Ada 95: The Lovelace Tutorial - The Book

If all goes well, Lovelace will soon be available as a book through Springer-Verlag. The currently-planned title is Ada 95: The Lovelace Tutorial by David A. Wheeler, ISBN 0-387-94801-5.

I encourage you to buy a copy instead of using this electronic version.

The electronic version will continue to be freely available, but I think many people will prefer the paper version. Publication will provide people with a high-quality paper version of Lovelace.

So, why should you buy the book if this electronic version is free?

  1. Some material is only available in the book. This includes a set of end-of-lesson questions that I think will be very useful in classroom settings.
  2. Many people find that it's faster and easier to read paper than to read typical computer screens. The paper version will help you save time and avoid eyestrain. Originally Lovelace was small enough to easily read on a computer, but now it's so big that a paper version is significantly faster to read. If you're curious about its size, statistics on Lovelace's size are available.
  3. A paper version isn't tethered to a computer; the paper version frees you to go wherever you want to go.
  4. The book has been professionally edited, so the book version has had a number of errors removed.
  5. You don't need to worry about installing software, Internet connections, or downloading and installing data. Why waste time trying to make things work, when you can simply start using Lovelace right away?
  6. You can see new pages as quickly as you can turn a page. Many people are connected to the Internet with slow lines, which makes the electronic version much slower and less convenient to use.
  7. You can scribble notes all over the pages. Yes, some software lets you do similar things, but nothing is as user-friendly as a pencil.

Publishing Lovelace as a book makes Lovelace more accessible to more people, but publishers rightly want to make a profit on the sales of such books. Thus, I'm withholding the right to print Lovelace. You can use Lovelace electronically, but please don't print it out. You'll find that trying to simply print Lovelace as a book without additional work doesn't work well anyway. If you want to use Lovelace as a book, please be patient; I'm working on making the book available as quickly as I can!

Thanks very much!

--- David A. Wheeler

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