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Master your Raspberry Pi in a flash with this easy-to-follow guide

Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive guide to this exciting technology, fully updated to align with the Rev 3 board. Veteran technology authors provide expert insight and guidance that get you up and running fast, allowing you to explore the full capabilities of your Raspberry Pi. The clear, concise style makes this guide easy to follow for complete beginners, providing step-by-step ...

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Overview

Master your Raspberry Pi in a flash with this easy-to-follow guide

Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive guide to this exciting technology, fully updated to align with the Rev 3 board. Veteran technology authors provide expert insight and guidance that get you up and running fast, allowing you to explore the full capabilities of your Raspberry Pi. The clear, concise style makes this guide easy to follow for complete beginners, providing step-by-step instruction throughout the setup process and into systems administration and programming. Updated information includes coverage of Noobs, PiStore and making music with SonicPi, in addition to basic Raspberry Pi operations and features.

Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition teaches you everything you need to know to get the most out of your device. Even if you've never ventured beyond e-mail and web browsers, this guide will give you the skills and confidence you need to take advantage of everything the Raspberry Pi has to offer.

  • Find out how to install the operating system and connect to other devices
  • Install, use and remove software like a pro
  • Learn basic Linux systems administration
  • Program with Scratch, Python and Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi has awakened a whole new generation of hardware geeks, hackers and hobbyists, and now it's your turn to join their ranks. Learning how to fully use your new technology is the first step, and Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the ideal companion guide.

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“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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118554210
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi 7

Chapter 1: Introducing the Raspberry Pi 9

Chapter 2: Downloading the Operating System 19

Chapter 3: Connecting Your Raspberry Pi 31

Part II: Getting Started with Linux 43

Chapter 4: Using the Desktop Environment 45

Chapter 5: Using the Linux Shell 71

Part III: Using the Raspberry Pi for Both Work and Play 107

Chapter 6: Being Productive with the Raspberry Pi 109

Chapter 7: Editing Photos on the Raspberry Pi with GIMP 121

Chapter 8: Building Your First Website with the Raspberry Pi 131

Chapter 9: Playing Audio and Video on the Raspberry Pi 159

Part IV: Programming the Raspberry Pi 171

Chapter 10: Introducing Programming with Scratch 173

Chapter 11: Programming an Arcade Game Using Scratch 189

Chapter 12: Writing Programs in Python 211

Chapter 13: Creating a Game with Python and Pygame 241

Part V: Exploring Electronics with the Raspberry Pi 259

Chapter 14: Understanding Circuits and Soldering 261

Chapter 15: Making Your First Project with the Raspberry Pi 281

Chapter 16: Putting the Raspberry Pi in Control 313

Chapter 17: The Raspberry Pi in an Analog World 337

Part VI: The Part of Tens 359

Chapter 18: Ten Great Software Packages for the Raspberry Pi 361

Chapter 19: Ten Inspiring Projects for the Raspberry Pi 371

Appendix A: Troubleshooting and Configuring the Raspberry Pi 377

Appendix B: The GPIO on the Raspberry Pi 391

Index 393

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  • Posted December 11, 2014

    Are you a teacher or student who is using Raspberry Pi for educa

    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.

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