make an internet of things web application with your raspberry pi from the ground up

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Raspberry Pi: Full Stack is a comprehensive project course that will teach you how to build a modern Internet-of-Things application that includes a local web server application written in Python and JavaScript, sensors, buttons and LEDs, and Cloud services like If-This-Then-That, Google Sheets, Google Charts, Plotly.

Use the low-cost nRF24 transceiver to enable radio communications between the Raspberry Pi and Arduino nodes.

Video course

eBook

This course and book will take you on a whirlwind tour of full-stack web application development on the Raspberry Pi.

You will learn how to build this application from the ground up, and gain experience and knowledge with technologies such as...


  • The Linux operating system and the command line, 
  • The Python programming language,
  • The Raspberry Pi General Purpose Input Output pins (GPIOs), 
  • The Nginx web server,
  • The Flask Python web application microframework,
  • JQuery and CSS for creating user interfaces,
  • How to deal with timezones, 
  • How to create charts with Plotly and Google Charts, 
  • How to do datalogging with Google Sheet, 
  • How to create applets with IFTTT,
  • How to secure your application with SSL.

There is no other course on the Internet that I know about that offers all this content, in a single project.


But that's not where this course ends...

In this course, you will also learn how to setup a remote wireless Arduino sensor node, and collect data from it. Your Raspberry Pi web application  can then process the Arduino node data in the same way it processes data from its on-board sensor.

What hardware will you need?

This course requires a Raspberry Pi and other componets to complete.


This hardware is not included in this course, and you must source it seperately.


You can find a complete listing of the hardware you will need for this course in the course hardware page.


In summary, you will need these components:


  • Any Raspberry Pi. We have tested this project with the Raspberry Pi 4, 3, 2, 1, as well as the Raspberry Pi Zero W.
  • An Arduino Uno or compatible for the remote wireless node.
  • 2 x DHT22 sensors.
  • 2 x nRF24 transceivers.
  • Assorted breadboard-friendly momentary buttons, LEDs, and resistors.
  • Two mini breadboards.

Raspberry Pi Full Stack will teach you multiple skills that are essential in building non-trivial web and Internet of Things applications.


But beyond that, the application itself is a platform which you can extend in many varied ways. This project is just the start of what you can do with a Raspberry Pi and the software and hardware components that you will learn about.


For example, you can extend the Raspberry Pi Full Stack application to do things like:


  • Automate your home based on sensor readings from remote Arduino nodes and IFTTT. Use relays to control fans and lights, or electric locks to open/close doors.
  • Store environment data to Google Sheet that originate from multiple Arduino nodes. Analyze the data and optimize your home's heating and cooling plan.
  • Use Arduino nodes to measure soil moisture in a plant pot and alert you if it falls below a threshold.
  • Receive email or SMS alerts when arbitrary environment thresholds are met.
  • Build a home automation dashboard that gives you current and historical sensor data from multiple locations in your home.
  • Add your idea here: ___________________________________________

Testimonials
What some of our students say about Raspberry Pi Full Stack

Instructor is very thorough and clear and also covers some peripheral material which is very beneficial in the learner. I am happy to see that he covers both OS and Windows processes with the same level of detail.

Jeff Mitchell

I like the speed and the technical level.


I have used a Raspberry Pi a little bit but this course goes in to a bit more depth but still at a beginner level. Perfect for me.

LeRoy Rice

What a thorough guide through the process.


This was by far one of the most well laid out courses I've followed on Udemy.


He provides more than enough details along the way to know how to troubleshoot your own mistakes.


Well done!

Thomas Smith

I have watched the course from end to end to see if this course meets my needs. This is the first and only course that I have found that covers this topic from beginning to end. I look forward to going through this course again at a much slower pace to bring my project to life. I really feel that I have a good chance to take my ideas and build something amazing after this course. I strongly recommend this course.

John Copes

Clear explanations and graphically awesome.


A complete and precise roadmap to the course.

Bento Silva

Fantastic course. I had basic Linux skills before entering this course and was able to follow along fine. Instructor goes into detail on what and why we are doing things, while still keeping the lesson moving. This class is a must for anyone wanting to learn about RPi and Linux.

