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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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Embrace the exciting new technology of Raspberry Pi!

With the invention of the unique credit-card sized single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, comes a new wave of hardware geeks, hackers, and hobbyists who are excited about the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi, and this is the perfect guide to get you started in this exhilarating new arena. With

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Embrace the exciting new technology of Raspberry Pi!

With the invention of the unique credit-card sized single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, comes a new wave of hardware geeks, hackers, and hobbyists who are excited about the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi, and this is the perfect guide to get you started in this exhilarating new arena. With this fun and friendly book, you'll quickly discover why the supply for the Pi cannot keep up with the demand! Veteran tech authors Sean McManus and Mike Cook show you how to download and install the operating system, use the installed applications, and much more.

  • Covers connecting the Pi to other devices such as a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and more
  • Teaches you basic Linux System Admin
  • Walks you through editing images, creating web pages, and playing music
  • Details how to program with Scratch and Python
  • Explores creating simple hardware projects

Raspberry Pi For Dummies makes computing as easy as pie.

Now discover the history of Raspberry Pi!

The Raspberry Pi sold a million units in its first year, and came from a previously unknown organisation, The Raspberry Pi Foundation. If you’ve ever wondered how it came into being, and what inspired its creation, Sean McManus, co-author of Raspberry Pi For Dummies, has the answer. He has set up a section on his website to share bonus content, which includes a short history of the Raspberry Pi. At Sean’s website, you can also read reviews of the book, see videos of its projects, and read several exclusive blog posts about the Raspberry Pi and its community.

Visit Sean’s homepage for Raspberry Pi For Dummies here!

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:
9781118554234
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/14/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
834,373
File size:
26 MB
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Meet the Author

Sean McManus (Uxbridge, UK) is a technology and business author. His books include Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser, Social Networking for the Older and Wiser, iPad for the Older and Wiser, Small Business WebsitesThat Work (Prentice Hall) and the co-authored Customer Service Pocketbook. As a journalist, Sean was a staff writer at Internet Magazine and has written tutorials and articles for Internet Works, Business 2.0, and Start and Run Your Business. With the introduction of his own blog and website, Sean shares his expertise further, providing readers with exclusive reviews and tips. Visit: http://www.sean.co.uk/books/raspberry-pi-for-dummies/index.shtm

Mike Cook (Manchester, UK) is a veteran tech author and a freelance consultant for all things to do with Physical Computing.

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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