This is my review of the book Programming the Raspberry Pi by Simon Monk, which I was given for my birthday a few weeks ago, and I have been reading, dipping into, over the last few weeks. I have had a Pi for a few months now and “play” when I have time.
It is a book that one one hand is simple and easy to understand on the other gives glimpses of possibilities that make one want to go off and investigate. In my case I am interested in the automation and robotic possibilities of the Pi and Simon provides plenty of links to such things.
Anyway I am digressing from the review. The subheading for the book is getting started with Python and the book goes through all the majority of basic areas of Python very briefly. He also introduces the Pygame library, and as with several of the concepts he mentions immediately recommends another book. This is good and bad. Good in so much as having wet ones appetite he gives guidance as to where to go next. Bad in so much this can be very frustrating.
So the book is essentially a sign post pointing the direction to various things that can be done with a Raspberry Pi and saying that to follow up the majority of things mentioned there will probably be further reading, expense, and components required. This is probably obvious to anyone who knows anything about a Pi but not so to someone who does not and just wants to give a gift to a Pi owner.
If one wants to read a Python Tutorial which goes into a bit more depth then
Hands on Python Tutorial by Dr Andrew Harrington this is my review of one I read a couple of months ago and is more detailed than Simon's.
So as the saying goes it does what it says on the tin, but this might not be understood, as to what this actually is. That being said I would recommended it to any budding Pi owner as it is not that expensive and does cover all the basic concepts.
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