Shane Mattner

What is this course about and what to expect?

Please watch this video to learn about the course curriculum and outcomes. Find out exactly what to expect so that you can plan your learning and make the most out of Raspberry Pi Full Stack.

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Video course

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A$78.12
  • Raspberry Pi Full Stack video course
  • 110 video lectures organized in 18 sections
  • Downloadable Python scripts, HTML/CSS/Javascript code and Arduino sketches
  • Simple to follow wiring schematics
  • Lifetime access
  • 15-day money back guarantee
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Content updated for the Raspberry Pi 4, Raspbian Buster, and Python 3.8.1
  • Please note: this course does not include any hardware.
A$78.12
ebook

The eBook is under development.

This eBook is available to "early-bird" readers at a low price price.

You will receive regular updates.

A$54.67

The regular price of this eBook will be USD34.99. While this eBook is in beta, you can purchase it at a 50% discount as quoted above.  

  • Raspberry Pi Full Stack eBook
  • 516 pages (PDF)
  • Downloadable Python scripts, HTML/CSS/Javascript code and Arduino sketches
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Content updated for the Raspberry Pi 4, Raspbian Buster, and Python 3.8.1
  • Project works with Raspberry Pi Zero W
  • Please note: this eBook does not include any hardware.
  • eBook comes in PDF (printable), EPUB and MOBI formats.
  • Special discount for early bird readers.
A$54.67

The regular price of this eBook will be USD34.99. While this eBook is in beta, you can purchase it at a 50% discount as quoted above.  

Curriculum 

What's in this video course? 


1 - Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Full Stack
0010 - What is this course about
0030 - Parts you will need
0050 - How to get help
0060 - Code repository


2 - Get to know your Raspberry Pi
0110 - Raspberry Pi 3 specs and features
0111 - Raspberry Pi 4 specs
0120 - Raspberry Pi models
0130a - Raspberry Pi vs Arduino high level comparison
0130b - Raspberry Pi vs Arduino comparing the boards


3 - Setup the operating system
0160 - Operating systems for the Raspberry Pi
0165 - Headless vs GUI
0170 - Download and Install Raspbian Lite using Etcher
0180 - How to enable SSH and configure Wifi in headless mode
0190a - Boot for the first time and basic configuration
0190b - Connect for the first time using Mac OS
0190c - Boot for the first time and connection using Windows
0210a - Working as the "root" user
0210b - How to enable the "root" user for logging on with SSH


4 - How to recover from a serious glitch by backing up and restoring your SD card
0220a - Backup an SD card (Mac OS)
0220b - Restore an SD card (Mac OS)
0220c - Backup an SD card (Windows)
0220d - Restore an SD card (Windows)


5 - Pins, GPIOs, and how to control them with Python
0250 - The Raspberry Pi GPIO header and numbering system
0260a - A taste of Python on the Command Line Interpreter
0260b - A taste of Python on the Command Line Interpreter Functions
0270a - A taste of Python with a simple program
0280 - Wire a simple circuit
0290a - Install the Python installer program pip
0290b - Manipulate an LED using rpi.gpio
0300 - Read a button
0305 - Control an LED with a button
0310a - Install Git and the DHT library
0310b - Use the DHT22 sensor


6 - Setup the Web application Stack
0340 - The Web Application Stack
0350 - The Python Virtual Environment
0360a - Set up system Python - preparation
0360b - Download, compile and install Python 3
0365 - Setup the app Python Virtual Environment
0430a - Setup Nginx
0430b - Setup Flask
0435 - A tour of a simple Flask app
0440a - UWSGI installation
0440b - Nginx configuration
0440c - UWSGI configuration
0440d - UWSGI and Nginx configuration testing
0450 - Configure Systemd to auto-start Uwsgi


7 - Styling with Skeleton
0460a - Install SQlite3
0460b - Working with SQlite3
0470a - Static assets and the Skeleton boilerplate CSS
0470b - Setup the static assets directory
0470c - Introducing the Skeleton boilerplate CSS
0470d - Copying files using SFTP
0480 - Flask templates
0497 - Debugging a Flask app


