on 26 August 2013
I don't think i've ever skipped through a book so fast, 84% before you get to the last chapter which is soley about the pi (and the last 10% is the index!!) Its not to say the preceding 84% is useless, its just got nothing to do with the pi. I have to say the book smacks of a generic home automation with linux book with a chapter about the pi tacked on.
If you're looking for a book that covers specifically with the Pi, look elsewhere.
on 20 March 2014
This book epitomises the current state of home automation: fragmented, incoherent with the odd nugget of real information.
With a title like this you might expect a detailed guide on how to employ Raspberry Pi's to automate your home using linux, but the PI section begins on p271 of 292 and part of that is a description of what a Pi is.
If the rest of the book was good I would have given it three stars. Sadly, it is dreadfully structured - starting with a long exposition on X10, which really seems to be just a cover for advertorial for Marmitek products. It would have been much better if the first three chapters had been moved to the end and it started with Chapter 4, which covers the physical practicalities and is a more logical point to begin from.
There are some glaring omissions - for instance 'security' does not feature in the index at all. If you are going to automate your home this will generate private data and you need to plan to secure that data.
There is a real need for a good guide to home automantion, but this is not it.