Raspberry Pi in easy steps


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Learn how to set up your Raspberry Pi, program with Python, animate with Scratch, having fun creating your own applications, and more!

192 pages
By: Mike McGrath
Publication Date: February 27, 2013

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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 Python 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.

Source code files from the examples featured in this book are available to download free for checking against your own work.


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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.

  1. Getting started
  2. Exploring the desktop
  3. Commanding the system
  4. Animating with Scratch
  5. Programming with Python
  6. Importing modules
  7. Producing games
  8. Developing windowed apps
  9. Driving header pins


Freely download the original source code for checking against your own work from our Downloads page

Reviews from Amazon readers:

5 stars Good Starter Book
I originally borrowed this book from my local library and then bought Eben’s User Guide! But this book had so much extra in it that I ended up buying this too. Only complaint is that it doesn’t list the HDMI codes – but these are available on the web anyway.

5 stars Raspberry Pi book
This is just great! It spells all the stages of setting up, what not to do and what you MUST do in very clear steps. I think it should be incorporated in every school library

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