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Raspberry Pi For Dummies
     

Raspberry Pi For Dummies

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by Sean McManus, Mike Cook
 

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Learn to:

  • Connect the Raspberry Pi and install the OS
  • Get productive with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and images
  • Learn simple programming with Scratch and Python
  • Create electronics projects connected to the Raspberry Pi's GPIO port

Join the Raspberry Revolution and start having fun with your

Overview

Learn to:

  • Connect the Raspberry Pi and install the OS
  • Get productive with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and images
  • Learn simple programming with Scratch and Python
  • Create electronics projects connected to the Raspberry Pi's GPIO port

Join the Raspberry Revolution and start having fun with your Raspberry Pi — today!

As small as a credit card and ultra-affordable, the Raspberry Pi packs plenty of power into a pocket-size computer. But getting the hang of the Raspberry Pi can be tricky. For Dummies is here to help. You'll discover how to use your Raspberry Pi to work and play, edit photos, watch videos, and even craft your own programs! No programming experience? No problem. This friendly guide makes mastering this cool, compact computer as easy as pie.

  • Ready, set, go — download the operating system software, hook everything up, and configure your Raspberry Pi
  • You'll love Linux — find your way around the Linux shell, make the most of its desktop environment, and use it to manage your new computer
  • Have a little fun — play videos, listen to your favorite music, create documents, and even build a brilliant website
  • The Pi's the limit — create your own software with Scratch and Python programming
  • Conquer the world — master Raspberry Pi electronics in no time — from soldering your own circuits to creating games, musical instruments, and interfaces

Open the book and find:

  • How to download and install Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi OS
  • Help connecting a keyboard, mouse, and monitor
  • Tips on editing images and creating web pages
  • How to play music and videos on your Raspberry Pi
  • Advice on finding and installing free software
  • How to create your own arcade games and animations
  • Exciting electronics projects to try out your skills

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Perfect for beginners to computer science, this book shows you how to make the most of your Raspberry Pi” (Times Educational Supplement, January 2015)

“This is the second edition of a title that has proven very popular…the varied and eclectic nature of the Pi makes it a good fit for the ‘Dummies’ Brand”
(Linux Voice, February 2015)

“…this Dummies title is an excellent introduction for the complete beginner to the hardware and Linux itself" (Linux Voice, April 2015)

“..for the uninitiated, Raspberry Pi For Dummies does an outstanding job of accompanying their first steps into the world of computers..” (Professional Engineering, September 2015)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118554210
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Sean McManus is an expert technology author. He is also a Code Club volunteer, helping children at a local school to learn computer programming. Mike Cook is a lifelong electronics buff, a former lecturer in physics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and author of more than 300 articles.

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Raspberry Pi For Dummies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FRINGEINDEPENEDENTREVIEW More than 1 year ago
Are you a teacher or student who is using Raspberry Pi for education and entertainment? If you are, this book is for you. Authors Sean McManus and Mike Cook, have done an outstanding job of writing a 2nd edition of a book that helps you get started with your Raspberry Pi. Authors McManus and Cook, begin by listing everything you might need to use your Raspberry Pi, including the various cables. Next, the authors introduce you to Linux, the operating system most frequently used on the Raspberry Pi; and, also show you how to create an SD or MicroSD card with an operating system on it. In addition, they show you the ports and sockets you will need to use to connect up to your Model B Raspberry Pi. The authors also talk you through using the desktop environment and introduce you to some of its programs. Then, they continue by showing you how to use the shell to manage your Raspberry Pi. The authors then show you how to use four of the programs in LibreOffice for common household activities. Next, they introduce you to GIMP: Which is one of the most popular image editing packages, and give you some tips for editing your photos with it. In addition, the authors show you how you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a media center, capable of playing high definition video files and music. They also introduce you to Scratch; so, you can start to experiment with it. Then, the authors show you how to use Scratch to make a simple arcade game. Next, they introduce you to Python, a powerful programming language that’s widely used commercially. The authors continue by showing you how to build on your Python skills to create a simple arcade game called PiBuster. They then show you how to install Minecraft. Next, the authors show you how to play notes and melodies using Sonic Pi. In addition, they show you the relevant concepts that allow you to understand why the projects look like they do and what you should avoid doing. They also show you how to bring a project to life by through software and hardware, and how they are intimately connected. The authors continue by showing you how to make GPIO lines turn things on and off; and, how to exercise control by using the power of your computer and its program. They then show you how to use the GPIO to talk to other integrated circuits. Next, the authors give you some pointers to ten software packages to get you started. Finally, the authors take a peek at some of the most interesting and inspiring projects that they have come across and collected. This excellent book explores a number of things that you can do with your Raspberry Pi. Also, this great book provides a concise and clear introduction to the terminology, technology, and techniques that you need to get the most from your Raspberry Pi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its wonky