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Dr Gray Girling studied computer science at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge and was involved in testing one of the very first BBC Micros for Acorn Computers in the early 1980s. He has since worked for Acorn and a host of other computer and technology companies, writing and designing his own embedded operating system and computer languages. As an engineer for Broadcom, he has been involved closely with the development of the Raspberry Pi, and is perfectly placed to provide a thorough and authoritative introduction to using and programming it.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian George on 2 May 2013
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After purchasing a Raspberry Pi, it is easy to waste money on peripherals that do not work properly and mediocre books. This can lead to countless hours of frustration and wasted effort.

This book is different and will get you on the path to success. In my view, it is the epitome of how a technical book should be written. It is clear, concise, relevant and serves as both a training course and a useful reference source.

It starts with guidance on the initial set-up procedure and progresses in logical steps to quite advanced applications including a web-server and a media centre. I am particularly impressed by the sections that explain step-by-step how to use the GPIO, connect to I2C / SPI devices and set up SSH / VNC for remote access. There are also introductory chapters on Python and Linux.

If you are struggling to get started with the Raspberry Pi and feel overwhelmed by all the advice on the Internet, I would recommend buying this book and "Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner" (also available from Amazon). These two books combined should provide all the guidance you need.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NR on 1 April 2013
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The Raspberry Pi is a bit of a frustrating beast. It can potentially do all kinds of amazing things but I had to learn a lot of unfamilar things just to turn it on. Some of those things didn't always go very smoothly. Eben Upton's own book was a good start but it felt like being coached by someone who had forgotten how tricky the first steps could be. This Haynes manual is great for getting the enthusiasm going again. It fills in the gaps and helps you along in a much more step-by-step manner. It still goes into depths that I haven't begun to explore so I'll be using it for a long time yet. I was slightly worried that they might stretch the Raspberry Pi / Pie humour to breaking point, but they don't - just a couple of headings like 'a nibble of your pi' that you don't need to worry about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Johnston on 23 Jun 2013
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As useful as my Haynes Manual for my old Mk II Escort, everything you really need.

It's not going to teach you everything about Linux, it's not going to teach you everything about the I/O functions and applications you can put a Raspberry Pi to use with but it does do an excellent job of showing you the key basics.
With NOOBS now available, the Raspberry Pi is more accessible than ever, this manual shows you what's going on 'under the bonnet' and 'recipes' that are great little self-contained projects.
As someone who has used Linux since v 0.9ish and read many a technical manual (and still reading technical manuals professionally now), this is one of the clearest ones I've had the pleasure to read, and it's something i will refer back to often.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dixy3 on 24 Mar 2013
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Great new manual to support the latest versions of Raspberry Pi version B. It as all the information and advice you need to get your Raspberry Pi card working and much more too. Well worth the wait and purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Pursehouse on 13 Sep 2013
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I got these for my 2 dons 14 and 11 who have rasp pi's. They initially wowed at the contents, oohed and aaghed at the projects, and then put it on a shelf where it has stayed for some reason.

When I read it I could see why - perhaps aimed at a slightly older audience than I intended. Maybe I'll read it and see if I can come up with some projects for them based on those but a tad more child friendly.

Very well laid out, good depth and a good start for an older teen or somebody looking at the Pi as a hobby, but may have limited appeal in the long run. Now if I were to rate teh raspberry pi itslef, that would be a whole other kettle of fish - 8 stars out of 5 for that little gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Ben TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2013
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The remarkable Haynes car and van workshop manuals supported home maintenance of most of the cars I've owned since the 1960s, as well as those of friends and relations.
Then they did a much-publicised manual for the Supermarine Spitfire of WW2 fame, and I had to have that, of course. Not that we own a Spitfire, but we might, one day?
Now it's the Raspberry Pi workshop manual, and we have a couple of these wonderful computers that fit in a box of kitchen matches and cost peanuts. Eben Upton is the remarkable chap who started it all...
So they have (of course) done a wonderful job. If you own (or consider owning) a Raspberry Pi and prefer to use a book rather than web info to guide you (or both, like me), then this is an excellent choice.
The manual covers all the basics, and adds quite a bit more - despite a year of Pi-cookery it was still very useful to me in a number of ways.
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Like the Spitfire manual, it's a good read, as well as being useful. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 23 April 2013
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Excellent book to get you started with RPi. The hardback is a little bit expensive, but well worth the money - super book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JH on 23 April 2013
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This book covers all the bases, plus a few I didn't know were there.
Problems and proceedures are broken down into simple stages and the book is well illustrated with screenshots. It is a good guide for those who like a practical approach to this amazing little device.
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