Exploring BeagleBone

Exploring BeagleBone : Tools and Techniques for Building with Embedded Linux

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In-depth instruction and practical techniques for building with the BeagleBone embedded Linux platform Exploring BeagleBone is a hands-on guide to bringing gadgets, gizmos, and robots to life using the popular BeagleBone embedded Linux platform. Comprehensive content and deep detail provide more than just a BeagleBone instruction manual you ll also learn the underlying engineering techniques that will allow you to create your own projects. The book begins with a foundational primer on essential skills, and then gradually moves into communication, control, and advanced applications using C/C++, allowing you to learn at your own pace. In addition, the book s companion website features instructional videos, source code, discussion forums, and more, to ensure that you have everything you need. The BeagleBone s small size, high performance, low cost, and extreme adaptability have made it a favorite development platform, and the Linux software base allows for complex yet flexible functionality. The BeagleBone has applications in smart buildings, robot control, environmental sensing, to name a few; and, expansion boards and peripherals dramatically increase the possibilities.
Exploring BeagleBone provides a reader-friendly guide to the device, including a crash course in computer engineering. While following step by step, you can: * Get up to speed on embedded Linux, electronics, and programming * Master interfacing electronic circuits, buses and modules, with practical examples * Explore the Internet-connected BeagleBone and the BeagleBone with a display * Apply the BeagleBone to sensing applications, including video and sound * Explore the BeagleBone s Programmable Real-Time Controllers Hands-on learning helps ensure that your new skills stay with you, allowing you to design with electronics, modules, or peripherals even beyond the BeagleBone. Insightful guidance and online peer support help you transition from beginner to expert as you master the techniques presented in Exploring BeagleBone, the practical handbook for the popular computing platform.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 188 x 235 x 28mm | 1,008g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118935128
  • 9781118935125
  • 194,892

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"Loaded with helpful information and coding tutorials, this exploration around the extensive capabilities of BeagleBoneBlack has me excited to connect everything I encounter to theInternet."
-- Christine Long, BeagleBoard.orgFoundation

"What I've learned on this topic has taken me adecade of self-study culling through books and release notes andvarious platforms. Here, you've demystified it all in thespan of a single (large) volume."
-- Brian DeLacey, founder of the IoTFestival

"This wonderful book is at the nexus of so many of theskills that are vital to today's computer scientists, electrical engineers, and innovators of all stripes as they turntheir ideas into transformative creations."
-- Prof Ray Simar, Professor in the Practice ofDigital Signal Processing Architecture, Rice University, Texas

"Derek Molloy's, Exploring BeagleBone, is THE bookto go to if you are interested in learning about embedded Linuxprogramming and how to use it to exploit the powerful capabilitiesof the BeagleBone single board computer."
-- Prof. Burford Furman, San José StateUniversity, California


Whatever applications you can dream up, the BeagleBone can helpyou build them. This hands-on guide teaches you the essentialBeagleBone skills and underlying engineering principles. It thentakes you into interfacing, communication, and control so that youcan create your own projects. Finally, you'll explore usingthe BeagleBone for advanced applications such as buildingInternet-of-Things systems and real-time interfacing. With hands-onexamples and outstanding guidance, this book will give you thein-depth knowledge to do great things with the BeagleBone.

Features a detailed review of the Linux, electronics, andprogramming skills required to master the BeagleBoneThoroughly examines interfacing the BeagleBone to almost anytype of circuit or deviceDemonstrates advanced BeagleBone applications such as networkcommunications; rich user interfaces; images, video, and audio; andreal-time interfacing using the BeagleBone's PRU-ICSSTeaches transferrable essential skills to help you design withelectronics, modules, or peripherals that can be used even beyondthe BeagleBoneOffers a strong "learn-by-doing" approach thatsupports both beginners and power users

Visit the companion website atwww.exploringbeaglebone.com for source code, instructionalvideos, online peer discussions, and more!
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Table of contents

Introduction xxv Part I BeagleBone Basics 1 Chapter 1 The BeagleBone Hardware 3 Introduction to the Platform 3 Who Should Use the BeagleBone 5 When to Use the BeagleBone 6 When You Should Not Use the BeagleBone 6 BeagleBone Documentation 7 The BeagleBone Hardware 8 BeagleBone Versions 9 The BeagleBone Black Hardware 11 BeagleBone Accessories 14 Highly Recommended Accessories 14 Micro?]SD Card (for Flashing the BBB) 14 External 5V Power Supply (for Flashing and Peripherals) 15 Ethernet Cable (for Network Connection) 15 HDMI Cable (for Connection to Monitors/Televisions) 15 USB to Serial UART TTL 3.3 V (for Finding Problems) 16 Optional Accessories 17 USB Hub (to Connect Several USB Devices to a USB Host) 17 Micro-HDMI to VGA adapters (for VGA Video and Sound) 17 Wi-Fi Adapters (for Wireless Networking) 18 USB Webcam (for Capturing Images and Streaming Video) 18 USB Keyboard and Mouse (for General-Purpose Computing) 18 Capes 19 How to Destroy Your BeagleBone! 20 Summary 22 Support 22 Chapter 2 The BeagleBone Black Software 23 Linux on the BeagleBone 24 Linux Distributions 24 Communicating with the BBB 25 Installing Drivers 26 Network Connections 26 Internet?]over?]USB 26 Regular Ethernet 29 Ethernet Crossover Cable 30 Communicating with the BBB 31 Serial Connection over USB 31 Serial Connection with the USB?]to?]TTL 3.3 V Cable 33 Connecting through Secure Shell (SSH) 33 Secure Shell Connections using PuTTY 34 Chrome Apps: Secure Shell Client 34 Transferring Files Using PuTTY/psftp over SSH 35 Controlling the BeagleBone 37 Basic Linux Commands 37 First Steps 37 Basic File System Commands 38 Environment Variables 40 Basic File Editing 41 What Time Is It? 42 Package Management 44 Interacting with the BBB On?]board LEDs 45 Shutdown 47 Node.js, Cloud9, and BoneScript 48 Introduction to Node.js 48 Introduction to the Cloud9 IDE 50 Introduction to BoneScript 51 Summary 52 Further Reading 53 Chapter 3 Exploring Embedded Linux Systems 55 Embedded Linux Basics 55 What Embedded Linux Offers 57 Is Linux Open Source and Free? 57 Booting the BeagleBone 58 The BeagleBone Bootloaders 58 Kernel Space and User Space 62 System V init (SysVinit) 63 Managing Linux Systems 67 The Super User 67 System Administration 68 The Linux File System 68 Linking to Files and Directories 69 Users and Groups 71 File System Permissions 74 Exploring the File System 75 Commands for File Systems 75 find and whereis 81 more or less 82 Linux Commands 82 Standard Input and Output Redirection (>, ", and
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About Derek Molloy

Dr. Derek Molloy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University, Ireland. Derek produces a popular YouTube series on the BeagleBone platform and a wide variety of embedded Linux topics. His videos and personal blog have introduced millions of people to the BeagleBone, embedded Linux, and digital electronics.
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