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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Links fixed

I moved the PDF and HTML versions to my Google Docs account and updated the links on the sidebar. You should now be able to view/download either version of the book without any problems. If you do encounter problems, please let me know.

I will admit the book has not been updated yet like I intended. Python 3 has been out for a while but the book focuses on Python 2.x. This doesn't mean the information is bad; Python 3 doesn't get rid or change much of the feature set from 2.x. The biggest change is probably the print function. If you learn Python 2.x, you'll have no problem moving to Python 3's features.

Additionally, a lot of *nix distributions don't include Python 3 by default yet, so if you are using Linux or Mac, chances are you won't notice any problems. If you have difficulties, take a look at the Python 3 section or the Python website.

When I finish my Ph.D., or at least have a break from work and homework, I would like to revise the book, but until then it will have to remain the way it is.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

HTML version problems

I realize that the HTML version isn't downloading for some reason. I am also unable to upload a corrected version. So if you are interested in the HTML version, please post a comment to this site with your email address and I will email a copy to you directly. I will post again once I figure out what the problem is and correct it.

No updates for a while

It's been quite a long time since I posted here. But moving to Japan, being put on medical hold, and working on my Ph.D. has certainly put a damper on my efforts to rewrite the book.

By the time I get around to it, Python 3 should be the standard. I know some Linux distros are still providing v2.6 for compatibility purposes so I'll probably end up rewriting the book for the latest 3.x version and have a small section on the differences with 2.x. That way people will be getting the latest and greatest while still knowing what needs to be done for compatibility issues.

I don't know when the rewrite will be done. Possibly never. It's not like there isn't a glut of programming books on the market. The only thing I have to offer is that mine is free and available for reuse and sharing.

I guess beggars can't be choosers but I do have intentions of rewriting as time permits. Maybe if my medical and job status stays constant for a while.