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Friday, March 22, 2013

Sample new chapters

Update: I have created the new PyGame chapter. The draft copy is available at this link. I will leave these sample chapters online for a few more weeks to see if there are any comments. After that, I will finalize the revisions and publish my new edition.

I'm working on the revisions for the new edition. So far, I have added an additional section in GUI programming, giving a brief overview of the wxGlade/wxPython interface and some of its capabilities.

I've also added a new chapter for web application development using Karrigell. It's not extensive, as I'm simply trying to introduce the idea and show what is possible; I'm not intending for my book to be a tutorial on web development or the Karrigell framework.

On that note, if you are interested in seeing what I have written so far, feel free to take a look at the new material at my Google Drive link. Look it over and let me know what changes, additions, etc. should be made to it.

The only other thing I am planning on adding to the new revision is a chapter about game development using PyGame. Since everyone seems to want to become a game developer, I thought a brief introduction to it might be helpful. There are some good, free books at the PyGame website so I'm planning on pulling some of the essential material from them and providing a summarized version of game development. Again, I'm not planning on making my book a bona-fide tutorial but simply an introduction to whet the reader's appetite.

If there's anything else you would like to see in the new revision, or any changes you think should be made, please post a comment.


Monday, March 18, 2013

A $99+ value for only $4

I found this today, a site that "certifies" you in Python programming for only $99. More expensive, but more in-depth, is the variety of courses offered by O'Reilly.

As I was looking through the syllabus for the first site's course, I laughed because it is almost identical to what I put in my book. I'm not saying they copied my book (I don't know how long they've been around), but it is funny that I offer 95% of what they cover in my $4 ebook. Granted, I don't offer "certification", but since it isn't offered by the Python organization, I wouldn't consider it a "real" certification of knowledge; more like a certification of attendance.

Now, the O'Reilly material sounds to be a much better deal, relatively speaking. The problem is, you can learn much of the material yourself for free via websites or cheaply with books. But that's only if you want the same amount of knowledge they provide. If you just want to program, you don't need to spend $400.

So, if you want to justify your purchase of my book, just think of it like you're getting a 96% discount. And the material is copyright-free and DRM-free. What a deal! :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Working on new edition

I've finished my initial draft for my novel and will be working on a new edition of my programming book while I wait for editing.

(If you're interested in being a "beta" reviewer of my novel, I would appreciate it. You can find the original version at https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1120513 and a revised version at https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1121064. If you read them, please let me know what you think; I've had over 50 people download a copy but only one has given me any feedback. Thanks.)

Anyways, about the new edition. I haven't heard from anyone about what they would like to see, so I'm planning on adding some screenshots of GUI development, maybe elaborating a bit more on how to do it, and adding a section about web development, since that is a big deal nowadays.

If anyone has anything they want included, or other changes to be made, please let me know.