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Raspberry Pi Cookbook Paperback – January 10, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1449365226 ISBN-10: 1449365221 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449365221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449365226
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Software and Hardware Problems and Solutions

About the Author

Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. Simon spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens. Simon is author of a number of hobby electronics books including '30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius', '15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius' and 'Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius'.


More About the Author

Simon is a full-time author.

His books are on topics related to Open Hardware and Electronics.

You can find out more about him here: http://www.simonmonk.org

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Recommended, especially for beginners.
Dale A. Dreyer
Simon Monk's Raspberry Pi Cookbook is a great source of information on this interesting device.
David
It is really informative and has clear and concise steps to complete each recipe.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
I'll admit it now, I'm mystified by Raspberry Pi, Python, Sudo and obscure -/letter combinations, but this book provided what I was looking for...

Q. "How do I do something?"
A. "Like this..."

I now have a store of recipes chat I can use to cook up a Pi-based feast and, most importantly, I can follow the method involved as everything is well explained.

As for the other review, there may be the odd typo in the print edition but I haven't spotted them (or if I have, then they weren't significant enough to register as a problem), so I suspect that there may be a problem with the e-book version.

Maybe it's an age-related thing, but I prefer print anyway...

Well written and well worth getting, in my opinion...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on January 30, 2014
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Simon Monk's Raspberry Pi Cookbook is a great source of information on this interesting device. The Raspberryberry Pi is an extremely spare, economical but powerful Linux-based computing device that you can use as a point of departure for many projects, particularly in the vast, quick-moving field of robotics. Of special interest to me is Chapter Ten, Motors. Simon shows how the Raspberry Pi can be used to control servomotors and steppers, to make your robot project work. Lots of other projects as well. I recommend the book highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cdunlap42 on January 31, 2014
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This is a great book for anyone looking to get more out of their Raspberry Pi. The sections of the book are clear and concise. You can read it straight through and develop your computing skills step by step or you can skip from section to section to find answers to specific questions you may have.

There is a great introduction to Python included and lots of projects that show you the wide variety of things that the Pi can do. Whether you like to surf the net, have your own media center, or do physical computing, this book has something for you. I use my Pi to program my Arduino and there is a great section specifically geared to that topic.

This book is great for beginners and those ready to take their skills to the next level. Thanks, Simon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T_MacP on January 16, 2014
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning how to make interesting electronics projects utilizing the Raspberry Pi computer. This book is very comprehensive and chock full of small project ideas for using the general purpose input/output pin connections and includes useful Python programming language code examples for each project to get you going fast. This book explains, in simple to follow terms and steps, the different ways you can connect/control sensors, displays, LED's, switches, motors and other components to the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi Cookbook also describes how to utilize third party hardware to expand and facilitate the usefulness of the Raspberry Pi. This book is a great introduction to learning how to use UNIX/LINUX based operating systems as well as learning how to program computers. All of the books I have read by Simon Monk are very well written (in my opinion), but this one is the most comprehensive and complete of those that I have enjoyed and benefited from reading. Thanks Simon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe on January 28, 2014
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Really good stuff. Just about everything I've wanted to know how to do with my Raspberry Pi I've found in this book.

There's also a great series of videos associated with this book if you're willing to fork over the extra money. Very well done. Very clear. Very concise.

Probably the only book that every Raspberry Pi owner MUST own.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By walter h schuller jr on January 16, 2014
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Very good book, but you knew that..... It's an O'Reilly book!
However, this is one of the best Pi books for the hobbyist that I've read so for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. on June 28, 2014
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This is the one book to get to start seriously using your pi.
I've gone through a few others. They're full of fluff.
I've got bookmarks on pages for network connections, raspicam setup, serial interface. Every time I configure a new SD card I refer to those pages.
Also great primer on Python programming, although I didn't look to closely at that, being a software developer already.
Nice section on Linux, too. Could have gone slightly deeper, but that's just me. There's enough here to show you how to do a lot.
A section on the GPIO is robust also. More on that later, as I haven't looked at that part too closely yet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austin Lawrence on February 3, 2014
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Despite the other RPi guidebooks available, I specifically waited for Raspberry Pi Cookbook to become available. As someone who learned to code with an Arduino, I found O'Reilly's Arduino Cookbook a completely necessary aid for a coding noob like myself. My hope was that Simon Monk's book would match the quality of Arduino Cookbook.

This book is written in a clear language and answers any and all questions you may have about getting started, programming in Python, or interfacing your RPi with other doodads. For that, I like it.

I gave this book 4 stars because it did not have the same depth and initiative as the Arduino Cookbook. Several bits of the book have paragraphs that were robotically copied and pasted, and recipes so not go any further than answering the question in as minimal of a way. Though I have my own RPi projects planned, I was hoping this book would inspire some new ideas, which it has not.

Bottom line, I recommend this book for someone who is foreign to RPi or just looking for a quick reference. Otherwise, I'd further research other RPi books or work through the online community.
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