Officially launched in February 2012, the Raspberry Pi personal computer took the world by storm, selling out the 10,000 available units immediately. It is an inexpensive credit card–sized exposed circuit board, a fully programmable PC running the free open source Linux operating system. The Raspberry Pi can connect to the Internet, can be plugged into a TV, and costs around $35.

Originally created to spark schoolchildren’s interest in computers, the Raspberry Pi has caught the attention of home hobbyist, entrepreneurs, and educators worldwide. Estimates put the sales figures around 1 million units as of February 2013.

The official programming language of the Raspberry Pi is Python. Python is a flexible programming language that ...

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