Raspberry Pi is a starter kit of electronic components with which you can build all sorts of cool tech gadgets, from web servers to robots. If there’s an inveterate tech hobbyist in your home, or a tween or teen (see the last book in this post, below) with an interest in tech gadgets and learning to program, and a summer to kill, the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit and one or more of these books is a great way to get started.
What can you do with the Raspberry Pi, a $35 computer the size of a credit card? All sorts of things! If you’re learning how to program, or looking to build new electronic projects, this hands-on guide will show you just how valuable this flexible little platform can be.
This book takes you step-by-step through many fun and educational possibilities. Take advantage of several preloaded programming languages. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. Play with multimedia. With Raspberry Pi, you can do all of this and more.
Get acquainted with hardware features on the Pi’s board
Learn enough Linux to move around the operating system
Pick up the basics of Python and Scratch—and start programming
Draw graphics, play sounds, and handle mouse events with the Pygame framework
Use the Pi’s input and output pins to do some hardware hacking
Discover how Arduino and the Raspberry Pi complement each other
Integrate USB webcams and other peripherals into your projects
The essential guide to getting started with the Raspberry Pi ®
The Raspberry Pi has been a success beyond the dream of its creators. Their goal, to encourage a new generation of computer programmers who understand how computers work, is well under way.
Raspberry Pi User Guide 2e is the newest edition of the runaway bestseller written by the Pi’s co-creator, Eben Upton, and tech writer Gareth Halfacree. It contains everything you need to know to get the Pi up and running, including how to:
Connect a keyboard, mouse, monitor and other peripherals
Install software and configure your Raspberry Pi
Master basic Linux system administration
Set up your Raspberry Pi as a productivity machine, multimedia centre, or web server
Write programmes in Scratch and Python
Use the GPIO port and add-on boards to connect your Raspberry Pi for use in electronics projects
Updated to cover the release of the Camera Board, the introduction of the Pi Store, NOOBS and much more, Raspberry Pi User Guide 2nd edition is the perfect companion for getting the most out of the computing phenomenon, the Raspberry Pi.
Eben Upton is the co-creator of the Raspberry Pi board and the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist, open source advocate and erstwhile sysadmin.
The must-have companion guide to the Raspberry Pi User Guide!
Raspberry Pi chose Python as its teaching language of choice to encourage a new generation of programmers to learn how to program. This approachable book serves as an ideal resource for anyone wanting to use Raspberry Pi to learn to program and helps you get started with the Python programming language. Aimed at first-time developers with no prior programming language assumed, this beginner book gets you up and running.
Covers variables, loops, and functions
Addresses 3D graphics programming
Walks you through programming Minecraft
Zeroes in on Python for scripting
Learning Python with Raspberry Pi proves itself to be a fantastic introduction to coding.
Coding for kids is cool with Raspberry Pi and this elementary guide
Even if your kids don’t have an ounce of computer geek in them, they can learn to code with Raspberry Pi and this wonderful book. Written for 11- to 15-year-olds and assuming no prior computing knowledge, this book uses the wildly successful, low-cost, credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi computer to explain fundamental computing concepts. Young people will enjoy going through the book’s nine fun projects while they learn basic programming and system administration skills, starting with the very basics of how to plug in the board and turn it on.
Each project includes a lively and informative video to reinforce the lessons. It’s perfect for young, eager self-learners—your kids can jump in, set up their Raspberry Pi, and go through the lessons on their own.
Written by Carrie Anne Philbin, a high school teacher of computing who advises the U.K. government on the revised ICT Curriculum
Teaches 11- to 15-year-olds programming and system administration skills using Raspberry Pi
Features 9 fun projects accompanied by lively and helpful videos
Raspberry Pi is a $35/£25 credit-card-sized computer created by the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation; over a million have been sold
Help your children have fun and learn computing skills at the same time with Adventures in Raspberry Pi.