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I've not yet read the whole book, but flicking through it you can see good clear diagrams of all the circuits and the step by step instructions. The author prefers Fedora and uses that throughout - would have preferred Raspbian to keep in with the whole Pi 'official' set-up, but he does take you through setting up Fedora.
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While in my daily life I sit firmly in the software camp, I enjoy using embedded devices to do "something" about the world outside the device. First time I read this book was in a very known online bookstore. I liked it so much that I eventually decided to purchase a hardcopy so that I don't have to read it online when in my "lab".

While Fedora may not be everyone's cup of tea (although I personally have no problems with it), chapter 2 ("Installing Fedora") is despite its title full of useful advices (firmware updates, minimisation of the number of SD-card read/write cycles, I/O tuning etc.) that can easily be implemented on any Linux distribution. Chapter 6 ("Cross Compile Environment") on a similar note covers another useful topic: installing tools that don't come out of the box with one's chosen Linux distribution.

Where this book really excels is in its hardware projects (a simple temperature sensor, LCD display, real time clock, serial server, etc.). Most projects described in it are presented in such way that I almost always at the end of reading a chapter ended up saying to myself "yes, I could really try this one". One thing all these projects share in common is they're very simple: they can be done literally with a handful of additional components on a breadboard.

Unlike some similar books, the author has paid a lot of attention to not only the hardware side of these projects but also to their utilisation in software. For instance, while the "Simple Temperature Sensor" introduces the concept of a 1-wire communication, the "Driving a Simple Character LCD" goes a little bit deeper with the introduction of I2C communication, logic shifters and implementation in software. The "Adding an RTC" chapter again adds a little bit more to what has already been covered (using Linux modules to communicate with the attached device).
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By adyuk on 25 Oct. 2013
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Deciding on a new hobby alongside arduino, I opted for pi as marketed as simple to use, this book shows just how complex it really is although it does have very good pictures and in depth discussions of projects, they are ver in depth and need a lot of study, probably too much for a total novice who may want to unpack the pi and make something straight away
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this book is brilliant! Full of ideas for projects and code to turn the raspberry pi into a powerful tool.
Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well... bad 23 Jun. 2013
By vidad - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with a previous reviewer: author's writing style is irritating, it doesn't sound profesionnal and doesn't give confidence on the subject matter expertise.

There is a full chapter on installing Fedora on the Pi, whereas most of the resources on the internet are with Raspbian OS. The author says he prefers Fedora because at work he uses RHEL: In other words because he likes it better, it's better for you.

Code samples in the book are in shell scripts, or sometimes in Ruby.

Also I'm not impressed by the projects being presented. I'm happy I borrowed this book from the library and didn't buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for beginners, maybe 25 May 2013
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping that the word "Practical" in the title indicated that this was comparable to Apress' Practical Arduino, a set of intermediate projects.

Instead, Practical Raspberry Pi contains only the simplest of projects, each of which uses just 1 or 2 sensors or devices.

None of these projects are interesting or innovative from a hardware standpoint, covering the same ground as numerous web sites. Beginners might find them useful, but unfortunately beginners will likely be confused by the software side of these projects, since most use shell scripts rather than something more easily understood, like Python code.

I also found the author's writing style to be irritating: a folksy, conversational approach that seems like an enthusiastic youngster rather than a professional writer.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the Pi and to hardware DIY 28 April 2013
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I found this book to be a very good introduction to not only the Raspberry Pi as a computer, but also for getting started on building your own hardware to connect to it. The author goes through all the parts of the Pi, which chips are used, what they are used for and how they are interconnected, then goes on to describe which auxiliary interfaces are available for you to connect in on and what the different advantages are for each. The book then goes on to describe a couple of different DIY projects (temperature/humidity sensor, serial console and a few more) you can try out by buying the individual hardware components and connecting them together. If you are used to these kinds of electronic construction projects, the book may seem a bit tame, for me with little previous experience I found it a good introduction.

In addition to the chapters on hardware, there is also plenty of discussions about what kind of software you can install on the Pi and how you can cross-compile software to run on it. If you are not familiar with Linux-based systems, this may be a bit overwhelming, but the author tries to break it down step-by-step and gives lots of examples.

Overall, if you are interested in getting started with embedded programming and hardware projects (like me), and you think Arduino (and other microcontrollers) may be too much of a leap to start with (like me), the Pi should prove to be a good middle-ground and this book should get you started. Coming from a software background, I found it very easy to follow this book even on the hardware parts.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for new studying Raspberry Pi to interface to other devices. 2 Jun. 2013
By Tee - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this book, it's easy to practice to known how to interface to another devices with Raspberry PI. This includes both hardware and software interface. It should be more another books for other OS with more interfacing example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Nov. 2014
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good source for all users
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