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Sunday, April 17, 2016

On the Home Stretch

I've finished adding new material to the 3rd Edition so now it's time to start editing it. While I'm primarily going to be doing it myself, I've received some assistance from some this blogs followers, which I appreciate. If anyone else wants to help out, please let me know via the comments.

I would like to get this edition out the door before the end of July, so the more help, the better. Primarily need people to just give a logic-check to the grammar, look for spelling errors, and (if so inclined) make sure the code examples work. I may have missed some of them, especially when converting from Python 2 to 3.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Glossary?

I'm in the final stages of the revision and I'm considering adding a glossary and/or index. While I think the index would be helpful, especially if the book is to be used as a reference item, I don't know whether a glossary will be as useful.

In this day and age, most of the questions a person would have can be found on the Internet. Since most of the people buying my book are getting electronic copies, they obviously have access to the Internet. Having a glossary may not be very beneficial, especially since attempt to clarify any new or possibly difficult concepts within the text.

So, if you think a glossary would be helpful, please let me know in the comments. Otherwise, I will work on just the index and leave it at that.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Close to Publishing Third Edition

I'm in the editing phase of the newest edition. I hope to release it within the next few months. If anyone wants to help out by editing, or even just proof-reading, the book, please let me know.

Since I self-publish these books, all editing is done by volunteers. If I paid for it, it would cost nearly $1,500, which is more than I make in sales per year. Not complaining, just letting everyone know why it can take so long to write and edit it.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Status of latest edition

Just wanted to make a quick post to mention that the 3rd Edition revision is going well. I've completed about 2/3 of the book and hope to have it done by the end of the year. With reviews, editing, and finalizing, it should be available before next spring.

This is an extensive rewrite, incorporating changes readers have mentioned and adding new material as the Python language has evolved. I'm also going to include practice questions so the book can be used more like a textbook, as well as a primer and reference.

If there is anything special you'd like me to cover, please post it in the comments.