8 - Getting started with our web application
0500a - Introduction to the section - Getting started with our web application
0500b - Install the DHT library and the rpi-gpio module
0500c - Install the DHT library and the rpi-gpio module
0510 - Create a database to store sensor data
0520 - Sensor data capture script
0530 - Schedule sensor readings with Cron
0540a - Display database records in the browser - Python script
0540b - Display database records in the browser - Template


9 - Implement the date range selection feature
0560a - Introduction - Implement the date-time range selection feature
0560b - Select range of records in SQLite
0570 - Set date-time range in URL and show records in browser
0580 - URL query string validation
0590 - Quick tidying up
0595 - Adding radio buttons for quick time-date range selection
0597 - Provision the Python script to work with the radio buttons


10 - Improving the user interface with Google Charts and date-time selector
0610a - Introduction to Google Charts
0610b - Implementation of Google Charts
0610c - Testing Google Charts
0650a - Introduction to the date-time picker widget
0650b - Implement the date-time picker widget
0650c - Upload and test the date-time picker widget


11 - Dealing with time zones
0665 - Adjust date-times to local time zone on the client side
0670a - Introduction to Arrow
0670b - Implement Arrow
0670c - Upload timezone changes and test
0680 - Link the two pages of the application


12 - Charting with Plotly
0710a - Install Plotly
0710b - Try out Plotly on the command line
0720a - Implement Plotly support on the client side
0720b - How to debug JavaScript
0730a - Add Plotly support to the app script
0730b - Server side debugging example


13 - Publish on the Internet
0810 - Setting a static IP address
0850 - Expose your app to the Internet with port forwarding


14 - Data-logging with Google Sheet
1010 - Introduction to this section and Google Sheet
1020 - Setup Google API credentials
1030 - Setup the Python libraries and Google Sheet
1040 - Implementation of Google Sheet data-logging


15 - Setup a remote Arduino sensor node with the nRF24
1100 - Introduction to the setup of an Arduino remote node
1110 - The Arduino node wiring (coming up)
1111 - The Arduino node sketch
1112 - Raspberry Pi and nRF24 wiring
1120 - The Raspberry Pi nRF24 receiver script
1123 - How to install the Python nRF24 modules on the Raspberry Pi
1125 - Test the nRF24 communications
1130 - Modify the front end of the application to show remote node data


16 - If This Than That alerts
1140 - An introduction to If This Than That
1143 - Create an IFTTT web hook and applet
1145 - Add IFTT code in the application and testing
1170 - Install the node listener script as an Systemd service


17 - Secure your application with SSL
1300 - Introduction to this section
1310 - Create a self-signed certificate for application
1320 - Edit Nginx configuration to use SSL
1330 - Test SSL in Firefox, Safari, Chrome


18 - Wrapping up
1410 - Make lab_env_db page update every 10 minutes
0760 - Recap and what's next

Table of Contents 

What's in this book?

This book is under development. The TOC shown here is now complete. I am now editing the book and preparing it for publication.


We'll are offering a special deal for early. As an early adopter, you'll have access to a PDF version of the book with weekly updates, until the book is published formally. 

