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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (14 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111846446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118464465
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eben Upton is the co–creator of the Raspberry Pi board and the founder of the Raspberry foundation. Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist, open source advocate and erstwhile sysadmin.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Josh Johnson on 13 Sep 2012
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I highly recommend this book to anybody who owns (or plans to buy) a Raspberry Pi.

It is well written, informative and interesting. The introduction gives you a very interesting history of how the R-Pi came to be, the aims of the project and the current state of affairs. There are many helpful guides on using your Pi, right from the basics of installing Raspian through to manually overriding memory allocation and overclocking (with suitable warnings of course!)

There are guides on setting up the R-Pi for a variety of common uses, from a desktop environment to a media center and even as a web server.

The tips on getting started with Python programming are great and have some very interesting examples.

It even goes on to explain how some of the currently available add-on boards work and why you might want them.

This book is just too packed full of information for me to possibly comment on every part of it (look at the TOC!), so I'll wrap up by saying, BUY IT!
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By M Darbyshire on 7 Sep 2012
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Downloaded the book yesterday morning and having read large chunks of it I can only say it is well worth the money for it. While most of the information that I have read in the book I have seen in various other places either on the Raspberry Pi forums or through other Linux sites, this book explains everything in a much more simple style to help those who are starting out with Linux and want to get programming for the first time (like myself).

With regards to the programming, it gives you a good start in both Scratch and Python and while you may still need to do some trial and error and looking things up when you start your own programming, you have all the skills to program what you want. One of the other things that I am particularly pleased about with this book is that it gives you a basic start to using the GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi and ideas for where to go next with your electronics projects.

Overall I would say it is a brilliant book to help you out with your Pi should you be just starting out in the world of Linux and electronics and I would happily recommend it to anyone who is thinking of getting or owns a Raspberry Pi.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyR on 23 Sep 2012
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Having finally received my RPi I was looking for a `joined up' guide into flexing it to see if all the hype was true. I got started in Electronics and Programming with the original Sinclair ZX80 kit (yes I am that old) which was about all there was around at the time without taking out a second mortgage. From there I progressed through almost every evolution in home computing and ended up doing this stuff (Electronics) for a living. My first outings in the embedded world used machine code before the availability of decent compilers and I never had a reason to get into Linux before, which is one of the reasons I got the RPi and still be able to get at the hardware. I've since added Ubuntu to a few of my older PCs as well.

Unusually I pre-ordered the book, since I normally like to weigh up all the reviews and didn't really have high expectations considering its target market of beginners. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the clear information and coverage. I am still working my way through it in the odd hour or so I am able to get the RPi out of the box, but can definitely recommend the book based on what I've seen so far. I would have liked to have seen more about the hardware but then I must remember the target market. Just at the right level for those just starting out and also a good intro to the capabilities of the RPi and Linux for us older newbies.

In a previous role working for a manufacturer I often had cause to visit Universities and was saddened to see the lack of embedded courses being offered giving hands-on and understanding of hardware.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Addlesee on 13 Sep 2012
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Having recently bought a Raspberry Pi I downloaded the sample of this book onto my Kindle.
I was impressed. The introduction explaining how the RPi came about is interesting and I got a tantalising glimpse of what the RPi can do beyond my original reasons for purchase. I was hooked so bought the full Kindle copy of the book.
The book is aimed at the introductory level but goes into sufficient detail to get things done without referring to other more advanced texts. I've been involved with computers and electronics for decades, but there was stuff in the book that was new to me, mostly relating to new software developments, and the rest of the material was good revision.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David P. Stephenson on 20 Feb 2013
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The problem with this book is that it tries to do everything in a very limited number of pages, as a result there are several chapters that seem to stop far to early.

Several of the chapters on setting up the RPi are already out of date due to revisions in the board design and O/S supported, possibly a new version of the text would be appropriate now things have stabilised somewhat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Booth VINE VOICE on 21 Nov 2012
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Having been written by one of the designers of the Rasberry Pi you can expect the author to be reasonably knowledgable about his subject! The book is clear and well written and gives you a detailed guide to setting up (getting the s/ware on the SD card, connections to the outside world and peripherals, command line configuration etc etc) and basic over view of using and programming the Pi. This is a good book to read even before your Pi arrives as you will then have the knowledge to get it up and running quickly. It also gives a bit of history and info about how the Pi came around and what it is actually based on, along with some nice configuration info to help you get the best out of it depending on what your intended application is. The third edition of this book even covers the Model B version which is now available. You might need other books once you actually start using (programming) the Pi, but as a introduction/over view and setup guide it's great.

I'm sure a vast amount of the information contained in the book is out there on the web but to have it all in one place and written by the designer I would say makes this book invaluable.
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