Rasberry PI User Guide 4th Edition

Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree

Published by
ISBN 978-1119264361
RRP £20.99
Reviewed by A P Sutcliffe MSc CCI, MBCS

9 out of 10

The Raspberry Pi is a remarkable device; a small credit card-sized circuit board that can be a fully functional computer. When it was first released, it proved to be an instant success, with manufacturers unable to keep up with demand from those that were intrigued by the possibilities of the small machine.

The Pi was initially developed with the intention of encouraging younger people to learn about the potential of computer programming; and it proved to be highly effective, as it was so easy for even the youngest or most inexperienced to experiment and create useful programs. This user guide was written by the creator of the Pi, and this version has been updated to include details of the later models.

The book is structured in a way to allow novices to get to grips with basic tasks to quickly get the minicomputer up and running. However, it also provides details on adding other components, to allow the learner to more fully explore to power of the Raspberry Pi, and to develop fully functioning systems to perform work. The illustrations are easy to follow and they provide a comprehensive guide to the various steps required.

The authors offer troubleshooting guidance for when things don’t quite go to plan in the earlier phase; and this would be of considerable value to those that are patient enough to follow the required stages, and could be considered a useful part of the learning process.

The book also provides sufficient introduction to the Linux Operating System and administration to allow a significant number of projects to be undertaken; although it is not intended to be a totally comprehensive guide. It offers suggestions on downloading and installing key open source software to perform many tasks to show the versatility of the PI, as well as some simple programming tasks to maintain the user’s interest for many hours.

I suspect that due to the size of the book, some of the younger people involved in the process might not be too keen to fully absorb the information contained, preferring to experiment on their own. However, it could provide an authoritative resource, of considerable significance to parents or teachers.

I consider this to be an excellent book, definitely worth purchasing before getting your own Raspberry Pi; and it’s one that will help you to learn more about its potential.

Further information: Wiley

July 2018