create your own software with Scratch and Python programming
  • Conquer the world master Raspberry Pi electronics in no time from soldering your own circuits to creating games, musical instruments, and interfaces

Open the book and find:

  • How to download and install Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi OS
  • Help connecting a keyboard, mouse, and monitor
  • Tips on editing images and creating web pages
  • How to play music and videos on your Raspberry Pi
  • Advice on finding and installing free software
  • How to create your own arcade games and animations
  • Exciting electronics projects to try out your skills

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Dawson on 10 Oct. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Having had my Raspberry Pi since Christmas 2012 but never having opened the box it was probably time I worked out how to use it. So with the help of this book I unpacked the tiny computer and hooked everything up. I am a very technical person and I have an ancient background in computers from the 1990s but have not looked at lines of code, outside websites, for many many years since. So with that in mind I set about reading the book first.

It is the 'standard' dummies format with Tips, reminders and warnings to highlight those daft errors that can take ages to track down if you're not looking for the simple things like the difference between ( and {.

Never having wrestled with linux for more than a few characters the books easy style, although sometimes a bit too dummy for me, did explain plenty of the ways in which to program the Pi and seeing this I ditched the cautious 'read the book first' and whipped out the Pi and connected it up. In the time it took to read 3 chapter I was up and running :o)

Now I was quite happy to bounce around the chapters, not really worrying about photo editing I skipped straight to the the networked media section (Ch9). Again in the time it took to read a few pages I was watching movies from my home server.

Honestly I've skipped through the Scratch programming section as that is a whole other world I don't really want to dive into yet. But I've started looking at the later 'projects' chapters with profound interest and will be diving into those soon.

Overall a very well written book, that eases you through your Raspberry Pi life with confidence and allows you to explore the possibilities of this tiny computer.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By tonygo on 6 April 2013
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This is the third manual for the Raspberry Pi that I have bought and is by far the best. It is bigger, 412 pages, packed with all the details a novice needs to get started but goes on much farther than the others in providing detailed hardware and software projects to a high level. It is also very competitively priced.

The writing is very clear and easy to follow with plenty of details, tables, tips, illustrations and screen shots. It explains how to keep your RPi computer up to date, download and install a wide range of free software for tasks such as word-processing, spreadsheets, photo editing, building a website and playing video/audio. The sections on programming include introductions to Linux, Scratch, Python and Pygame. The associated website provides access to allow the downloading of the programs for many of the projects.

Where this book really scores with me is the last third, written by 'Grumpy' Mile Cook, well known in Arduino and RPi forums for his hardware projects stretching back to the early days of the BBC micro. Mike has lost none of his enthusiasm for building electronic add-ons for the computer to control. The projects are very well explained, with easy to follow instructions on obtaining parts and building the hardware. The necessary software to complete the project is fully explained in easy to understand instructions. He also explains how to add analogue to digital converters and how to use them. This section includes instructions on installing SMBus for I2C, which would have been very useful to me a couple of months ago.

The trouble shooting section and excellent index allows the user to quickly find answers to problems.

Of my three RPi manuals this is the easiest to use, covers the most topics and is the cheapest. If you need a Pi manual - get this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Woodman Stern on 24 Jan. 2014
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The "Dummies" formula may seem a bit tired and overly American these days, but these two Brits have produced probably the best introduction to the amazing Raspberry Pi to date.
Starting with the reasonable assumption that we have all come from a Windows or MacOS background and can find our way around the Internet and email, McManus and Cook lead us by the hand through the strange world of Linux (what, no C:/ drive?) and onwards to the sunny uplands of simple programming (keep breathing deeply), and even into the rarefied atmosphere of soldering things together to make Stuff that Works!
Don't be alarmed. These guys take the learning curve very gently, even suggesting bits you can miss out if its not of interest. Keeping to the original philosophy of the Pi, readers are encouraged to mess around with the software with only the most basic of cautions (careful how you use the rm [remove] command!) and their enthusiasm for this great little machine leaps off the page. There are sections on building a web page, playing music, making your own arcade games and even a section on using a soldering iron if you want to get really hands-on (and why not!)
The only downside to the book is a fairly limited section on Troubleshooting, but there is a huge amount of help and advice online (assuming you can get online . . . )
Books about the Pi are everywhere, some are good, some are very specialised and some are awful. This is the one to get if you are staring at that little green board thinking "OK, so what do I do with this?"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HugoRuss on 10 Jun. 2013
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I am still diving in and our of this all encompassing guide switching constantly between the application, coding and hardware sections.
There is a lot of information in this 'dummies' guide that is NOT for dummies yet is for people who want to get the most from their Raspberry Pi quickly. It is for beginners to those of us who know yet want to learn [even] more.

What it [could be/is] great for would be for discovering the full breadth of electronics (Soldering to Circuits), operating systems (Linux) and programming (Scratch and Python). Through all three being able to understand all the parts of modern electronics and programming.

The writing I found to be clear and easy to follow. Liked the level of detail with tips, illustrations and screen shots keeping up with my scanning.

The sections on programming included clear introductions to Linux, Scratch and Python.
The programs for many of the projects are available to download from the referenced website.

The portion written by Mile Cook (Arduino + RPi forums) provided me with renewed enthusiasm for building some electronic "add-ons" for the Pi to control stuff about the house. Still reading and trying out new projects and so far they have been well explained, with easy to follow instructions.
Good touch on finding/buying parts and building the hardware.

The trouble shooting section and excellent index allows the user to quickly find answers to problems.

Of my two RPi manuals and Google/Rpi forum this is my first port of call and the easiest to use.
As others have said "If you need a Pi manual - get this one".
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