Make: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi: Electronic Projects with the Low-Cost Pocket-Sized Computer Paperback – 6 Nov 2014
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Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist and video producer. He's a contributor to MAKE magazine and Makezine.com. Matt is also the owner of Awesome Button Studios, a technology consultancy. Highlights from his work include the Descriptive Camera, a camera which outputs a text description of a scene instead of a photo. He also created The Enough Already, a DIY celebrity-silencing device. Matt's work has garnered attention from The New York Times, Wired, New York Magazine and has also been featured at The Nevada Museum of Art and at the Santorini Bienniele. He is currently a Master's candidate at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Shawn Wallace is an editor at O'Reilly and lives in Providence, RI. He is also a member of the Fluxama artist collective responsible for new iOS musical instruments such as Noisemusick and Doctor Om. He designed open hardware kits at Modern Device and taught the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. For years he was the managing director of the AS220 art space and is a cofounder of the SMT Computing Society.
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I've been using Linux as an end user (3d artist) at my job for about 10 years, and I learned more about the OS and shell scripting in 1 week than I did using Linux that whole time. I also have tried my hand at Python using other books and gave up after a month or so (It just wasn't "clicking" with me. They were too technical) but this book was hard to put down! I'm now moving onto more advanced topics in python (python and tcsh scripting for productivity), and Linux (installing my own custom distros to match our environment at work).
Tip: Do the tutorials at least twice. Try to recreate them from memory. This really helps the concepts stick. The book *almost* wants you to rush through the tutorials, so brush up on your googling skills, and visit StackOverflow constantly. Research any term you dont understand. And something not covered in the book; Python has "Overloaded Operators". Research that, if you see some confusing code, and want to know why making a simple logical change involves more code than you'd expect.
Stuff you'll need to make the tutorials flow better... Just search Amazon for the terms below ( "*" Stared are needed for the tutorials)
*A Raspberry Pi Starter kit with a bread board
*An Arduino Uno
A logic level converter (3.3V to 5V)
*Male to female jumper wires (about 10)
*Male to male jumper wires (about 10)
*"A Powerswitch Tail" AC Relay (recommended) --- I used "SunFounder 2 Channel 5V Relay Shield Module for Arduino UNO" as a substitute for what the tutorial asked for
*An 8 Channel 10 BIt Analog ADC for Raspberry Pi
*A bread board friendly Potentiometer
*Some Push Buttons
*Various Resistors (1/8 to 1/4 Watt)
Most importantly: don't get overwhelmed by the possibilities you start to imagine as you progress through this book. They are endless!! Mind Blown!
Hope it Helps.
I would have liked more about each subject but, then the book would have been a lot longer making it more intimidating expensive.
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