Contemplating PublishingPosted: October 18, 2011
I have been using OpenScad for roughly a year now. It’s been a great experience, and I’ve learned a lot about the program, and the limitations of my own design skills. I have written a lot about using OpenScad, and where its strengths and limitations are, at least relative to my own design skills.
I recently asked a question on the OpenScad mailing list: Does anyone know of an effort to write a book on OpenScad?
The response thus far has been ‘the wiki book is THE book’.
So, I am contemplating the following, as I have before: Is there room/desire for a printed book on how to use OpenScad?
I had asked this question some time back in a different forum, and the recommendation at that time was “go ahead and start writing chapters, and put them on your blog”.
This is what I will start doing. I believe there is room for some structured walk throughs of some nuances of OpenScad. I will put some form around my various OpenScad musings and put them up here. My intention is to not just cover what can already be found in the user’s manual, but taking a modeler’s approach. Basically, show a picture of a thing, then deconstruct how that thing can be created with OpenScad, showing interesting techniques, and explaining various OpenScad functions along the way. Similar to some of the screen casts and other tutorials I’ve seen, but probably getting into deeper detail.
Now, if only I can figure out how to put ‘code’ into my WordPress posts. I will be able to do the following:
cylinder(r=3, h=25, center=true);
And it will show up with a pretty background, and line numbers. That’s quite an incentive to improve my WordPress skills.