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#1
[Originally posted by blah]

Hi,

Thanks for the book it really has been good at concisely explaining points well.

One thing that would be nice is if it was also offered as an additonal
electronic download - PDF, SGML , Palm-thingy or whatever. The reason is that
by the time I pack my laptop, workbook, mobile and Palm I often find I have to
leave it behind to save weight when I'd love to read it on the bus (what a super
secret agent life I lead!). Lundhs, 'Standard Python Library' is really useful
for this alone and of course there are extra cool things you could do like
searches. Of course electronics have their weaknesses, like when sat with the
tv but still...

I know it's not likely but thought I'd mention it!

Steve
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#2
Re: Electronic form
[Originally posted by daryl harms]

Hi Steve,


> Hi,
>
> Thanks for the book it really has been good at concisely explaining points
well.
>
Thank you for this comment.

> One thing that would be nice is if it was also offered as an additonal
> electronic download - PDF, SGML , Palm-thingy or whatever. The reason is that
> by the time I pack my laptop, workbook, mobile and Palm I often find I have to
> leave it behind to save weight when I'd love to read it on the bus (what a
super
> secret agent life I lead!). Lundhs, 'Standard Python Library' is really
useful
> for this alone and of course there are extra cool things you could do like
> searches. Of course electronics have their weaknesses, like when sat with the
> tv but still...
>
I certainly agree with you. Electronic search can be really nice. I have a
couple of books where I have both a soft and hard copy and actually find they
complement each other. If I have access to both at the same time, I'll usually
search on the soft copy, then flip the hard copy open to that spot. I claim
this is because I can then use the valuable screen real estate for other
things but I'm sure it's also because I'm more comfortable reading the bound
copy.

The PDF format is nice for this as it has the same page numbering as the hard
copy. On the downside, its search functionality is much weaker than I'd like
and you can't easily copy snippets of formatted code out of it. Its main
purpose is to be a format for transfering printable documents, not for
searching through and working with them online.

> I know it's not likely but thought I'd mention it!
>
Actually, Manning has been offering an electronic version of a number of its
latest books. So this is not out of the realm of possibility.

> Steve


Daryl