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9781840785814 Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi 3 in easy steps
By Mike McGrath
Publication date: June 8th, 2016
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-729-0

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About the book

The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive programmable credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It can be used for many of the things that your PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and playing games, but its real purpose is to inspire children (and adults) to learn how to program. Over five million Raspberry Pis have been sold worldwide, so far!

Raspberry Pi 3 in easy steps starts with the basic components you’ll need, setting up the system and logging into the console. Then, in easy steps, it introduces you to the Raspbian operating system that is optimized for the Raspberry Pi. You'll learn how to customize the look and feel of your system, how to navigate the file system, and how to use the powerful system ‘shell’ to make things happen for you. The new GPIO interface is fully described, and the new NOOBS installer is also described for setup.

Raspberry Pi 3 in easy steps enables complete beginners to create their very own computer programs with the Scratch visual programming environment. It also instructs programming in the high-level (human-readable) Python programming language, which is processed by the Python ‘interpreter’ to produce results fast. Examples demonstrate how to use the included Python ‘pygame’ module, to make your own games, and how to use the included 'Tkinter’ module to create graphical windowed apps.

Raspberry Pi 3 in easy steps also illustrates how to control electrical input and output on the Raspberry Pi header from Python scripts, including lighting a lamp, adding more buttons and controlling projects. With the knowledge gained from this book the reader can confidently advance to any future electronic Raspberry Pi project or other explore other programming environments.

Covers the latest versions of Python.

About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

 

9781840785968Python in easy steps
By Mike McGrath
Publication date: July 25, 2013
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-596-8

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About the book

Python in easy steps instructs you how to program in the powerful Python language, giving complete examples that illustrate each aspect with colourized source code. It begins by explaining how to install the free Python interpreter so you can quickly begin to create your own executable programs by copying the book's examples. It demonstrates all the Python language basics before moving on to provide examples of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and CGI scripting to handle web form data. The book concludes by demonstrating how you can use your acquired knowledge to create and deploy graphical windowed applications.

Python in easy steps makes no assumption you have previous knowledge of any programming language so it's ideal for the newcomer to computer programming. It has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to programmers moving from another programming language, and to the student who is studying Python programming at school or college, and to those seeking a career in computing who need a fundamental understanding of computer programming.

Python is the language used to program the Raspberry Pi - covered by Raspberry Pi in easy steps.

About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

 

9781840786125Scratch Programming in easy steps
By Sean McManus
Publication date: October 3rd 2013
Pages: 216
ISBN: 978-1-84078-612-5

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About the book

Scratch Programming in easy steps introduces readers to Scratch, a programming language that is widely used on the Raspberry Pi and in UK schools and begins with a foreword by Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, which created Scratch.

Scratch makes it easy to create your own games, animations, music, art or applications. It’s the perfect way to learn programming because it takes away a lot of the complexity. That means you can focus on having great ideas and bringing them to life. With this book as your companion, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design, build and share your own programs
  • Create addictive arcade games, quizzes and word games
  • Make computer-generated art
  • Play your favourite music and compose your own tunes
  • Use variables, lists, loops, broadcasts and operators to create sophisticated software
  • Avoid common programming pitfalls and bugs
  • Interact with webcam video and the sensors on a PicoBoard

This book is an in-depth guide to both the new web-based Scratch 2.0, and Scratch 1.4, as used on the Raspberry Pi. With no prior knowledge needed, this book takes you from scratch to Scratcher!

About the author

Sean McManus writes inspiring books about business and technology. His books include Web Design in easy steps and he has written for magazines including Internet Magazine, Personal Computer World, and Internet Works.

 

9781840787146Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps
By Sean McManus
Publication date: August 12th, 2016
Pages: 180
ISBN: 978-1-84078-714-6

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About the book

Millions of children and young people worldwide are using Scratch to make their own games and animations.

Following on from the success of Scratch Programming in easy stepsCool Scratch Projects in easy steps gives you great ideas to create computer games and other projects that’ll impress your friends and family – and you’ll have endless fun creating and playing them! The book provides step-by-step instructions for building projects that show off some of the cool things you can do with Scratch.

It starts with two simple projects to get you started. Find out how to:

  • Make a game with animated cartoon characters
  • Build a drum machine and make random music
  • Use anaglyph glasses for 3D effects and 3D Art
  • Design amazing mazes in a 3D environment

About the author

Sean McManus writes inspiring books about business and technology. His books include Scratch Programming in easy steps and Web Design in easy steps and he has written for magazines including The MagPi, Raspberry Pi Geek, and Internet Magazine. Sean is also a Code Club volunteer.

 

9781840786422Coding for Beginners in easy steps

Publication: May 19th, 2015
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-184078-642-2

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About the book

Coding for Beginners in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone, of any age, who wants to begin coding computer programs. You need have no previous knowledge of any computer programming language so it's ideal for the newcomer, including youngsters needing to learn programming basics for the school curriculum.

Coding for Beginners in easy steps instructs you how to write code to create your own computer programs. It contains separate chapters demonstrating how to store information in data structures, how to control program flow using control structures, and how to create re-usable blocks of code in program functions. There are complete step-by-step example programs that demonstrate each aspect of coding, together with screenshots that illustrate the actual output when each program has been executed.

Coding for Beginners in easy steps begins by explaining how to easily create a programming environment on your own computer, so you can quickly begin to create your own working programs by copying the book's examples. After demonstrating the essential building blocks of computer programming it describes how to code powerful algorithms and demonstrates how to code classes for Object Oriented Programming (OOP). The examples throughout this book feature the popular Python programming language but additionally the final chapter demonstrates a comparison example in the C, C++, and Java programming languages to give you a rounded view of computer coding.

The code in the listed steps within the book is colour-coded to precisely match the default colour-coding of the Python IDLE editor, making it easier for beginners to grasp.

By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of coding and be able to write your own computer programs that can be run on any compatible computer.

The Python 3.x language is under active development so frequent new releases are made available as small improvements are added to the language and Coding for Beginners in easy steps and Python in easy steps both feature the very latest versions of Python at the time of publication. Python development is one of evolution, rather than revolution, so the examples provided in these books can be used in subsequent releases – simply download the latest version of Python then follow the easy steps.

About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

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