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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing (19 Sept. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781062145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781062142
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, freelance technology journalist, writer, programmer, electronics designer and erstwhile sysadmin. A love of technology drives development of open source systems and documentation, as well as features and news for publications including Linux User & Developer, Custom PC, Micro Mart, IT Pro, Bit-Tech and Expert Reviews.

His website is at http://freelance.halfacree.co.uk.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I-dont-twitter on 22 Sept. 2014
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The title of this book I very misleading. It is very definitely not for kids! The language used is not at all child friendly and as another reviewer has observed, an example of a tax calculating spreadsheet is hardly relevant to a child. There is also a massive tendency to use commands without explaining what they mean. This will simply encourage kids to treat computers as mysterious boxes with very little understanding of what is happening inside them. Surely not he objective of the RPi project.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Bullock on 21 Nov. 2013
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Aimed at parents/grandparents - I am in the latter group - considering buying a Pi for their kids. It tells you what it is, what you need to get it going and what it does/doesn't do, with detailed procedures, written in an easy style which leads you gently into the inevitable code you will have to write to get it to a usable state. I have worked with computers since the 1980's, am familiar with UNIX, C, Java, PHP etc. and still needed the instructions in this book to get my Pi up and running.
If you are thinking about buying a Pi, read this book first, then work out what extras you will need for your particular situation, for example, the Pi is designed to connect to a TV, not a monitor. If you decide to get one, you can then use the examples in this book to set it up, then give the book to the kids and let them take over.
Two languages are covered in detail - Scratch and Python. Scratch is aimed at younger children and teaches the fundamentals of programming by dragging and dropping jigsaw pieces into position, whereas Python is a proper programming tool for creating apps and has quite a steep learning curve. Both these languages, especially Python, are covered in detail with examples. I came across a couple of annoying typos, but apart from this they can be typed in and work ok.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Simon Dean on 28 Oct. 2013
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This is a clearly written and comprehensive guide to the Raspberry Pi. It covers everything from plugging the Pi in and installing an operating system on SD card to using it to run iPlayer on your tv and writing complex games. It's hard to see why it's particularly "for kids", apart from the fact that kids are famously better at understanding technology than their parents are. This is the first book I've read on the Pi and gives me the confidence to order one and get programing. It puts me in mind of the good old days of the BBC micro (so clearly I'm no kid)!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Swain on 17 Feb. 2014
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I got this for my son. He struggled with the language. The first few chapters were OK, but didn't explain everything clearly. After that the chapters were disjointed - they were clearly taken directly from magazine articles for adults. I have since purchased "Adventures In Raspberry Pi" which is a lot clearer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ro on 27 April 2014
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This magazine is for adults to read rather than for a child to follow.

IF you want to work through things with your child (or your child to work themselves possible for a tween/teen) I would go for adventures in raspberry pi
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Nov. 2014
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This book needs to be revised.

The raspberrypi.org downloads have all changed since this was published and I had to do a lot of reading on their forum to find out how to get NOOBS to work.

I got the media player working, but not iPlayer. The downloads for that have all been depracated and no longer work!

It is definitely not a book for kids. Teenagers maybe...

I have been working in IT for 30 years and know some unix and I struggled at times!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rington22 on 10 Dec. 2013
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This magazine is great - not just for kids, any novice to RaspberryPi. I bought it at Sainsbury's for £7.99, used it to set my Pi up as a NAS, and I'm now listening to music that I'm streaming from the Pi to my wi-fi speakers. Going to buy another and use it as a video streaming device for watching films. My laptop will be free from both of these tasks. All instructions to do this are in this magazine. I know you can find the info online, but this is simple, and saves time searching for entry-level instructions.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pugwash on 27 Jan. 2014
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I bought this to give to an 11 year old to get him up and running with a Pi we gave him for Christmas. The overall idea is good, but it is full of little niggly errors and typos. These don't matter too much in the text as you can guess what should have been written, but there are also errors in some of the code, for example the code to run Minecraft doesn't work as written in this guide, there is a missing ./ before one of the command lines. This led to some extreme disappointment from the aforementioned 11 year old, and we had to Google to find the correct code, which rather makes this pointless. With a little more attention to detail this would have done the job, as it stands its really really frustrating.
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