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Hi there,
I'm currently finishing a book for PACKT PUBLISHING.
You can check the website:
http://cprogrammingforarduino.com

I hope you'll like it.

It will be a nice helper beside my courses I'm providing for Art Schools students, especially.

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many questions come up:

In what way is the book different from existing books?
Can you post the table of contents?
What is the level of your audience?
Languages?
What will be the price?
Why do you have a forum around the book? Arduino.cc is alive and kicking !

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You need to find someone with better photographic skills smiley

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Hey guys,

I guess you won't be interested yourselves by the book but I bet your open mind can understand a bunch of people can be.

Answering in the text at the first Rob.

In what way is the book different from existing books?
I always think that unique thought concept was dangerous. One and only one book per topic, one and only one idea per project etc
Because we are all unique (even if you don't think that about yourself, you are!) PACKT PUBLISHING thought about me as a nice way to introduce and develop great skills and my own ideas about interaction design and art in this book.
And yes, you'll have the choice. This is a new proposition, a new approach by one guy smiley Don't try to think it is a bad idea before to know the guy, to see the book, to check what people want.
You can read a nice & cool interview made by Arduino Blogs here:
http://arduino.cc/blog/2012/08/31/digital-artist-julien-bayle-interview


Can you post the table of contents?
I will very soon. PACKT has some rules about that.
Please be patient and subscribe to the newsletter to be informed by me (not packt)
I still didn't send any news from that preferring to keep the mailing list quiet and useful.

What is the level of your audience?
If you already wrote a book, you know that you have to know about your audience a bit before to write it, yes.
People who don't know C/C++ can read the book and code stuff at the end.
It is a big book, taking you from te beginning to medium advanced stuff like gLCD, VGA modules use, but also making your Arduino a MIDI responsive synth producing 8bit sounds and reading PCM. We also see how to create our own small library.
I introduce and play with Processing and Max6 in the book in order to open mind to very used frameworks too. I quote a lot of open libraries like MOZZI, and I can say I'm so happy because these library authors/devs are really happy to be quoted in that book.

Languages?
English first.
My reviewers are so good :p
I'm french and can do that in french and italian too but my editor would take care of translations for me.

What will be the price?
Check PACKT PUBLISHING other books for that.
It will exist as ebook too, of course.

Why do you have a forum around the book? Arduino.cc is alive and kicking !
This was more intend for starting the small website around it.
When you'll read the book, you'll see how much I'm forwarding for "further ideas and ressources" to this forum here.
I'm almost sure the forum there won't be used but I'm proposing it.
Propositions are never bad, aren't they?


Answering to the other Rob about the funny notice about photographies smiley
Don't worry, I'm using some nice pictures for the book and especially I'm using intensively (and teach how to use) FRITZING. Guys there at FRITZING seem very happy to be quoted too, btw.


Thanks a lot for your ideas & answers here Rob & Rob.
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Thanks for the extended answer.

I like these lines :
It is a big book, taking you from te beginning to medium advanced stuff like gLCD, VGA modules use, but also making your Arduino a MIDI responsive synth producing 8bit sounds and reading PCM.
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I introduce and play with Processing and Max6 in the book in order to open mind to very used frameworks too.

A lot of questions here on the forum are about communicating with PC etc. It is good to spend some pages on that issue.

I won't subscribe on the newsletter, I'll hope to see the TOC here someday.

Succes!
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As you wrote, Arduino can also communicate a lot with its cool friends like computers, other Arduinos etc.
I'm especially very comfortable with Max6, using it since Max4, and I couldn't not to use it in the book.

For any questions related to Arduino with Max, Processing, etc, please fire questions and I'll do my best to answer asap smiley
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This is a new proposition, a new approach by one guy

But what is that new proposition, that new approach? Your explaining the scope of the material doesn't answer that....
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This book is a new proposition.
I'd suggest to quietly wait for TOC etc.
That will come.
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But what is that new proposition
The book is written by julien bayle someone which (I assume) is not primary a programmer of electro guy  and therefor I expect he describes the Arduino more from an Art point of view. What can it do, without reciting the technical specs. End result is far more important than optimal coding solutions etc. Mind you most artist know their requirements (WHAT) way better than most engineers. And yes, engineers know more about the HOW, (ying and yang in balance again pffff smiley-wink

@Julien,
Please, correct me if I'm wrong in my above assumptions.



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Mind you most artist know their requirements (WHAT) way better than most engineers

Nah..... they just throw paint at canvas until no more sticks....

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I'm formerly engineer, but artist.
I'm also a dad and love David Lynch.

People aren't only one thing, aren't they?!
This is that profile, made of personal characteristics that makes us unique.
But I can understand you'd need to now WHAT I am, artist, engineer, amateur, pro, etc. Some people needs that before anything else.
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But I can understand you'd need to now WHAT I am
No,
the "engineers" over here want to understand the delta between your book and what is already on the market.

engineers call it the difference
marketeers call it a USP
sales call it added value
venture capitalist would call it a secret
artists call it a new dimension
spock would call it interesting
kids would call it Wow
etc...

that difference (oops I'm an engineer) is the main question




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You'll be smart enough to enjoy the difference, I'm sure about that.
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You'll be smart enough to enjoy the difference, I'm sure about that.


We're also smart enough to know that we need to see the difference before we part with any money.....
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That seems an empty discussion.
You'll check, you'll see, and you'll choose. Everything works like that.

Someone proposes something.
A lot are interested, a lot aren't.

But I won't try to convince you for sure smiley
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