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Programming the Raspberry Pi with Perl; eBook fundraiser

by stevieb (Abbot)
on Mar 27, 2018 at 15:56 UTC ( #1211860=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Esteemed Monks...

A few weeks back, choroba pointed out to me that Timm Murray was proposing to write an eBook for using Perl on the Raspberry Pi. Due to my extensive work on that platform over the last two-plus years, I had keen interest in the project.

Timm will be writing the bulk of the content using various distributions including my RPi::WiringPi along with all its related distributions, and I will be adding at least one chapter to cover my indoor grow room single-webpage environment controller, as well as performing editing duties and testing of the code.

We've been working together for a couple of weeks now, and today, I'm proud to announce the official launching of the fundraiser for the new book. Here's Timm's official announcement.

Whether you're interested in working on the Raspberry Pi, or just want to donate to a good cause for other Perl hackers, please have a look.



Disclaimer: I feel kind of awkward posting a campaign for funding (it's my first time ever). I did discuss this post prior to posting it with the gods however, and they felt it was appropriate.

Update: If you click this link, it'll pre-load a super-search for all of my root-level posts related to my work on the Pi here at Perlmonks. I am uncertain of how to make it direct you to the list specifically, so you just have to click the "Search" button on the resulting page.

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Re: Programming the Raspberry Pi with Perl; eBook fundraiser
by stevieb (Abbot) on Apr 04, 2018 at 17:27 UTC

    Well, thanks to all the generous donations, we've reached just a hair under half of our stated goal within the first week!

    We have decided to set a stretch goal. If we surpass our minimum $2,500 USD and get up to $4,000 USD, we will be adding three new chapters.

    Timm will add one on Infrared Remote Control, and another focusing on using MQTT: a machine-to-machine (M2M)/"Internet of Things" connectivity protocol.

    I will add a chapter that will step-by-step explain how to read and understand the relevant portions of a datasheet for an Integrated Circuit (IC) or some form of sensor, how to communicate/manipulate and otherwise act on the device's registers in C, the process of converting the working C code into XS, and finally creating a new Perl distribution for the device.

    Thank you for all of the support!


Re: Programming the Raspberry Pi with Perl; eBook fundraiser
by stevieb (Abbot) on Apr 23, 2018 at 19:01 UTC

    Well, thanks to all of the very generous people who contributed to the fundraiser, thank you, we've reached the initial goal!!!

    Three days left, so I doubt will hit the next target, but I'm impressed by and appreciative of all of my fellow Perl hackers who had the heart (and financial resources) to help us along.

    Thanks again, and have a great week!


Re: Programming the Raspberry Pi with Perl; eBook fundraiser
by Laurent_R (Canon) on Apr 03, 2018 at 09:21 UTC
    Very good idea ++.

    I truly hope that this fundraising campaign will succeed and am looking forward to receiving the e-book.

      Thank you very much, Laurent_R!

      Timm will be announcing either today or tomorrow a notice regarding a few possible chapter additions and other info. I'll post it here when it happens.



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