Raspberry Pi Bootcamp: For the Beginner

Video description

This course is an introduction to the Raspberry Pi platform. It uses the latest Raspberry Pi 3 and targets all levels, including people simply interested in learning about the Raspberry Pi and its capabilities. After completing this course:

• You will understand all the components needed to get your Raspberry Pi up-and-running and how to connect them

• You will learn how to easily prepare an SD card and flash it for any operating system for the Pi

• You will learn to work with GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) pins and programmatically control them with Python

• You will be able to build simple circuits with an LED and interface them to GPIO pins

• You will build a fully functioning gaming system with RetroPie to play old Nintendo, Sega, and PlayStation games and games from many other older consoles.

• You will build a Personal Digital Assistant or Google Home Clone using the Google Assistant API complete with robust speech recognition

• You will learn about the different types of Raspberry Pi model

• You will learn the difference between the Arduino and Raspberry Pi and when each should be used

• Lots more bonus content is included and new content will be added over time

The course will benefit anyone who wants to learn and explore the Raspberry Pi.

What You Will Learn

  • Build a gaming system with Raspberry Pi
  • Understand how to work with GPIO pins and external peripherals
  • Install and configure a web server
  • Learn how to control circuits and peripherals over the internet via a web page


Anyone who is interested in mastering the Raspberry Pi, including students and electronics hobbyists.

About The Author

Lee Assam: Lee Assam holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master's degree in computer science. He has taught at universities on topics ranging from software development to electrical engineering and prototyping. He likes coming up with new ideas and prototyping them using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms. His passion for innovation has resulted in several wins in Hack Day competitions. He is a US patent holder and has numerous US patent applications currently being reviewed.

Lee tries to understand how the latest technology can be used to solve business problems and challenges in creative ways. His hobby is Arduino and the Internet of Things. He has been playing around with the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi platforms since their inception, and he uses his electrical engineering background coupled with software development skills to create and develop exciting projects. He prefers a hands-on, project-based learning approach and uses his teaching background to make concepts fun and entertaining while being educational and informative at the same time.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Introduction
    1. Intro Video
    2. What is a Raspberry Pi?
  2. Chapter 2 : Setting up your Raspberry Pi
    1. Understanding SD Cards
    2. Download and install Etcher
    3. Downloading Raspbian
    4. Flashing our SD Card with Etcher
    5. Connecting the components
  3. Chapter 3 : Raspbian setup and configuration
    1. First Boot Up
    2. Connecting to a network and configuring preferences
    3. Getting familiar with Raspbian
  4. Chapter 4 : Connecting remotely to your Raspberry Pi
    1. Understanding how remote connections can occur
    2. Secure Shell (SSH)
    3. Virtual Network Computing (VNC)
  5. Chapter 5 : Using GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) pins
    1. Introduction to GPIO pins
    2. Powering an LED from your GPIO pins
  6. Chapter 6 : Programmatically controlling GPIO pins
    1. Wiring change in our circuit
    2. Getting the project resources
    3. Running the program to turn our LED on
    4. Running the program to blink our LED
  7. Chapter 7 : Installing a Web Server
    1. Install and setup Apache
    2. Install and setup PHP
  8. Chapter 8 : Controlling Circuits from a Web Page
    1. Giving the Apache user advanced privileges
    2. Turning our LED on from a Web Page
    3. Python / PHP code review for LED on/off control
    4. Blinking our LED from Web Page Controls
    5. Python / PHP code review for LED blink control
  9. Chapter 9 : Set up your own Gaming System using the Raspberry Pi
    1. Introduction to RetroPie
    2. Components needed
    3. Downloading RetroPie and Flashing our SD Card
    4. Setup Components
    5. Setting up the Gamepad or Controller
    6. Configuring RetroPie
    7. Understanding the process of getting ROMS and how they need to be setup
    8. Preparing and Installing ROMs
    9. Play Games!
  10. Chapter 10 : Creating a Google Home Clone
    1. Hardware components that will be needed
    2. Preparing our SD card
    3. Connecting our components
    4. Software configuration
    5. Doing the audio and microphone check
    6. Setup in the Google Cloud Console
    7. Connecting our push button switch
    8. Try it out! Ask it anything!

Product information

  • Title: Raspberry Pi Bootcamp: For the Beginner
  • Author(s): Lee Assam
  • Release date: January 2019
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781838554132