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Excellent Compact Review of Everything Needed for Hacking The Pi + Best Treatment of Hardware Interfacing,
This review is from: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi (Make: Projects) (Paperback)
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This succinct 161 page handbook gives a clear introduction and all features needed to setup and have fun with the vastly popular Raspberry Pi educational PC (over 500,000 have been sold by Farnell one of the two largest international distributors of the $35 Pi). Clear and complete descriptions are given of the setup and "gozinta's" of the Pi and SD-card, use of the Linux Operating System and programming in the Python and Scratch languages, as well as interfacing this hardware and use of web-based applications. While this excellent and compact treatment is among the best I have found for general use and hacking of the Pi--where this handbook clearly out-shined all other books for me was in the interfacing of the Pi's hardware with other devices, switches displays and chips. In particular, one problem I've had with the Pi and other Linux development boards up until now has been in obtaining the same sort of analog to digital interface and reading of analog input sources (such as sensors and biological signals) that is possible with the inexpensive but limited (no operating system) Arduino board. Appendix C of this excellent (and complete in a compact) handbook fully describes how to interface an analog to digital converter to the Raspberry Pi including use of the I2C serial interfacing protocol and programming of this interface in Python. This is the only manual I have seen to date that fully describes hardware interfacing and electronics hacking with the Pi (and similar Linux-based development boards like the Beaglebone). My complements to Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace and O'Reilly publishers.
--Ira Laefsky MS Engineering/MBA Information Technology Consultant and Participant in the Philadelphia-based Hackerspace Hive 76
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation