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Alligata republishes programming first steps

By Chris Williams. Published: 6th Apr 2003, 03:17:24 | Permalink | Printable

Another book

Alligata Media (odd website) aka ProAction have announced today that they're intending to republish First steps in programming RISC OS computers, an introduction to programming on RISC OS. This is on top of Alligata's plans to publish the First Steps with RISC OS 4 title in time for May 2003.

The book First steps in programming RISC OS computers, a gentle Sunday amble into various aspects of RISC OS programming whilst overflowing with BASIC examples, was written by Martyn Fox who also later wrote a RISC OS WIMP programming tome which this editor used to first get into software writing. Thanks Martyn. First published in 1993 by Sigma Press and revised in 2001, Martyn's First steps in programming RISC OS computers book is freely available online from his website. Yes, that's right - freely downloadable. We reckon Alligata like the challenge, frankly.

"The first in our new series of RISC OS books is a relaunch of Martyn Fox's excellent First Steps in Programming Acorn RISC OS computers", ProAction's Dave Bradforth declares in the press release. "This first book, details of which will be available shortly, focuses on providing a clear introduction to many aspects of RISC OS programming."

Dave tells us this republishing is not-for-profit as even though each copy will set you back 15 quid, (inc. postage and packaging), 5 quid of that will go to the Cats Protection League. Email Dave if you're interested in a copy.

Learning to write software may seem an uphill struggle at first but like anything more than mildly technical, it helps to have a good written guide to initially show you the ropes coupled with examples to clearly illustrate new topics. God only knows RISC OS could do with as much new software as possible so all budding programmers are welcome to dive in and get to grips with RISC OS.


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Looking forward to the wimp programming one to be released.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 6/4/03 4:27PM
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The wimp programming book is most excellent but you need to check with Martyn and Dave to see if they're planning to republish it.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/4/03 3:32AM
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Grr. It's always BASIC stuff though. Someone needs to write an equivalent of "WIMP Programming for All" but using C instead of BASIC.

Just my 2p

 is a RISC OS Userrobert79 on 8/4/03 1:12PM
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"First Steps in Programming RISC OS Computers" does include a chapter introducing SWIs and assembly language. The new edition also has an extra chapter which is a brief introduction to multi-tasking programming.

I'm hoping to revise "A Beginner's Guide to Wimp Programming" shortly but I would like to give it a major re-write so it may take a little time.


 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 8/4/03 5:17PM
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