Entries tagged with “Cookbook”.


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My readers have been asking me to write a book for a few years now and I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. For my first book, I decided to write something that’s for beginners and intermediate programmers. There will be four parts to the book with the first part being aimed squarely at the beginner programmer. The next 3 parts will follow a more cookbook-like style in that they will contain a lot of tutorials. I’ll be folding some of the articles from my blog into the book and updating them if appropriate, but there will be plenty of new content.

To get things going, I am running a Kickstarter campaign. to raise some funds to help in the development of the book. If you’ve ever found this blog useful, please consider supporting the funding of my book.

I copied most of the text from the Kickstarter campaign here for your convenience: (more…)

This week, I finished editing another book for Packt Publishing. The book’s name is Python Graphics Cookbook by Mike Ohlson de Fine (I think). You may wonder why I don’t know if de Fine is the author. Well, Packt thinks that its Technical Editors shouldn’t know that information. In fact, Packt is so cagey (and stupid) that they’ll give us forms to fill out asking us for the ISBN of the book we’re reviewing, but refuse to give us the ISBN.

Let it be known that Technical Reviewers for Packt Publishing are paid absolutely nothing. The only remuneration we get is a copy of the book we review, plus another book of our choice and our name/bio appears in the book we reviewed. That’s it. If Packt approaches you, let this be a warning to you.

Now, it’s not all bad. You get to read a book before almost everyone else AND you even get to help shape the book! That’s really cool! However, if you don’t read quickly, then this job is not for you. You usually only get 3 or 4 days to review a chapter. But enough of my whining, let’s get on with the Preview! (more…)