Raspberry Pi Projects: a big book by Andrew Robinson and Mike Cook

Ben here – Liz is currently non-functional due to her body having no idea what time it was when she arrived at the office this morning after landing back from San Francisco at the weekend.

Raspberry Pi Projects is a fantastic book from Wiley, the publishers of Eben and Gareth’s Raspberry Pi User Guide and Carrie Anne’s Adventures in Raspberry Pi. It’s written by two great Pioneers: Dr. Andrew Robinson (creator of PiFace) and Mike Cook (co-author of Raspberry Pi for Dummies and creator of many awesome hardware projects).

The book comprises of 16 practical software and hardware projects for the Raspberry Pi – all put together and documented by Andrew and Mike (with help) that are designed to help you better understand the system and become more confident in development of a range of projects. The projects are handily presented in rough order of difficulty, starting with the easier ones to get you going – and move on to more complex ones.

The book covers interactive text based games in Python, graphical games with PyGame, interactive game hardware, application with PiFace Digital, making a toy chicken send tweets, chaotic pendulum hamonographs, car racing and more – as well as a chapter on Minecraft by Sean McManus, and Home Automation by Jonathan Evans.

I wrote on here recently about things you can do with your Raspberry Pi – and this book is crammed full of amazing examples. Books like this and Carrie Anne’s will guide you through a given project and provide you with learning points along the way, which is a great way to learn about Linux, Python, hardware hacking or anything. Beginner or not you’ll learn lots by following the guide set out by experts such as these.

Here are some examples of the projects Mike put together:

PacMan made in Python PyGame:

Disco lights:

See more previews of the contents of the book on Mike’s blog!

Raspberry Pi Projects is available from Amazon and also as a two-part e-book from Wiley: Part 1 & Part 2


bertwert avatar

The cover looks familiar…

bertwert avatar

The Raspberry Pi User Guide…
The cover is so similar!

Jim Manley avatar

It could be worse – instead of Wiley, these books could be published by Wile E. Coyote with illustrations by the Acme Anvil Company (Meep-meep! Flibballallilip! Pih-chooo!) :lol:

stick avatar

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…
Why aren’t all these books in the swag store?

Andrew Oakley avatar

Y’know, I enjoy a bit of death metal as much as the next 40-something ex-goth-rocker, but the audio accompanying the second video is in no way “disco” and barely “music”. I found it strangely reminiscent of the before scene from”Goth2Boss”. Except that Cradle of Filth are significantly better.

Mike Cook avatar

“but the audio accompanying the second video is in no way “disco” ”

Depends on what sort of disco you go to. Never been to an indi disco? You should try it some time it might open your mind. This is indi rock circa 1999, great bunch of lads.

” and barely “music” ”
And what sort of restrictive box would you call music? – I can get much more weird that that.

Colin Allison avatar

Wishing Liz a speedy recovery!

W. H. Heydt avatar

Just help Liz out…it’s a bit short of 8:30 AM in San Francisco as I write this.

James Phillips avatar

Hi, I have bought this book and am loving it, very well written and easy to follow for a novice like me !! I am having some difficulty though with the Twittering Toy project. If there anyway you could have a look at the post entitled ‘Rpi projects: Help with twittering chicken!” within the trouble shooting forum on raspberrypi.org and add any comments. It is not user error !! Well not from this user (I think!!)

Many thanks and kind regards


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