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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ebook direct file link available

I finally had a chance to upload the book to a file hosting site. Now, visitors can download the ebook (with supporting source code files) directly, without having to mess around with torrent files.

The link to the .zip file is on the left side of this page, or you can use this direct link. I am working on creating other formats, e.g. ODF, HTML, etc. but my LaTeX software doesn't want to convert correctly.

However, I'm also going to work on a revision to this book so I might just hold off on the file conversions until I have the latest revision completed. Most people seem to prefer PDF files for ebooks anyways, so I don't expect the lack of version to be a big issues.

If you have a file preference you would like to see, post in the comments and I will see what I can do. Thanks.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Still trying to get settled

I apologize for not having a download site available; I know how frustrating it can be when only one format is available, especially if you have to find the torrent for it. Having a link to a downloadable file is simply a very nice thing to have.

However, my new command doesn't give me a lot of time off. Actually, I was out to sea for a month within 3 days of moving into my house. I've been in my house a total of 6 days in the last 7 weeks. So, that's why I haven't had a chance to create a download site for the book.

Additionally, I want to rewrite some of the book. Python 3 has been out for nearly a year and I expect most people have upgraded the default Python loads on *nix OSes. So I don't see a real reason to retain the "backwards compatible" information in the book.

I still plan on writing up the "sequel" to the book: GUI programming. I would take my laptop underway with me but I normally work 14-16 hour days at sea so I don't have any time to write.

In a nutshell, the download site, updated book, and GUI programming book will be completed when I get a chance. In the meantime, continue to download the torrent file and let me know what you think.