- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781118992913
- ISBN-13: 978-1118992913
- ASIN: 1118992911
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Connect the BeagleBone and install the Linux® OS
- Explore the Cloud 9 IDE and learn simple programming with BoneScript and Python®
- Create electronics projects connected to the BeagleBone GPIO
- Set up a home automation web server with the BeagleBone
Grab your BeagleBone, get it set up, and start building cool projects!
The BeagleBone is a powerful, versatile development board. This book is a powerful yet friendly guide to putting the BeagleBone to work, so you can turn your ideas into real projects. You’ll discover how to connect to the BeagleBone, load Linux on it, and program in it, building and programming circuits to actually create things as you go.
- Start at the beginning — discover what the BeagleBone can do, how to download and install Linux on it, and how to connect it to your computer
- Down Linux lane — learn your way around the Linux Shell and find out about the tools and components you need for circuit-building
- Prepare for web-related projects — get acquainted with Python and build projects that read data from sensors and automatically send email
- Basic Black — find out how to turn BeagleBone Black into a desktop computer and launch your own website
- Playing with bones — create an email notification device and your own home automation web server
Open the book and find:
- Step-by-step guidance to setting up a BeagleBone
- A crash course in Linux
- Amazing things the BeagleBone can do
- How to navigate the desktop environment
- Python programming instructions
- Directions for a household monitoring system
- Great ideas for BeagleBone projects
- Resources and tips for making the most of the BeagleBone
About the Author
Rui Santos is a popular electronics blogger known for his expert online video tutorials and articles. His blog receives an average of 72,000 visitors per month. Luís Perestrelo is an electronics aficionado who works with digital systems for autonomous underwater vehicles and sailboats.
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Authors Santos and Perestrelo, begin by getting you acquainted with BeagleBone. In addition, they explain which distribution of Linux to use; as well as, where you can download it and how to install it. The authors also present multiple ways to accomplish something that they've found to be quite useful: controlling your BeagleBone remotely. Then, they continues by showing you hoe you can use the command prompt to get around a computer in a way that you're probably not used to: using only text. The authors then get you up to speed regarding the most basic principles of electricity, so that you can understand what is happening on the circuits you build to interact with your BeagleBone. Next, they describe the most important tools you need to start creating prototypes of your projects. In addition, the authors introduce you to BoneScript, a library containing functions specially created for the BeagleBone. They also show you how to turn on a light by pressing a pushbutton, how to control a motor's rotation through the use of a potentiometer, and how to automatically turn on a light that warns you that someone has entered a room. Then, the authors continue by introducing Python, a powerful programming language that features a dedicated library to interface with the BeagleBone. Next, they cover Python and Adafruit's BeagleBone Input/Output library, which enables you to control the BeagleBone's General Purpose Input Output pins in a simple and straightforward manner. In addition, the authors discuss the good practices of programming. The authors also explain how you can connect a few peripherals to your BeagleBone Black and turn it into a desktop computer. Then, they continue by walking you through building a two-page website, with practical examples that you can follow along and test in real time. The authors then show you how to build a lasting, complete and useful project. Next, they show you how to build your very own home automation web servera web page that interacts with the physical world. The author also shows you some extremely cool projects featuring the BeagleBone. Finally, they introduce you to ten useful resources that can help you get the most out of your BeagleBone.
This excellent book explores the virtually unlimited possibilities that the BeagleBone has to offer. Also, in this great book, you get to know all of the important concepts by building circuits and programming them with BeagleBone.
- How to install the OS image: Explains the difference between SD vs eMMC and choosing appropriate image for different revisions of the BeagleBone hardware.
- How to connect to the board: SSH over USB/Ethernet, serial over USB (helpful when debugging boot problems).
- Intro to Linux commands. Plus a nice section on keyboard shortcuts.
- Circuits 101: voltage, current, resistence, basic formulas and theorems, circuit components, etc
- Digital circuit: hardware components; configure GPIO pins for input/output/PWM. Also an introduction to the various "capes" -- addon boards for the Beagleboard.
- Using the BeagleBone as a desktop computer: Introduction to the LXDE desktop environment. (I would have prefer this to be covered earlier, perhaps at the same time as Linux commands.)