Raspberry Pi User Guide Paperback – 14 Sep 2012
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The fully updated guide to the revolutionary Raspberry Pi (R)
"Raspberry Pi User Guide, Third Edition" is a fully updated and comprehensive introduction to the Raspberry Pi and its wide array of hardware configurations, programming languages and educational applications. Written by Raspberry Pi co-creator Eben Upton and respected tech author Gareth Halfacree, this popular best seller is the perfect resource for new Pi users and curious hackers alike who want to explore the seemingly endless possibilities of this revolutionary computer. With nearly three million units already sold, there has never been a better time to get up and running with the Raspberry Pi. This completely updated third edition covers how to: Utilise the features of the new Model B+ board, the latest build of the Raspberry PiConnect the Raspberry Pi to other devices-keyboard, mouse, monitorInstall the necessary software and configure the Raspberry PiSet up the Raspberry Pi as a simple productivity machine and multimedia centreWrite basic programs in Scratch and PythonExtend the Pi's capabilities with add-on boards such as the Gertboard
"Raspberry Pi User Guide, Third Edition" covers the latest updates, models and innovative applications of the miniature marvel and has earned the distinction of the Unofficial Official Guide to the Raspberry Pi. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Eben Upton is the co–creator of the Raspberry Pi board and the founder of the Raspberry foundation.
Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist, open source advocate and erstwhile sysadmin.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is well written, informative and interesting. The introduction gives you a very interesting history of how the R-Pi came to be, the aims of the project and the current state of affairs. There are many helpful guides on using your Pi, right from the basics of installing Raspian through to manually overriding memory allocation and overclocking (with suitable warnings of course!)
There are guides on setting up the R-Pi for a variety of common uses, from a desktop environment to a media center and even as a web server.
The tips on getting started with Python programming are great and have some very interesting examples.
It even goes on to explain how some of the currently available add-on boards work and why you might want them.
This book is just too packed full of information for me to possibly comment on every part of it (look at the TOC!), so I'll wrap up by saying, BUY IT!
With regards to the programming, it gives you a good start in both Scratch and Python and while you may still need to do some trial and error and looking things up when you start your own programming, you have all the skills to program what you want. One of the other things that I am particularly pleased about with this book is that it gives you a basic start to using the GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi and ideas for where to go next with your electronics projects.
Overall I would say it is a brilliant book to help you out with your Pi should you be just starting out in the world of Linux and electronics and I would happily recommend it to anyone who is thinking of getting or owns a Raspberry Pi.
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.Read more ›
I'm sure a vast amount of the information contained in the book is out there on the web but to have it all in one place and written by the designer I would say makes this book invaluable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to learn more about the Raspberry Pi. Contains all the info needed to get up and running. Read morePublished 10 months ago by peter stonehouse