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, September 12, 2013
This review is from: Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius (Paperback)
Because the Pi is a fully functional PC on a little board, with many features (including multimedia!) in the class of Arduino and Propeller, most project books don't have the space to get into the basics of Pi, like loading the O/S and many other details. Since this is a UK unit, many of the websites (even though this is all open source) are a chore to sort out. Getting the free downloads shown in this book is worth the price of the book itself, DO NOT pay for the O/S on a site, it is free on many others, as shown in this fine little gem!
True to the evil genius series, this book is an exception to the completeness issue! Not only are the projects fully detailed, with carefully tested code that works without glitches, the author also takes the time to go over the basics of Pi as well, including getting up and running before the project phases. The book has something in it for everyone because of that, from beginners to advanced designers and hobbyists. As a roboticist and teacher, I'm using the Pi more and more in place of Arduino programs (called sketches) because the motor controls are much more like the most advanced robotics, which often use Linux. The Department of Defense uses Linux in some of their drones! VERY scalable system.
A great way to learn not only Pi, but electronics, programming and much more, from grade school to graduate engineer. And in case you're new to Pi, many folks are actually making the cheapest PC's on the planet with this little monster, INCLUDING HDTV interfaces for their monitors! The (non profit educational) Pi developers were smart enough to include multi media, which is amazing for a chip this size. If you want to go "big time" you can even combine it seamlessly pin to pin with Arduino for automation, or Propeller for multi processing. Highly Recommended.
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