My book is available for Pre-Order.
Packt are selling the pre-order eBook version of this for just £3.05 ($5)! – that is £3.66 with UK VAT included Note the ebook offer is now finished.
It is not available yet, as they have extended the page count to allow me to fit in another chapter. But it should be ready early into the New Year.
Publisher has updated the release date to be March 2014. Sorry for the delay but hopefully we can get it to you before then, with the extra content in.
This will make it even bigger than the 360 pages originally planned, making it a massive book on everything Raspberry Pi.
It will simply be amazing to share all the great stuff I’ve had fun doing while writing the book, it has been absolutely fantastic doing it all!
What is in it?
Here is a quick round up of some of the things the book includes:
Raspberry Pi Setup, NOOBs, Networking, File Sharing, Remote Access, Connecting using Wifi, Updating Software
File access, Creating Menus, Making GUI applications, Drawing on the screen, Making graphical games
Using the (very powerful) GPU, Creating 3D graphics, Create 3D environments, Build a 3D maze to explore
Controlling Hardware, Using LEDs and Buttons, Shutdown and Configuration control using hardware, Colour Multiplexing of LEDs
Using I2C, reading Analogue data, Plotting and recording data, Extending the GPIO, Sending information across the internet for remote logging
Using the Raspberry Pi Camera Module, Creating a time-lapse video, Stop-frame animation, using QR codes to read stories
Creating a Pi-Rover bot, building a Pi-Bug Hexpod, Controlling motors, Using servos, Sensing objects and obstacles, Using and calibrating electronic compass
Interfacing with USB devices, Sending and receiving data over serial and bluetooth, Controlling remote sockets for home automation, Using SPI devices
Everything is done using Python3, with clear and detailed explanations of the how everything works so that you can adapt and use all the information in your own projects. The book gradually introduces using Python as you progress through it and including how to structure and develop your code efficiently, as well as ensuring that the low level detail is explained effectively so you can re-apply your new skills in your own projects.
By the end you will have a huge toolset of skills which you can apply on whatever your imagination inspires you to do.
Why this book?
I’ve been involved with the Raspberry Pi from the very start of it, and it has been an excellent journey (so far). As a founder of the MagPi magazine, contributor of the Raspberry Pi wiki pages and active forum member along with 12 years of industry and engineering, software and electronics experience I’ve been trying out all I can with it.
Throughout, my goal has been the spreading that “Engineering Spark” to others, and the joy of creating and shaping the world around us.
The Raspberry Pi is the micro-computer from the 1980s supercharged. If those BASIC computers got me hooked on Engineering all those years ago with their modest abilities, then there will be a whole army of new Engineers in a few years time with big ideas and exceptional skills. For many, just like it was for me, it will be their first computer which started it all.
The book really takes everything I have found exciting and interesting with this little computer (as you can see above, that is a lot) and puts it right there for you to try too. I hope that people will read this book and start their own Raspberry Pi journey, it has so much to offer and the book is aimed squarely at showing off what YOU can achieve with it.
Like any good cookbook, the pages should be worn and used, and it should be something which is always being pulled off the shelf to refer to and used. Even before I have finished writing it, I was continuously referring back and forth between the chapters, it has quickly become my own personal go-to reference. I hope it will become yours too.