[IAEP] New and revised chapters of "Make Your Own Sugar Activities!" ready for review, feedback

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Fri Jan 22 12:27:10 EST 2010

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 18:15, Jim Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sean,
> I appreciate the support, but I don't think what I have written is
> going to be anything like a finished product by February 3.  A
> homepage link to the OLPC content on Floss Manuals might be
> appropriate, since there are some finished manuals there and the book
> might appear on that page in a couple of months.  I wanted to add a
> chapter on Collaboration and another on Debugging before I considered
> it front-page-worthy.
> As for press releases and the like I don't know that one guy writing a
> manual in his spare time is going to impress anyone.  A finished book
> (and I think the book needs more than the two chapters I mentioned to
> be considered finished) or a whole team of people working on a book
> would be a different story.

I for one think that this is a wonderful contribution, probably the
most important one to happen during the 0.88 release cycle.



> Making more Activities available, and especially convincing teachers
> and children to try and write Activities is definitely my goal, and I
> hope that when we have a more finished product that as many people as
> possible get to know about it.
> Thanks,
> James Simmons
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 9:45 AM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I consider this to be a fabulous initiative. Growing the Activity
>> ecosystem is very important for Sugar and OLPC and a handbook has been
>> a missing link.
>> I will speak with Christian about a homepage link and I even think we
>> should do a callout in our next press release, tentatively scheduled
>> for February 3, the day OLPC France will present the OLPC project (and
>> myself Sugar) to France's largest corporate foundations at L'Atelier
>> (http://www.atelier.fr/usages/3/07012010/one-laptop-per-child-ordinateur-veritable-revolution-pedagogique-39192-.html)
>> Thanks.
>> Sean
>> On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Jim Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I just finished writing another chapter of the book, this one on
>>> adding Text to Speech to your Activities.  I've also made various
>>> additions and corrections to the rest of it.  If you want to check out
>>> what I have a PDF created with OBJAVI! is available here:
>>> http://objavi.flossmanuals.net/books/ActivitiesGuideSugar-en-2010.01.21-18.33.56.pdf
>>> I'm going to start working on code samples for a Collaboration chapter
>>> next, and I want to do a chapter on debugging Sugar Activities after
>>> that.  I think Walter had developed some code to let you run Sugar
>>> Activities outside of the Sugar environment and that would be a good
>>> fit for the debugging chapter.  For collaboration I'm going to try to
>>> put together a sort of half-finished game called "Battle Royale Tic
>>> Tac Toe".  I'll also write about file sharing as used by Read Etexts.
>>> Once I have this material added I think I'll have enough to make it
>>> worth putting on the front page of the site.  That won't mean it's
>>> finished, but enough of it will be that the book could be considered
>>> complete.
>>> I welcome collaborators as well as editors on this.  There are many
>>> topics you could put in a book like this that I'm not qualified to
>>> write.
>>> I'm up to 87 pages now.
>>> James Simmons
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