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Raspberry Pi For Dummies : For Dummies - Sean McManus

Raspberry Pi For Dummies

For Dummies

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Published: 14th March 2013
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Embrace the exciting new technology of Raspberry Pi!

With the invention of the unique credit-card sized single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, comes a new wave of hardware geeks, hackers, and hobbyists who are excited about the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi, and this is the perfect guide to get you started in this exhilarating new arena. With this fun and friendly book, you'll quickly discover why the supply for the Pi cannot keep up with the demand! Veteran tech authors Sean McManus and Mike Cook show you how to download and install the operating system, use the installed applications, and much more.

  • Covers connecting the Pi to other devices such as a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and more
  • Teaches you basic Linux System Admin
  • Walks you through editing images, creating web pages, and playing music
  • Details how to program with Scratch and Python
  • Explores creating simple hardware projects

Raspberry Pi For Dummies makes computing as easy as pie.

About the Author

Sean McManus is the author of many technology and business books and a former staff writer at Internet Magazine. He has written tutorials and articles for, among others, Internet Works, Business 2.0, and Personal Computer World. Mike Cook is a veteran tech author and freelance consultant specializing in all things physical computing.

"Overall, the Raspberry Pi For Dummies book is an eclectic mix, just like anything Pi-related, of educational goodness which all but the most advanced of users will find something interesting within. Personally I've learned a handful of bits and bobs from it already, and am eager to let it guide me through some interesting things I might otherwise have passed up." (gadgetoid.com, April 2013) 'If you've been toying with the idea of finding out for yourself just what all the fuss surrounding the Raspberry Pi is about -- but are concerned that if you order one, you won't have a clue what to do with it when it arrives -- then this is absolutely the book you need.' (Tech Secondary, June 2013) 'If you have just purchased a Pi and are not sure where to begin, this book provides an excellent place to start.' (BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT, June 2013) "This book has personality and it's easy to like the style." (Raspberry Pi Pod, March 2014)

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi  7

Chapter 1: Introducing the Raspberry Pi 9

Chapter 2: Downloading the Operating System 19

Chapter 3: Connecting Your Raspberry Pi 31

Part II: Getting Started with Linux  43

Chapter 4: Using the Desktop Environment 45

Chapter 5: Using the Linux Shell 71

Part III: Using the Raspberry Pi for Both Work and Play  107

Chapter 6: Being Productive with the Raspberry Pi109

Chapter 7: Editing Photos on the Raspberry Pi with GIMP 121

Chapter 8: Building Your First Website with the Raspberry Pi 131

Chapter 9: Playing Audio and Video on the Raspberry Pi 159

Part IV: Programming the Raspberry Pi  171

Chapter 10: Introducing Programming with Scratch 173

Chapter 11: Programming an Arcade Game Using Scratch 189

Chapter 12: Writing Programs in Python 211

Chapter 13: Creating a Game with Python and Pygame 241

Part V: Exploring Electronics with the Raspberry Pi  259

Chapter 14: Understanding Circuits and Soldering 261

Chapter 15: Making Your First Project with the Raspberry Pi 281

Chapter 16: Putting the Raspberry Pi in Control 313

Chapter 17: The Raspberry Pi in an Analog World 337

Part VI: The Part of Tens  359

Chapter 18: Ten Great Software Packages for the Raspberry Pi 361

Chapter 19: Ten Inspiring Projects for the Raspberry Pi 371

Appendix A: Troubleshooting and Configuring the Raspberry Pi  377

Appendix B: The GPIO on the Raspberry Pi  391

Index  393

ISBN: 9781118554210
ISBN-10: 1118554213
Series: For Dummies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st April 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 20.32  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1