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Learning Python with Raspberry Pi Paperback – 26 Feb 2014
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“An excellent book for beginners to both the Raspberry Pi and the Python Language.” (Linux Voice, June 2014)
“…I’d fully recommend the book to anyone wanting to get into Python…This is great for beginners to the language and for those seeking to go deeper into some of the available libraries. Congratulations should go out to the authors on the creation of a great resource.” (Raspberry Pi Pod, June 2014)
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It is written in such a way that it introduces the most important concepts without getting bogged down in the details like some of its counterparts. I can imagine that some people who already know a bit about Python would find it frustrating because it does gloss over those details, but as a training professional I am really impressed that it keeps its eye on the prize and delivers the pertinent knowledge in exactly the right amounts, and at the right pace. The details are tackled as and when needed, so you will end up being a confident programmer, and RPi hacker.
I have been tinkering with Python for a year or two, and I learned new things within the first four chapters, so even people with a bit of experience, you will find it a useful refresher.
There are a few typos and errors, but the supporting website is excellent and it is so well written, I still rate it at 5 stars. The future is bright, our future hardware hackers and mad inventors have never had it so good.
The Raspberry Pi is first and foremost a learning tool, a cheap, accessible piece of hardware to break open the mysterious black box and enable people to peek into the internals and find out how computers actually work. Learning Python With Raspberry Pi takes this a step further, by introducing the reader to a simple, accessible programming language.
So many of these kinds of books sell themselves on the promise of making XYZ subject accessible, but it's very hard to do this; for an expert to take a step back from his or her field and present the intelligent layman with a feasible way into a subject is quite a leap of the imagination, but this is exactly what Everard and Bradbury have achieved here.
More experienced programmers should look elsewhere, but if you're a beginner, or a dabbler wishing to cement your knowledge, go for it.