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No Guide for Users
on 24 January 2014
Oh dear, yet another Raspberry Pi book written by an expert (in this case THE expert) which tells us more about how much they know, rather than what we all want to know. A User Guide it isn't, if you want to learn how to use the Pi then look elsewhere, a more accurate title would have been "My favourite Raspberry Pi passions". So, having spent twenty pages on the history of the Pi (who cares?) Upton sails through many key issues at a breezy pace (er, what's a mount point for?) before getting on to networking (technically accurate, but lacking explanation), some fairly general stuff about home and office use, and finally his hobbyhorse - programming with Scratch and Python.
You will learn nothing from this book, it is both too general (with lots of very large photos) and annoyingly specific, plenty of Raspian (Linux) code lines, but without adequate background for the average computer user. Paragraphs start with "The host variable should be set to the fully qualified domain name of the IRQ server . . ." I turned back to see if I'd missed a page, I hadn't. There are also some glaring omissions, printing is mentioned only in passing, even though it has been around for several hundred years and is quite popular. Clearly people of Uptons intellect can commit those endless pages of Linux instructions and their tedious variables to memory, shame about the rest of us.....
It is worth mentioning that also from the same publisher is the excellent "Raspberry Pi for Dummies". OK, so I may be a Dummy, but I can now program the Pi a little bit thanks to that book, whereas the User Guide left me confused and dismayed.
Stick to designing the hardware Mr Upton, writing is also a skill and it may not be your greatest strength.