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Raspberry Pi User Guide Paperback – 22 Nov 2013
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“…a well–thought out, well–written and well–researched book.” (Raspberry Pod, March 2014) “There’s a confidence to the writing that you can feel as a reader. This feels like a definitive work.” (Linux Voice, April 2014)
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The essential guide to getting started with the Raspberry Pi ® The Raspberry Pi has been a success beyond the dream of its creators. Their goal, to encourage a new generation of computer programmers who understand how computers work, is well under way. Raspberry Pi User Guide 2e is the newest edition of the runaway bestseller written by the Pi’s co–creator, Eben Upton, and tech writer Gareth Halfacree. It contains everything you need to know to get the Pi up and running, including how to: Connect a keyboard, mouse, monitor and other peripherals Install software and configure your Raspberry Pi Master basic Linux system administration Set up your Raspberry Pi as a productivity machine, multimedia centre, or web server Write programmes in Scratch and Python Use the GPIO port and add–on boards to connect your Raspberry Pi for use in electronics projects Updated to cover the release of the Camera Board, the introduction of the Pi Store, NOOBS and much more, Raspberry Pi User Guide 2 nd edition is the perfect companion for getting the most out of the computing phenomenon, the Raspberry Pi. Eben Upton is the co–creator of the Raspberry Pi board and the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist, open source advocate and erstwhile sysadmin.
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Grab it now, a bargain at the price and a must have read for any enthusiast; at whatever level.,
Now at last opensource programming languages, development environments, educational programs that teach programming skills for fun. But most of all no secrets. Every aspect of how a computer works is now open for children of any age to begin building projects that really do things.
Want to take a photograph of whoever walks into your room? Want your own mobile phone? How about making a 3d printer? All this and lots more according to your own imagination.
You will learn nothing from this book, it is both too general (with lots of very large photos) and annoyingly specific, plenty of Raspian (Linux) code lines, but without adequate background for the average computer user. Paragraphs start with "The host variable should be set to the fully qualified domain name of the IRQ server . . ." I turned back to see if I'd missed a page, I hadn't. There are also some glaring omissions, printing is mentioned only in passing, even though it has been around for several hundred years and is quite popular. Clearly people of Uptons intellect can commit those endless pages of Linux instructions and their tedious variables to memory, shame about the rest of us.....
It is worth mentioning that also from the same publisher is the excellent "Raspberry Pi for Dummies". OK, so I may be a Dummy, but I can now program the Pi a little bit thanks to that book, whereas the User Guide left me confused and dismayed.
Stick to designing the hardware Mr Upton, writing is also a skill and it may not be your greatest strength.
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