Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk PDF

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Download Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk PDF book free online – From Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk PDF: With millions of new users and several new models, the Raspberry Pi ecosystem continues to expand—along with a lot of new questions about the Pi’s capabilities. The second edition of this popular cookbook provides more than 240 hands-on recipes for running this tiny low-cost computer with Linux, programming it with Python, and hooking up sensors, motors, and other hardware—including Arduino and the Internet of Things. Buy from Amazon

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Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk PDF

Prolific hacker and author Simon Monk also teaches basic principles to help you use new technologies with Raspberry Pi as its ecosystem continues to develop. This cookbook is ideal for programmers and hobbyists familiar with the Pi through resources, including Getting Started with Raspberry Pi (O’Reilly). Python and other code examples from the book are available on GitHub.

  • Set up your Raspberry Pi and connect to a network
  • Work with its Linux-based operating system
  • Program Raspberry Pi with Python
  • Give your Pi “eyes” with computer vision
  • Control hardware through the GPIO connector
  • Use Raspberry Pi to run different types of motors
  • Work with switches, keypads, and other digital inputs
  • Use sensors to measure temperature, light, and distance
  • Connect to IoT devices in various ways
  • Create dynamic projects with Arduino

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Review – Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk PDF

The Raspberry Pi Cookbook is a good publication for using the PI to create Python applications. But it has some shortcomings.

I gave the book a 4* rating, but my view it is 3.5* or a little more. I bought the book so that I didn’t need to search the internet for for so many answers to basic questions, but I have saved bookmarks for more than 25 solutions. (I’m just starting out as a new Pi user although I have experience with Arduino and of course, Windows.)

First of all, even though the copyright date is June 2016, it does not cover Raspberry 3B which was released in February 2016, nor does the book discuss the programs and features from Raspbian Jessie that was released on September 29, 2015. Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk PDF

The explanation on how to initially load Raspbian to the SD card is missing the detail that is carefully explained on a file in the NOOBS unzipped folder entitled INSTRUCTIONS-README.txt. These detailed instructions admonish the user to download and use the industry-standard formatting tool for SD cards. Although the author shouldn’t have to duplicate the content, he should warn the user to carefully read and follow the instructions.

Section 3 on the Raspbian operating system is a good start. I was hoping to learn more about it than is covered in the 40 pages that the author devotes to this important topic.

Where the book really shines is using Python, and the author has many interesting examples and solutions. This portion of the book is definitely 5*.

One picky note is that the author advises the use of the IDLE Python Integrated Development Environment (IDE); however, there is an additional one included called Geany that is excellent, easy to use, and possibly even more comprehensive. Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk PDF

Do I recommend buying the book? Yes, but I would have hoped it would cover more breadth. I want to know more about my Raspberry Pi 3B than this book covers.

About the Author

Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. Simon spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens. Simon is now a full time author and his books include ‘Getting Started with IOIO’, ’30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius’, ’15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius’ and ‘Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius’.

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