Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2007 22:21 UTC, submitted by Kaj de Vos
Syllable, AtheOS Syllable's resident graphics designer Ruud Kuin has published the first issue of his Syllable Development Newsletter [screenshot]. This new project is a continuation of the SDN magazines by Michael Saunders that were popular around two years ago. The first issue contains five main articles and five smaller ones, for a total of eleven pages, by six contributors. Subjects range from a developer interview to the first part of a programming tutorial series. It is accompanied by an archive that conveniently collects software that was released recently: three pieces this time.
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Uneven quality...
by JonathanBThompson on Fri 24th Aug 2007 23:17 UTC
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2006-05-26

It's an interesting start, but the articles are of uneen quality and length. The one on multithreading was short and sweet, but only really spoke about messages, and even then, in no useful amount of details: it was much like the last two "Pirates of the Carribean" movies: it felt much like a trailer for the next n movies, instead of something that was self-coherent and useful by itself.

On the other hand, one long article about the history of Syllable actually went into a sufficient amount of depth.

It seems it'd likely be much more long-term viable if they ensured that there were perhaps fewer, but better quality articles, instead of the results for this one.

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RE: Uneven quality...
by SDN_Editor on Fri 24th Aug 2007 23:54 in reply to "Uneven quality..."
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2007-08-24

Hi Jonathan;

Thanks for your constructive comment!
I will try to implement your suggestion(-s) next issue.

Jonathan wrote:It seems it'd likely be much more long-term viable if they ensured that there were perhaps fewer, but better quality articles, instead of the results for this one.


The number of articles depends on what number is delivered in a month time.
Quality is something this magazine needs to grow into, for some of us it's a "first-timer" too.
So please be patient.

Ruud

Edited 2007-08-25 00:01

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RE: Uneven quality...
by Vanders on Sat 25th Aug 2007 09:39 in reply to "Uneven quality..."
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2005-07-06

The one on multithreading was short and sweet, but only really spoke about messages, and even then, in no useful amount of details: it was much like the last two "Pirates of the Carribean" movies: it felt much like a trailer for the next n movies, instead of something that was self-coherent and useful by itself.


That's because it is. It's the first in a series of articles that will introduce the Syllable API and programming with the API. The problem is, you have to start somewhere, and that means you at least need a basic theoretical grasp of threads and messages.

The series will be developed through SDN and then moved into our documentation to act as a full tutorial.

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