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Re: Suggested learning manuals

Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:47 pm

How do guys and gals (yay me on finally getting around to posting).

I've had a look around but it seems this is a new question. What I'm looking for is a couple of good manuals to stash on my shelf to help me learn how to R-Pi.

It has to be for the noobiest of the noobs. I mean I've done a little copying of BASIC programs back in my Amstrad CPC days, I maybe once or twice messed about in my Amiga's CLI without a clue as to what I was doing, and I've tried making a game with a GUI based creator. Thats literally it.

I've never touched, or even seen anything Linux or Python before, but in my old age I really want to sit and learn this stuff, even if it's just to make a simple 8 bit style game of some sort.

I've seen the "...... for dummies" books, but are they they ones to go for or are they market hype traps?

Thanks for any help and suggestions.

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Re: Suggested learning manuals

Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:00 pm

There is a lot of good info on how to get started on our wiki:

For python, there are many websites where you can learn how to program. Programming for the Pi is no different then programming for a regular PC (except if you want to mess around with the GPIO functions). If you prefer books, go to your local library. I"m sure they have books on python. I can"t really suggest a book, as I"ve gathered all my python knowledge via the internet and by working together on some projects with a classmate who also uses python.

Working with linux is not hard either. You may need to get used to some things, but it really isn't much different from working with Windows or any other graphic OS.


Oh, screw the quotation marks...
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Re: Suggested learning manuals

Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:08 pm

Its nice to have a hard copy in your hands (for bedtime reading, lol). So I took a look at amazon, and this Python book got good reviews, so I asked for it as a birthday present :;sr=1-1

Various male/female 40- and 26-way GPIO header for sale here ( IDEAL FOR YOUR PiZero ):

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Re: Suggested learning manuals

Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:51 pm

I'm working my way through one of the free MIT OpenCourseWare courses. It's called Introduction to Computer Science and Programming and uses Python. Hopefully it'll teach me some good programming habits as well as Python. Link at:

I'm looking forward to doing my "homework" on my R Pi, when it arrives.


Update: There's a newer course than the one I listed above. It's basically the same course but 2011.

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