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Raspberry Pi For Dummies

Published 08-24-2021

A recipe for having fun and getting things done with the Raspberry Pi 

The Raspberry Pi makes it easy to learn about computers and computer programming, and Raspberry Pi For Dummies makes it even easier! Using this extremely affordable and compact computer, you can learn to code in languages like Scratch and Python, explore how electronics work, create computer-generated buildings in Minecraft and music in Sonic Pic, become Linux-savvy, make Internet-of-Things devices, or just play around! This book gets you up and running on your Raspberry Pi, starting with setting it up, downloading the operating system, and using the desktop environment. Then, the only limit is your imagination! It doesn’t matter whether you have a Raspberry Pi 4, Raspberry Pi 400, Raspberry Pi Zero W or an older model: we’ve got you covered. 

Raspberry Pi For Dummies explores the latest technology—the Raspberry Pi 4 and 400, Scratch 3 programming language, new games bundled with the Raspberry Pi, and the hottest Add-Ons out there. This introductory guide is the perfect place to start if you want to get a taste of everything the Raspberry Pi can do! 

  • Set up your Raspberry Pi, install the operating system, and connect to the Internet 
  • Learn the basics of the Linux desktop and Linux shell so you can program, work, and play  
  • Use Python, Scratch, and Sonic Pi to write your first programs and make games and digital music 
  • Discover how circuits work hand-in-hand with your Pi 

If you want to make the most of the Raspberry Pi for school, work, or play, you’ll love this easy-to-read reference.

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Arduino For Dummies

Published 09-12-2018

Bring your ideas to life with the latest Arduino hardware and software

Arduino is an affordable and readily available hardware development platform based around an open source, programmable circuit board. You can combine this programmable chip with a variety of sensors and actuators to sense your environment around you and control lights, motors, and sound. This flexible and easy-to-use combination of hardware and software can be used to create interactive robots, product prototypes and electronic artwork, whether you’re an artist, designer or tinkerer.

Arduino For Dummies is a great place to start if you want to find out about Arduino and make the most of its incredible capabilities. It helps you become familiar with Arduino and what it involves, and offers inspiration for completing new and exciting projects.

•     Covers the latest software and hardware currently on the market

•     Includes updated examples and circuit board diagrams in addition to new resource chapters

•     Offers simple examples to teach fundamentals needed to move onto more advanced topics

•     Helps you grasp what’s possible with this fantastic little board

Whether you’re a teacher, student, programmer, hobbyist, hacker, engineer, designer, or scientist, get ready to learn the latest this new technology has to offer! 

 

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Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies

Published 07-13-2015

Join the Raspberry revolution with these fun and easy Pi projects

The Raspberry Pi has opened up a whole new world of innovation for everyone from hardware hackers and programmers to students, hobbyists, engineers, and beyond. Featuring a variety of hands-on projects, this easy-to-understand guide walks you through every step of the design process and will have you creating like a Raspberry Pi pro in no time. You’ll learn how to prepare your workspace, assemble the necessary tools, work with test equipment, and find your way around the Raspberry Pi before moving on to a series of fun, lively projects that brings some power to your plain ol’ Pi.

  • Introduces Raspberry Pi basics and gives you a solid understanding of all the essentials you’ll need to take on your first project
  • Includes an array of fun and useful projects that show you how to do everything from creating a magic light wand to enhancing your designs with Lego sensors, installing and writing games for the RISC OS, building a transistor tester, and more
  • Provides an easy, hands-on approach to learning more about electronics, programming, and interaction design for Makers and innovators of all ages

Bring the power of Pi to your next cool creation with Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies!

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Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

Published 02-03-2009

If you’ve dreamed about having a customized multimedia PC or one tricked out for your favorite games, build your own and make your dreams come true! Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies makes it easy.

Not only is building your own PC a really rewarding project, it can also save you a nice chunk of cash. This step-by-step guide helps you decide what you need, teaches you what all those computer terms mean, and tells you exactly how to put the pieces together. It shows you:

  • What tools you need (not as many as you might think!)
  • All about operating systems
  • How to install CD and DVD drives
  • The scoop on sound and video, and how to put a sound system together from start to finish
  • How to connect a monitor and install a modem
  • All about setting up and configuring the hard drive
  • Secrets for securing your system, and more

Included is a bonus DVD showing you how to install the motherboard, CPU, RAM, ports, hard drive, video and sound cards, a DVD drive, and more. With Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, you can have the computer you want plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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