Part 1: Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Full Stack 8

Chapter 1 - What is this book about? 9

Chapter 2 - A walk-through the Full Stack project 11

Chapter 3 - Required hardware 16

Chapter 4 - How to get help 21

Chapter 5 - The code repository 23


Part 2: Get to know your Raspberry Pi 25 

Chapter 6 - Raspberry Pi vs Arduino high level comparison 26

Chapter 7 - Raspberry Pi vs Arduino comparing the boards 27

Chapter 8 - The Raspberry Pi Zero 28

Chapter 9 - Need speed? The Raspberry Pi 4 29


Part 3: How to setup the operating system 30 

Chapter 10 - Operating systems for the Raspberry Pi 31

Chapter 11 - What is a 'headless' operating system 35

Chapter 12 - How to download and install Raspbian 39

Chapter 13 - How to setup SSH and Wifi in headless mode 43

Chapter 14 - How to set a hostname 46

Chapter 15 - Boot into Raspbian for the first time 49

Chapter 16 - How to set a fixed IP address 55

Chapter 17 - Basic configuration 57

Chapter 18 - Working at the 'root' user 60


Part 4: How to backup and restore your SD card 64

Chapter 19 - Backup an SD card - Mac OS 65

Chapter 20 - Restore an SD card - Mac OS 68

Chapter 21 - Backup an SD card - Windows 70

Chapter 22 - Restore an SD card - Windows 73


Part 5: Pins, GPIOs and how to control them with Python 75

Chapter 23 - Raspberry Pi pins, roles, and numbers 76

Chapter 24 - A taste of Python on the Command Line Interpreter 80

Chapter 25 - Python Functions 85

Chapter 26 - A simple Python program 90

Chapter 27 - Wire a simple circuit 97

Chapter 28 - Control an LED with GPIOZERO 100

Chapter 29 - Control an LED with rpi.gpio 106

Chapter 30 - Read a button with GPIOZERO 110

Chapter 31 - Read a button with RPi.GPIO 114

Chapter 32 - Control an LED with a button 117

Chapter 33 - Setup the DHT22 sensor with Git 121

Chapter 34 - Use the DHT22 sensor 125


Part 6: Setup the Web application Stack 130

Chapter 35 - The Web Application Stack 131

Chapter 36 - The Python Virtual Environment 137

Chapter 37 - Increase the disk swap file size 141

Chapter 38 - Set up system Python - preparation 144

Chapter 39 - Download, compile and install Python 3 146

Chapter 40 - Setup the app Python Virtual Environment 150

Chapter 41 - Setup Nginx 154

Chapter 42 - Setup Flask 156

Chapter 43 - A tour of a simple Flask app 160

Chapter 44 - UWSGI installation 163

Chapter 45 - Nginx configuration 167

Chapter 46 - UWSGI configuration 171

Chapter 47 - UWSGI and Nginx configuration testing 174 

Chapter 48 - Configure systemd to auto-start uwsgi 177


Part 7: Setup the database 181

Chapter 49 - Install the SQLIte3 database 182 Chapter 50 - Hand-on with the SQLite3 CLI 185


Part 8: Styling with Skeleton 192 

Chapter 51 - Static assets and the Skeleton boilerplate CSS 193 Chapter 52 - Setup the static assets directory 197 Chapter 53 - Introducing the Skeleton boilerplate CSS 201 Chapter 54 - Copying files using SFTP 205 Chapter 55 - Flask templates 210 Chapter 56 - Debugging a Flask app 215


