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Eben Upton , Gareth Halfacree
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14 Sep 2012
The essential guide to getting started with Raspberry Pi computing and programming.

Originally conceived of as a fun, easy way for kids (and curious adults) to learn computer programming, the Raspberry Pi quickly evolved into a remarkably robust, credit-card-size computer that can be used for everything from playing HD videos and hacking around with hardware to learning to program! Co-authored by one of the creators of the Raspberry Pi, this book fills you in on everything you need to know to get up and running on your Raspberry Pi, in no time, including how to:-

  • Connect to a keyboard, mouse, monitor and other peripherals
  • Install software
  • Master basic Linux System Admin
  • Configure your Raspberry Pi
  • Set-up your Raspberry Pi as a Productivity computer
  • Write programmes in Scratch and Python
  • Set up the Raspberry Pi to drive a multimedia centre

This is your complete guide to using and getting the most out of the world’s first, true compact computer.

Eben Upton is the co-creator of the Raspberry Pi board and the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist, open source advocate and erstwhile system administrator.

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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (14 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111846446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118464465
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,321 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide for all Raspberry Pi Owners 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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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Pi User Guide 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised 23 Sep 2012
By Johnny
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Broad knowledge even for the old hand 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the Pi 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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4.0 out of 5 stars useful starter guide
very useful starter guide bought it to go with the PI for my son and he is able to follow it easily
Published 1 month ago by Zarney
5.0 out of 5 stars The FIRST book for the Raspberry Pi
There are many books out there on the Raspberry Pi - some clearly written in a hurry, or simply duplicating information.
If you buy just one book, make it this one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by F. Lemont
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Device!!!
This kit contains everything you need to kick you off. Very nice idea anyway but having the bits all in one place is definitely a good idea.
Published 2 months ago by Gary Buckle
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction
Having read this book I feel I am almost an expert but it loses a star because it is badly laid out as an ebook..
Published 2 months ago by Afficionado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little read
My husband - a retired computer teacher, has really enjoyed reading this little treasure and is enjoying a renaissence in computing. Great for kids of all ages!
Published 3 months ago by Joyce Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to explaining all about the PI
A great introduction to getting started with the features of the Raspberry PI. It really explains in easy to understand language how to use this amazing computer.
Published 3 months ago by ProfessorOJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift
As this was purchased as a gift I am unable to comment on the quality of the product but the service from the seller was excellent & it arrived well within the timescale stated on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars it's a bit thin
this book isn't really as inspiring as it should be.... it does provide a certain amount of basic information about getting the pi up and running, but it doesn't take it very far,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Donald
4.0 out of 5 stars A users re-pi
This is the first book I got on the Rasberry Pi and there have been many more written since then. The second edition is now out which I assume clears up any printing errors and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dekos
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work!!
The book description says .."a fun easy way for kids to learn..." and I hardly agree with that! Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR E A STEER
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