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Raspberry Pi Manual: A practical guide to the revolutionary small computer (Owners Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners Workshop Manuals (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 7 Mar 2013

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Dr Gray Girling studied computer science at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge and was involved in testing one of the very first BBC Micros for Acorn Computers in the early 1980s. He has since worked for Acorn and a host of other computer and technology companies, writing and designing his own embedded operating system and computer languages. As an engineer for Broadcom, he has been involved closely with the development of the Raspberry Pi, and is perfectly placed to provide a thorough and authoritative introduction to using and programming it.


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The twitter project doesn't work (instructions are completely out of date compared to how twitter works.
Pi-Life moved on pretty quickly and left the book for dead.
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After purchasing a Raspberry Pi, it is easy to waste money on peripherals that do not work properly and mediocre books. This can lead to countless hours of frustration and wasted effort.

This book is different and will get you on the path to success. In my view, it is the epitome of how a technical book should be written. It is clear, concise, relevant and serves as both a training course and a useful reference source.

It starts with guidance on the initial set-up procedure and progresses in logical steps to quite advanced applications including a web-server and a media centre. I am particularly impressed by the sections that explain step-by-step how to use the GPIO, connect to I2C / SPI devices and set up SSH / VNC for remote access. There are also introductory chapters on Python and Linux.

If you are struggling to get started with the Raspberry Pi and feel overwhelmed by all the advice on the Internet, I would recommend buying this book and "Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner" (also available from Amazon). These two books combined should provide all the guidance you need.
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As useful as my Haynes Manual for my old Mk II Escort, everything you really need.

It's not going to teach you everything about Linux, it's not going to teach you everything about the I/O functions and applications you can put a Raspberry Pi to use with but it does do an excellent job of showing you the key basics.
With NOOBS now available, the Raspberry Pi is more accessible than ever, this manual shows you what's going on 'under the bonnet' and 'recipes' that are great little self-contained projects.
As someone who has used Linux since v 0.9ish and read many a technical manual (and still reading technical manuals professionally now), this is one of the clearest ones I've had the pleasure to read, and it's something i will refer back to often.
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The remarkable Haynes car and van workshop manuals supported home maintenance of most of the cars I've owned since the 1960s, as well as those of friends and relations.
Then they did a much-publicised manual for the Supermarine Spitfire of WW2 fame, and I had to have that, of course. Not that we own a Spitfire, but we might, one day?
Now it's the Raspberry Pi workshop manual, and we have a couple of these wonderful computers that fit in a box of kitchen matches and cost peanuts. Eben Upton is the remarkable chap who started it all...
So they have (of course) done a wonderful job. If you own (or consider owning) a Raspberry Pi and prefer to use a book rather than web info to guide you (or both, like me), then this is an excellent choice.
The manual covers all the basics, and adds quite a bit more - despite a year of Pi-cookery it was still very useful to me in a number of ways.
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Like the Spitfire manual, it's a good read, as well as being useful. Recommended!
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Two main gripes: first it seems to be aimed directly at the Version A board now well out of date and secondly the traditional approach of Haynes manuals has been to deliberately work you through the techniques required with clear pictures. I appreciate that the GPIO of a computer is not like a gearbox on a Ducati 900 but, for example clearly outlining valid configurations of pin connections would be very useful as would a section outlining the known traps with wiring things up at random!!
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Excellent book to get you started with RPi. The hardback is a little bit expensive, but well worth the money - super book.
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This book covers all the bases, plus a few I didn't know were there.
Problems and proceedures are broken down into simple stages and the book is well illustrated with screenshots. It is a good guide for those who like a practical approach to this amazing little device.
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I found this guide to the Raspberry Pi very helpful it was well laid out with a picture guide to help not make common mistakes especially learning a computer language which can be daunting, at the best of times. I would heartily recommend this book.
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