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#1 Dionoid OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 11:16 AM

Hot news: the book Atari 2600 Programming for Newbies - Revised Edition by Andrew Davie is now available on Lulu.com for only $4.69.

Order your copy here: http://www.lulu.com/...t-23644281.html

 

Basically this book is the printed version of the Atari 2600 programming tutorials by Andrew Davie that he originally posted on these forums between 2003 and 2004 (and one extra session posted in 2012). Editing and formatting was done by yours truly.

 

Note that in 2011 someone already bundled these tutorials into a book and published it on Lulu.com, but IMO there are a lot of issues with that version (e.g. no page numbers, missing session no. 25, images cut off on the end of the page, outlining issues, code samples hard to read because of wrapping). That's why I decided to call my version the "Revised Edition" :-)

 

I formatted all code samples to make them readable in print-format, fixed a few spelling errors and also did some editing where the original text was clearly assuming the reader is reading the text online.

 

Note that I'm not making a single dollar-cent on this; you only pay for the printing of the booklet. The consequence is that Andrew Davie is also not making any money from this, but knowing that in 2011 he was OK with the other published book on Lulu.com, I hope he's also OK with this new "Revised Edition".

 

The binding and printing of this book is really nice. The pages are black & white, but the cover is full color (see attached images). I also added Andrew's avatar on the back of the book :-)

And Lulu.com regularly has these promotions where they offer free shipping, making this a real bargain!

 

Cheers,

Dion

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#2 p1FqO3 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 6:08 PM

Ordered the Stella one earlier this week, it's coming on Saturday. Ordered this one today. It's great timing for me, I've already worked through "Making Games For The Atair 2600" by Steven Hugg and I've been looking for more reading materials to bring to my kids various practices and other stuff I have to attend, but can't participate in, for the summer. I can't stand reading long text on my computer, let alone phone. I wish a little something could go to the original creators, and you for putting in what looks like great effort. Maybe I can pay it forward one day with free useful content of my own :)



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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 6:12 PM

Nice!

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Posted Thu May 17, 2018 5:01 AM

Where do you find the discount coupons?  I missed it for the Stella one, but I'd like to use one for this book.



#5 Andrew Davie OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 18, 2018 11:10 AM

How awesome is that!?  Formatting looks stunning.  Great job.

I've ordered two already :P



#6 JeffIrok OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 20, 2018 7:04 AM

Nice - I ordered with free shipping!  Thanks to Andrew and Dion!



#7 nanochess OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 20, 2018 7:10 AM

Nice! :) :thumbsup:

Btw, what's the typography used for body text?

#8 Odourman OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 20, 2018 9:56 AM

This looks great! I know very, very, little about programming, but I have game ideas.
I'm planning on using batari Basic, but this should be read before trying to make a game? 



#9 Dionoid OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 20, 2018 12:27 PM

Nice! :) :thumbsup:

Btw, what's the typography used for body text?

 

For the body text I used the "Times New Roman" font, which was the default in the Lulu 6" x 9" template I downloaded. The assembly is using "Courier New Bold" (code) and "Consolas Italic" (comments).



#10 Andrew Davie OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu May 24, 2018 6:09 AM

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#11 TheHoboInYourRoom OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu May 24, 2018 10:17 AM

Ordered a copy. I know for a fact that there's useful insight in the lessons that I wouldn't have the patience to get to just reading it from a screen.

Can't wait!



#12 Dionoid OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 25, 2018 5:37 AM

In total 44 copies of the book were ordered over the last 9 days!

I didn't expect that many people to actually order a printed version of Andrew's online sessions!!

 

FYI: The Stella Programmer's Guide was ordered 31 times.


Edited by Dionoid, Fri May 25, 2018 5:39 AM.


#13 stephena OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 25, 2018 6:27 AM

I ordered both more-so as a collectors item.  I've already read over both several times (for the programmers guide, many times).  But it's still nice to have it in printed, end-user form.



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Posted Fri May 25, 2018 10:32 AM

Got mine, along with Stella Programmer's Guide. Nicely formatted. And Lulu seem to offer a good service.

Both books are recommended.



#15 Andrew Davie OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 27, 2018 1:11 AM

I was browsing the (online) tutorials yesterday. It's embarrassing how many typos and grammar errors there are. Clearly, someone has come along after I wrote them, and inserted all those errors. Shame.



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Posted Mon May 28, 2018 7:23 AM

I kept looking at the pictures and noticed that this did not look like my book.  That's when I realized that there are 2 books.  I have the Stella Programmer's Guide.  Did not realize there are 2 books.  Just ordered this one.



#17 Wickeycolumbus OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 28, 2018 5:51 PM

The essential combo :)

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#18 Arenafoot OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 30, 2018 7:59 PM

In total 44 copies of the book were ordered over the last 9 days!

I didn't expect that many people to actually order a printed version of Andrew's online sessions!!

 

FYI: The Stella Programmer's Guide was ordered 31 times.

 

Congrats! I know the feeling! My book has sold much better than what I expected too!  (70 copies in less than a month)

 

So, after they buy your book, and write their homebrew game, then they can make it into my next book!!!!

 

https://www.amazon.c...ne/e/B07CWNHTK9



#19 Dionoid OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2018 7:15 AM

 

...now that you've changed your profile picture, that cool soldier on the back of your book doesn't link back anymore.

Anyway, it's good to see that you are happy with the book! :-)

 

Cheers,

Dion



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Posted Tue Jun 5, 2018 3:44 AM

 

...now that you've changed your profile picture, that cool soldier on the back of your book doesn't link back anymore.

Anyway, it's good to see that you are happy with the book! :-)

 

Cheers,

Dion

 

That was a civil war union cap I was posing in, while trying to look very 1860s.
 



#21 roryjr OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 5, 2018 1:24 PM

The essential combo :)

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I think I had that book way back in the day.  Hopefully, it's still deep in my dad's attic somewhere.  Learned a lot on my Atari 8 bit computers.



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Posted Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:39 PM

. . . fixed a few spelling errors . . .


If you notice any that I missed here, please let me know:
 
randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories.html#assembly_language



#23 Dionoid OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:46 AM

If you notice any that I missed here, please let me know:
 
randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories.html#assembly_language

 

...I actually used Word to do the spellchecking for me :-)   But I can see you also corrected some of the same errors.

 

Cheers,

Dion


Edited by Dionoid, Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:03 PM.


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Posted Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:55 PM

My order of your book arrived at my door today! Sadly the top flap was already opened and there was no book inside! :-(

 

When I ordered the Stella Programmer's Guide from Lulu it also arrived with the top flap open but luckily the book was inside. I don't think Lulu is using very good glue to seal shut their envelopes and I'm guessing your book slid out in transport and wasn't just stolen. It's probably now sliding around in the back of a postal truck! The letter carrier didn't ring the doorbell when they dropped it off and just left it without knocking either, I think they saw there was nothing inside and didn't want to be there when I got the empty envelope.

 

I contact Lulu about it a couple of hours ago so hopefully they'll be able to send a replacement copy for me. :-(


Edited by cimmerian, Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:57 PM.


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Posted Mon Aug 6, 2018 8:40 AM

I just ordered mine !

 

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