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9781840785814 Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi in easy steps
By Mike McGrath
Publication date: February 27, 2013
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-581-4
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About the book

The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, basic, 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 grown-ups) to learn how to program. Over five million Raspberry Pis have been sold worldwide, so far!

Raspberry Pi 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 covers:

  • Exploring the desktop, including understanding the Taskbar, customizing the look and feel, examining the filesystem, and browsing the internet
  • Commanding the system, including getting applications, saving web pages, reading and writing text, finding files, adding users, changing permissions, and employing the shell
  • Animating with Scratch – a fun learning environment that enables complete beginners to create computer programs visually without writing any code
  • Programming with Python – a high-level (human-readable) programming language that is processed by the Python ‘interpreter’ to produce results fast
  • Producing games – Raspberry Pi ships with a selection of Python games for you to try, but also includes the Python ‘pygame’ module that you can use to make your own games, which is covered in Raspberry Pi in easy steps
  • Developing windowed apps with Tkinter, the standard Python module that is shipped with the Raspberry Pi, that you can use to create graphical applications
  • Driving header pins – 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

Use Raspberry Pi in easy steps to have fun going back to basics and creating your own applications.

 

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

 

View Table of Contents, Foreword by Mitchel Resnick, and sample chapter

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.

 

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.

 

 

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