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This review is from: Raspberry Pi User Guide (Kindle Edition)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. I believe that the likes of the Sinclair and BBC micro got many people started in the Industry but now the vast majority of students going into University are just Application users, which I can only conclude is down to the education system and this I believe is why the RPi was created in order to get the next generation of engineers interested and skilled in programming and subsequently hardware and not just users of sofware packages. I am sure this book will play its own small part in helping that process.
I see the price has increased since I purchased it but even so I still believe its good value.