Friday, August 27, 2010

Multitouch on Windows book update

Here is a quick update about the progress of my book, Multitouch on Windows. The MEAP (Manning Early Access Program -- pre-order access to the eBook) now includes chapters 1-2 and 4-7. You can get access the MEAP by pre-ordering either the eBook or print+eBook. (Disclosure: that link is affiliate and sends me a few extra dollars if you buy through it.) You can also download the source code samples from the book page at that link.

I'm currently working on chapter 8 about the WPF manipulations API. This is a key chapter so I'm giving it some extra love and care. I'm also balancing out work and family life. It is a challenge sometimes but this stuff motivates me so I push through. I'm also motivated by the comments, feedback, and successes of my readers. If you're doing something cool with multi-touch let me know!

Since I'm closing in on half-way through the book, I posted some survey questions for readers on the Manning forums. I basically need to know how important Silverlight and Surface content is to readers so I know how much effort to put into various areas. I'm also trying to build the case for the book to be printed in color (the eBook is already in color) so the more responses the better case I can present to Manning. Please take a few minutes and answer these four questions, even if you haven't read the book yet:

Multitouch on Windows reader survey

If you don't want to post the answers on that forum or don't want to make an account, you can always just email me directly: joshblake at gmail dotcom. Thank you to those of you who have already answered the survey.

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