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Don't judge this book by its cover
on 31 December 2013
The contents of this book do not live up to the promises made on the cover.
Why is it called a BIG book? It is 15cm x 23cm x 1.5cm and weighs 420g. Although a great deal is made of the fact that the book contains 47 chapters, one of them is less than 1 page long and several others less than 3 pages.
Chapter 15 is a word for word repeat of the last 2 pages of chapter 8.
The book also has a few typographical errors eg Abiword, Abi Word and instructions for using Nano on page ??( there are no page numbers in this book!) mention both Control X and Shift X to exit Nano.
Quote from the back page of the book "You will also learn system administration including the MySql database, Apache web server and Wordpress". These 3 topics are covered in just 6 pages.
The last paragraph in the Introduction would be a better description of this book. "This book is for anyone who wants to learn and understand the Raspberry Pi. It is great for students starting ICT or for someone starting a computer science course and is ideal for anyone getting into IT. This book also covers concepts of GNU/Linux and programming which makes it ideal for the first time user of Linux or the first time programmer"
There is, however, a comprehensive series of chapters covering writing a Python/PyGame game which are very useful for a beginner.
In summary, this book doesn't live up to its title.