- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (September 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118921666
- ISBN-13: 978-1118921661
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book represents excellent value if you re about to take the plunge into the world of Raspberry Pi, then this book could be a really useful investment (Everyday Practical Electronics, February 2015)
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The only downside to this book is that even though this edition was only published in 2014, it's already a little bit outdated, especially with the recent release of the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. You'll find that some of the commands listed in the book don't work 100% correctly, at least if you're using the most current version of Raspbian. However, a quick Google search of the problem, will turn up plenty of results on how to resolve the issues. Most of the time, it simply involves eliminating a word or two from a command, because it became obsolete between the time this edition was published and now.
However, I would still recommend this book to anyone looking to start tinkering with a Raspberry Pi. I bought this book a few weeks ago, and with this book (and the help of a friend), I was able to quickly get a web server up and running where I am currently hosting a personal website, and I may even by another Pi to tinker around some more. I almost gave this book 3 stars due to the issues I had with some of the commands, but I think this book still functions as a good primer to the Raspberry Pi, and based on the quality of the content, deserved at least 4 stars.
I also purchased Raspberry Pi Hacks: Tips & Tools for Making Things with the Inexpensive Linux Computer which is an excellent resource beyond the basics.
My full Raspberry Pi setup includes:
- RASPBERRY PI MODEL B 756-8308 Raspberry Pi B
- Edimax EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless 11n Nano Size USB Adapter with EZmax Setup Wizard
- Multicomp Clear Raspberry Pi Enclosure (MC-RP001-CLR)
- SanDisk Ultra 8 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card 30MB/s SDSDU-008G-U46
- AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse Bundle
- AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub with 5V/4A power adapter
- SMAKN PL2303HX USB to TTL to UART RS232 COM Cable module Converter
- USB to RS485 Converter Adapter ch340T chip Support 64-bit Win7
- GearMo® Mini USB to RS485 / RS422 Converter FTDI CHIP with Screw Terminals (I actually bought this RS484 adapter elsewhere, as it was rather expensive on amazon)
Be sure to check out some of the online resources such as adafruit (great project ideas), as well as The MagPi (a very good, online RPi Magazine - free!)
If you find yourself needing to login from your phone or kindle, be sure to check out the JuiceSSH app (you'll need to back load this onto the kindle after downloading from google play). Juice is a SSH telnet client. Very cool. Also - when you are ready to scale your linux project, be sure to check out the amazon aws! Create a virtual Linux machine from your browser on amazon servers!
Overall, the Raspberry Pi is an awesome device, and this keyboard was the perfect addition! I hope it will inspire the new generation to learn more about the inner workings of computers. There are very cool online resources, with project ideas such as the adafruit Raspberry Pi WiFi Radio. If interested in RPi, be sure to check out the eLinux (dot org) web site, as it has a ton of great information on compatibility.
I've been completely happy with my RPi & recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about computers!