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Exploring Raspberry Pi: Interfacing to the Real World with Embedded Linux by [Molloy, Derek]
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Expand Raspberry Pi capabilities with fundamental engineering principles

Exploring Raspberry Pi is the innovators guide to bringing Raspberry Pi to life. This book favors engineering principles over a 'recipe' approach to give you the skills you need to design and build your own projects. You'll understand the fundamental principles in a way that transfers to any type of electronics, electronic modules, or external peripherals, using a "learning by doing" approach that caters to both beginners and experts. The book begins with basic Linux and programming skills, and helps you stock your inventory with common parts and supplies. Next, you'll learn how to make parts work together to achieve the goals of your project, no matter what type of components you use. The companion website provides a full repository that structures all of the code and scripts, along with links to video tutorials and supplementary content that takes you deeper into your project.

The Raspberry Pi's most famous feature is its adaptability. It can be used for thousands of electronic applications, and using the Linux OS expands the functionality even more. This book helps you get the most from your Raspberry Pi, but it also gives you the fundamental engineering skills you need to incorporate any electronics into any project.

  • Develop the Linux and programming skills you need to build basic applications
  • Build your inventory of parts so you can always "make it work"
  • Understand interfacing, controlling, and communicating with almost any component
  • Explore advanced applications with video, audio, real-world interactions, and more

Be free to adapt and create with Exploring Raspberry Pi.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 44673 KB
  • Print Length: 650 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1119188687
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (13 June 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01H2KNGX8
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The KINDLE edition 28 January 2017
By A. Bergamini - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is about the Kindle edition not the paper one. I agree the the traditional paper book deserves the 5 star rating. I purchased the book first and I liked it so much that I bought the Kindle edition to highlight, make notes in, and to keep as a handy screen based reference for my Pi based electronics projects.

The Kindle edition's a disappointment. Here's why.
1. The book has a great table of contents with a 3 level outline; chapters, sub headings under each chapter and sub topics under each sub heading. The Kindle edition only has a 2 level outline, no sub topics, making it extremely cumbersome, if not useless, as a navigation tool.
2. The Kindle edition left out the index. Really, no index, and no, the global word search is not the same as a good index created and edited by a professional indexer.

So minimal table of contents and no index makes the Kindle edition pretty useless as a convenient reference. If you don't believe me, try to find the topic section on Transistors using the Kindle edition. I'm sure you can eventually, but it's a PITA.

By the way, I think it's sad that my one star review brings down the rating of the paper edition. Amazon, I should be able to review the Kindle edition separately from the paper edition. Especially if they are substantially different.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Pi Book Yet 24 January 2017
By William Kerney - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic. I loved Eben Upton's recent book on learning computer architecture through the Raspberry Pi, but I like this one even more.

To make this review much shorter - if you want to do projects with the RPi, buy this book. It explains things about how the RPi works in great detail, gives tons of examples of sample circuits, and shows the math as well for calculating current drain and voltage drops for most of the circuits, so you're not just plugging things in blindly. It is full of practical advice on how to wire things up so you do things properly and don't blow up your Pi (like "use an optocoupler if you have an external power supply connected to the load").

Further, it has an extensive section on programming the Pi, showing programs at a variety of complexity levels and running times to turn the GPIO pins on and off (which is what we most care about when programming the Pi).
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone who is willing to put in the effort requred to learn the RPi. 27 December 2016
By BobWet - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers a lot of area but be prepared to work hard if you read it. The examples are available for download on Github. The book is absolutely excellent. Clearly written with a great amount of detail, though the reader must realize there is a limit to how much info can be packed in a single book. Although beginners could read this book, I believe that it would be slow going for them. If you don't have some technical background I would suggest you look for a more basic book. This book covers topics such as RPi boot up sequence, Linux commands, hardware interfacing and useful projects. I'm an EE with programming experience in Windows and I found the Linux section easy to understand, but very slow going, due to the vastness of Linux. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in putting in the effort required to really learn the RPi and how to interface to other computers.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book I have been looking for 31 March 2017
By jay - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a long time Linux user at work and home. I've been playing with the Raspberry Pi for a few years now as a basic Linux computer, but I always felt that interfacing it to other devices would make this a much more powerful little platform. This books covers all that's necessary to do that, but beware - it's not for those who don't want to dive deep into the technical details. Dr. Molloy teaches computer science at the college level, and there's detail here that represents that background. But it's all extremely well-supported within the book, along with his dedicated book website. All of the code examples he writes can be found there, along with excellent supplemental material.

The book starts from basics - Raspberry Pi hardware, basic Linux commands, basic circuits for interfacing, etc. He then gets into the depths of how to interface all of these together. I'm fortunate to have enough background in these areas to weave through this, but those with less of a computer or electronics background might want to have a local geek or two handy to call in for help when needed. He has excellent coding examples in multiple languages, builds from simple to more complex examples, and provides libraries to continue your own programming projects using the knowledge you have gained throughout the book.

I'm an Electrical / Computer Engineer by trade, and I've had an interest in introducing hobby electronics to my kids. When I first saw the Raspberry Pi, I thought this might be the ideal platform on which to develop that. This book is the missing piece to that puzzle for me. It's exactly what I was hoping for, with all the details one could want about making this magnificent little board talk to other devices. I picture many blinking lights and beeping speakers in the months to come as a result of this book! I consider this a bargain-priced book for everything that's contained within it. If there's something you want to connect up to a Raspberry Pi, odds are, there's a solution somewhere in this book. I highly recommend it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Molloy has my favorite videos on setting up the Pi and the Beaglebone 1 August 2016
By magicmarmot - Published on Amazon.com
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Derek Molloy has my favorite videos on setting up the Pi and the Beaglebone, as well as real-world interfacing. Between the books and the companion websites, it's the kind of information you need to understand how to develop your own projects. Highly recommended.

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