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The essential guide to getting started with Raspberry Pi computing and programming. This is your complete guide to using and getting the most out of the world’s first, true compact computer. It is suitable for complete beginners, and it covers similar ground:

  • 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

This book has more about how to use and configure the Pi through its terminal window, and as such is a better grounding for those who want to get at the nuts and bolts of the machine. For example: it tells you how to make the Pi adopt a certain screen resolution if your screen is not auto-recognised, how to re-partition the ram, and it has more about the signals and interfaces available to external hardware. The Dummies book has more on writing games, and a step-by-step example of hand making gamer-friendly external interface hardware for another game. Adults, kids, and devoted hardware hackers, now that you've got a Raspberry Pi, get the very most out of it with Raspberry Pi User Guide. Raspberry Pi User Guide is the perfect companion for getting the most out of the computing phenomenon, the Raspberry Pi.

Product Details

  • Author(s) Eben Upton, Gareth Halfacree
  • Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118795482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118795484
  • Subject Computing: Professional & Programming
  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Weight 589 g
  • Width 190 mm
  • Height 236 mm
  • Spine 18 mm

Book Description

Make the most out of the world's first truly compact computer It's the size of a credit card, it can be charged like a smartphone, it runs on open-source Linux, and it holds the promise of bringing programming and playing to millions at low cost. And now you can learn how to use this amazing computer from its co-creator, Eben Upton, in Raspberry Pi User Guide . Cowritten with Gareth Halfacree, this guide gets you up and running on Raspberry Pi, whether you're an educator, hacker, hobbyist, or kid. Learn how to connect your Pi to other hardware, install software, write basic programs, and set it up to run robots, multimedia centers, and more. Gets you up and running on Raspberry Pi, a high-tech computer the size of a credit card Helps educators teach students how to program Covers connecting Raspberry Pi to other hardware, such as monitors and keyboards, how to install software, and how to configure Raspberry Pi Shows you how to set up Raspberry Pi as a simple productivity computer, write basic programs in Python, connect to servos and sensors, and drive a robot or multimedia center Adults, kids, and devoted hardware hackers, now that you've got a Raspberry Pi, get the very most out of it with Raspberry Pi User Guide .

Chapter Outline

  • Part 1
    • Meet the Raspberry Pi - An introduction to the Raspberry Pi and an overview of connecting various low level peripherals.
    • Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi
    • Linux System Administration - A basic guide to Linux as an Operating System, and it's integration with the Raspberry Pi.
    • Troubleshooting - Learn how to diagnose and overcome the majority of Raspberry Pi mishaps!
    • Network Configuration - Learn how to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet via both wired and wireless connections.
    • The Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool
    • Advanced Raspberry Pi Configuration
  • Part 2
    • The Pi as a Home Theatre PC - A guide to setting your Raspberry Pi up to play music and movies!
    • The Pi as a Productivity Machine - How to use cloud apps, open office and image editing software with the Raspberry Pi
    • The Pi as a Web Server - How to set up your Raspberry Pi as a webserver using LAMP and WordPress as examples.
  • Part 3
    • An Introduction to Scratch - A basic guide to programming using Scratch. User friendly and with a colourful interface, Scratch is the perfect starting place for those looking to start programming.
    • An Introduction to Python - A basic guide to programming using Python. A more 'hands-on' programming software, the next step from Scratch.
  • Part 4
    • Learning to Hack Hardware - How to get your Raspberry Pi interacting with outside elements such as LED's and sensors using the GPIO ports.
    • The GPIO Port
    • The Raspberry Pi Camera Module
    • Add-on Boards - A look at a few simple, medium level and advanced prototyping boards
  • Part 5
    • Python Recipes
    • Camera Module Quick Reference
    • HDMI Display Modes

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