Part 9: Capture and record sensor data 219

Chapter 57 - Introduction to Part 9 220

Chapter 58 - Install the DHT library and the rpi-gpio module 221

Chapter 59 - Display the current sensor values in the browser 226

Chapter 60 - Create a database to store sensor data 234

Chapter 61 - Capture sensor data with a Python script 237

Chapter 62 - Schedule sensor readings with cron 241

Chapter 63 - Update the application file and template file 244


Part 10: Implement the date range selection feature 252

Chapter 64 - Introduction to Part 10 253

Chapter 65 - Prototype datetime range of records in SQLite CLI 256

Chapter 66 - Prototype datetime range in the browser 260

Chapter 67 - URL querystring validation 266

Chapter 68 - Quick tidying up 271

Chapter 69 - Use radio buttons for easy timedate range selection 276

Chapter 70 - Provision the Python script to work with the radio buttons 280


Part 11: Google Charts and Datetime widgets 285

Chapter 71 - Introduction to Part 11 286

Chapter 72 - Implement Google Charts 292

Chapter 73 - Test Google Charts 300

Chapter 74 - The datetime picker widget 302 

Chapter 75 - Implement the datetime picker widget 305

Chapter 76 - Test the datetime picker widget 309


Part 12: Dealing with time zones 312

Chapter 77 - Adjust datetimes to local time zone on the client side 313

Chapter 78 - Introduction to Arrow 319

Chapter 79 - Implement Arrow 323

Chapter 80 - Upload timezone changes and test 328

Chapter 81 - Link the two pages of the application 331


Part 13: Charting with Plotly 336

Chapter 82 - What is Plotly and how to install it 337

Chapter 83 - Try out Plotly on the CLI 341

Chapter 84 - Implement Plotly support on the client side 345

Chapter 85 - Add Plotly support on the server side 351

Chapter 86 - How to debug Javascript 357

Chapter 87 - Server side debugging example 364


Part 14: Access your application from the Internet 368

Chapter 88 - How to access your application from the Internet? 369

Chapter 89 - Set a static IP address 372

Chapter 90 - Expose your app to the Internet with port forwarding 375

Chapter 91 - Create a self-signed certificate for application 380

Chapter 92 - Edit Nginx configuration to use SSL 387

Chapter 93 - Test SSL in Firefox, Safari, Chrome 392


Part 15: Data-logging with Google Sheet 397

Chapter 94 - What is datalogging, and why Google Sheet? 398

Chapter 95 - Setup Google API credentials 401

Chapter 96 - Setup the Python libraries and Google Sheet 412

Chapter 97 - Implement of Google Sheet data-logging 419


Part 16: Setup a remote Arduino Sensor node with the nRF24 423

Chapter 98 - Why setup an Arduino remote node? 424

Chapter 99 - The Arduino node wiring 426

Chapter 100 - The Arduino node sketch 429

Chapter 101 - Raspberry Pi and nRF24 wiring 435

Chapter 102 - The Raspberry Pi nRF24 receiver script 438

Chapter 103 - How to install the Python nRF24 modules on the Raspberry Pi 446

Chapter 104 - Test the nRF24 communications 453

Chapter 105 - Modify the front end of the application to show remote node data 456


Part 17: If This Than That alerts 462

Chapter 106 - An introduction to If This Than That 463

Chapter 107 - Create an IFTTT webhook and applet 465


Part 18: Wrapping up 450

Chapter 109 - Make lab_env_db page update every 10 minutes 451 

Chapter 110 - Recap and what's next 452


Part 19: Project extension: Text messaging using Twilio 454 

Chapter 111 - What is this project extension all about? 455

Chapter 112 - An introduction to Twilio 458

Chapter 113 - Setup Twilio account 460

Chapter 114 - Create a useful bash shell script 466

Chapter 115 - Add Twilio support to Raspberry Pi 469

Chapter 116 - Install Twilio CLI 472

Chapter 117 - Create local and public DNS hostnames 477

Chapter 118 - Create trusted SSL/TLS certificate 483

Chapter 119 - Send text alert messages 493

Chapter 120 - Receive text message commands 497

The course instructor

The course instructor is Peter Dalmaris, PhD.


Peter has created over 20 other courses on technology education.

He is the author of Maker Education Revolution, a book on how making is changing the way we learn and teach.


He is the host of the Stemiverse and Tech Explorations podcasts, in which he discusses technology and education with engineers, educators, scientists and Makers from around the world.

Video course

Simple, fast and effective flexible move

A$78.12
  • Raspberry Pi Full Stack video course
  • 110 video lectures organized in 18 sections
  • Downloadable Python scripts, HTML/CSS/Javascript code and Arduino sketches
  • Simple to follow wiring schematics
  • Lifetime access
  • 15-day money back guarantee
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Content updated for the Raspberry Pi 4, Raspbian Buster, and Python 3.8.1
  • Please note: this course does not include any hardware.
A$78.12
ebook

The eBook is under development.

This eBook is available to "early-bird" readers at a low price price.

You will receive regular updates as new chapters become available.

A$54.67

The regular price of this eBook will be USD34.99. While this eBook is in beta, you can purchase it at a 50% discount as quoted above.  

  • Raspberry Pi Full Stack eBook
  • Downloadable Python scripts, HTML/CSS/Javascript code and Arduino sketches
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Content updated for the Raspberry Pi 4, Raspbian Buster, and Python 3.8.1
  • Project works with Raspberry Pi Zero W
  • Please note: this eBook does not include any hardware.
  • eBook comes in PDF (printable), EPUB and MOBI formats.
  • Special discount for early bird readers.
A$54.67

The regular price of this eBook will be USD34.99. While this eBook is in beta, you can purchase it at a 50% discount as quoted above.  

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