Once upon a time, I tried to write a book. It did not end well. I was trying to dump a whole lot of knowledge at once. Knowledge I did not really have, to be honest. When I look at that book I see a failed thing.
So, of course, many years later, I am trying again, but with the lessons learned in my mind.
- It will be a smaller book.
- I am not also writing a whole tool chain for it.
- It will be about things I know.
So, what is it?
The temporary title, right now, is something like "Boxes: your second Python book". It says your second Python book because you do need a working knowledge of Python syntax as provided by the official Python Tutorial, but not much else. When there is a particularly hairy piece of code it may link to the tutorial or the reference or something.
The "idea" of the book is to bridge a gap that exists between knowing the basics of reading and writing a language (specially if it's your first!) and being able to effectively using it to create a useful project.
It follows the growth of "Boxes", a simplistic text layout engine, from a vague idea to a fully working, useful, tested, and published piece of software.
It's not there yet, but it's about 25% of the way there.
Comments much appreciated!