Hill Climb Racing 2 Industrial Deals Beauty Most Anticipated Fall Children's Books STEM nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited Get 10% cashback on thousands of musical instruments with your Amazon.com Store Credit Card Starting at $39.99 Grocery Handmade Tote Bags Home Gift Guide Off to College Home Gift Guide Book a house cleaner for 2 or more hours on Amazon Transparent Transparent Transparent  Introducing Echo Show Introducing All-New Fire HD 10 with Alexa hands-free $149.99 Kindle Oasis, unlike any Kindle you've ever held AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Tailgating STEMClubToys17_gno

Customer Review

on December 31, 2013
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. It's a great component, don't get me wrong, but spending more on the component than you did on the Raspberry Pi can be a bit of a shock.

The projects in this book could easily be done without the PiFace, but because the projects are PiFace-centered, you would have to translate not only the wiring, but also the code (as the PiFace has its own version of GPIO and its own Python libraries).

Great book, but be prepared to spend a pretty good sum of cash if you want to do the projects, and expect the occasional head scratch as you try to fill in the missing explanations.
0Comment| 56 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like so:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.

Please write at least one word
You must purchase at least one item from Amazon to post a comment
A problem occurred while submitting your comment. Please try again later.

There was a problem loading comments right now. Please try again later.


Product Details

3.9 out of 5 stars
16
$22.62+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime