The MagPi - Issue 3

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Welcome to Issue 3 of The MagPi, a community-led magazine keeping you up to date with all things Raspberry Pi.

This month has seen the team working hard searching and testing 9000 stable Debian packages, and identifying over 150 games and 43 apps to try out on your Pi.

Meltwater introduces his article “Meeting Pi”, offering ideas and tips on introducing the Raspberry Pi to users of very young ages. We feature an article on low-level programming using C, and Alex Kerr has produced his article “Programming fundamentals” describing how to use variables, “if” statements and loops.

Bodge N Hackitt continues his series, explaining how to program the USB robotic arm using Python.  Darren teaches us more on interfacing with the Pi, plus there's more from the reader’s favourites – Command line, Scratch Patch, and the Python Pit.

An email that caught my eye this month was from Cayton-John, aged 7, reading up on the first edition of the MagPi. Could this be our youngest reader?

If you have photos of fans reading our magazine, please send them to

On behalf of The MagPi team, we want to thank Will Bengtson and his team at QRt for giving us our beautiful, personal The MagPi QR code. Please check out their site at and see their clever generator and other attractive work.

Finally, keep your questions for Liz and Eben coming in and look for our official interview in next month’s magazine.

We hope you continue to enjoy reading The MagPi and that it inspires you to get programming.

Ash Stone

Chief Editor of The MagPi

The MagPi is an online magazine dedicated to the Raspberry Pi, created by the community for the community. It's a great way to get to grips with learning how to program your Pi and how to get started on building hardware projects; it’ll also help you find out more about the community around the device and demystify the command line.