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Raspberry Pi Projects [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Robinson , Mike Cook
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Learn to build software and hardware projects featuring theRaspberry Pi!

Raspberry Pi represents a new generation of computers thatencourages the user to play and to learn and this unique book isaimed at the beginner Raspberry Pi user who is eager to get startedcreating real-world projects. Taking you on a journey of creating16 practical projects, this fun and informative resource introducesyou to the skills you need to have in order to make the most of thePi. The book begins with a quick look at how to get the Pi up andrunning and then encourages you to dive into the array of excitingsoftware and hardware projects.

  • Features projects that use Python, which is Raspberry Pi'sprogramming language of choice
  • Includes projects for creating an information center fore-mail, Twitter, Facebook, weather, train times, and more
  • Shows you how to recreate Pong and Pacman or write Tic TacToe
  • Teaches you how to use Raspberry Pi's general purposeinput/output port in order to speak to external hardwaredevices
  • Walks you through setting up computer-controlled slot carracing, a swipe card door lock, disco lights, and more

Raspberry Pi Projects is an excellent way to dig deeperinto the capabilities of the Pi and to have great fun while doingit.

Editorial Reviews


this book is a must if you want to do more withyour Raspberry Pi. (Connected Digital World, January2014)

A great introduction to the Pi and the sort of thingsthat can be accomplished. (MmIT, February 2014) Books like this will guide you through a givenproject and provide you with learning points along the way, whichis a great way to learn about Linux, Python, hardware hacking oranything. Beginner or not you ll learn lots by following theguide set out by experts such as these. (, March 2014)

This book provides a great entry into the world of theRaspberry Pi. It has a wide range of different projects something for everyone (BCS, September 2014)

Product Details

  • File Size: 20963 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118555430
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, With Only A Couple of Complaints. December 31, 2013
By Joe
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There are a couple of things about this book that I REALLY like. First is that it is a good learning tool. It starts with some really basic Python code (an insult generator), advances to something more advanced (tic-tac-toe, from 2 player to an intro to AI) and for the most part continues with this pattern throughout the book. Getting a little more advanced with each turn of the page. (The exception to this comes in the hardware projects, where some of the earlier projects are harder than some of the later).

This book also does a pretty good job, most of the time, at explaining things at a level I (as a relative beginner) can understand. For example, it goes into what resistors are and why they are important.

However, I do have a couple of nits to pick.

First, I was disappointed that there wasn't a more detailed explanation in some areas. I don't understand circuit diagrams (yet), but if you show me a picture of a Raspberry Pi and a breadboard, and what wire should go where, and where I should put the resistors and other components, I can follow that. Hopefully in the next edition of this book they will add more diagrams like this.

Second, the hardware project chapters were inconsistent. Some mentioned what components you needed to buy, others did not. A consistent table at the beginning or end of the chapter, including pictures of the component, would have been very helpful.

Finally, and most importantly. Be warned! This book is largely a selling vehicle for the PiFace component (in which the author(s) have a stake, if I'm not mistaken). That's a $45 component that you pretty much have to buy to follow this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, but Requires the PiFace Interface September 13, 2014
By BKromps
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This is a well-written book with a good amount of background that someone who has a technical interest can understand. As an engineer, I want to broaden my experience basis (trained in classical mech/aero) to include more programming and IT-type work. This book is a great introduction to the Python language and is very easy to work with.

However, there are a few items to note:
1. Many of the instructions include information to install software packages available at the time of writing. Obviously a "version 3.1.2" of some software package will likely not stay that way for long, so it did take a bit of digging to figure out how to find the current packages and debug some of the installation errors I got along the way. Perhaps including instructions on how to find and download the latest distributions would be helpful. (in case something isn't specifically available)
2. This book is written assuming you purchased the PiFace expansion board. It is a very handy piece of equipment, and allows for tremendous opportunities to make your Pi talk to to its environment. But, I didn't know that I needed that board when I bought the book, so it took a while to actually get started (also the PiFace costs about the same amount as the Raspberry Pi anyway, so be aware).

Besides those issues, this book has been great and has introduced me to things I never would have imagined before. I think it is very well written and is a good tool for the aspiring programmer or tinkerer to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a nice book November 20, 2014
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ok,what a nice job.very detail and helpful,i love it very will be helpful to my graduate paper.five star recommend.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great How-To for the rank beginner May 16, 2014
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This book starts out with an assumption that the reader is a newbie like me and teaches one how to crawl before walking. The programs are explained in detail and are fun. I've only made it about a quarter of the way through the book but I've already learned a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok. February 12, 2015
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My husband likes the book. He hasn't really tried anything yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars February 26, 2015
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It's an okay book to kick start working with the PI
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars January 17, 2015
By @ddie
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Book is out dated it, It doesn't cover PI A+ and B+
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