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News in Detail

2015 June 17

We have had requests to gain access to the new chapters for Hands On AGK2 BASIC as they are written. In response we have today added an option to the ebooks BUY section to purchase access to these chapters at a cost of 4.50GBP.

This offer is only available to those who have already bought Hands On AGK BASIC (version 1) in printed or ebook format. To choose this option, you'll need to supply your purchase order number/reference number for your original purchase.

2015 June 16

Python 3 - Sample Video

A sample of the video tutorials that will accompany this book is now available. You can downloaded it by clicking the link on the Python's Sample page

2015 April 21

AGK BASIC 2 Sample Update

An updated version of the free sample download is now available. This contains minor corrections to a few typos.

2015 April 7

AGK BASIC 2 Update

The free sample chapters from the upcoming Hands On AGK BASIC 2 book have been updated to include details of how to use the debugger and a few extra sprite-handling statements . You find a link on the AGK BASIC Sample page.

2015 March 14

AGK BASIC Resources

Below you'll see a brief video of one of the free resources that accompanies the Hands On AGK BASIC 2 book. There are several of these resources available for download on the AGK BASIC Sample page.

You'll also find a set of resources for the maths booklets on the Math Downloads page.

And all of these resources have been created using AGK BASIC!

2015 March 1

Mad March Sale

We've reduced the prices of the Milkshape and DarkBASIC Pro books for the whole of March.

2015 February 22

Hands On AGK BASIC 2 - Resources

The free downloadable resources for Hands On AGK BASIC 2 now include a command summary, detailing all of the AGK BASIC statements covered in the first 8 chapters. Each entry includes syntax, brief description and the page on which the statement is covered in the book.

2015 February 14

Hands On AGK BASIC 2 - Updates

A couple of minor changes have been made to the free Hands on AGK BASIC 2 download on the AGK Samples page. These includes use of the newline escape character (\n) in strings enclosed in single quotes.

2015 February 7

Hands On AGK BASIC 2 - All Eight Free Chapters Complete!

The first eight chapters (252 pages) of Hands On AGK BASIC 2 are now complete and can be downloaded from the AGK BASIC Samples page. This latest download includes a revision of earlier chapters to reflect changes made in the AGK2.11 release.

Work continues on updating and adding other chapters for the new edition. Look back later for reports on the new book's progress and updates to the free resources.

2015 February 1

Hands On AGK BASIC 2

Chapter 5, Selection, of the new Hands On AGK BASIC 2 book is now available for free download from our AGK Samples page. The chapter contains 24 pages.

This chapter explains the use of AGK BASIC's if and select statements as well as how to test such structures.

10 Minute Math Series

The third booklet from the 10 Minute Math series (Sine, Cosine, and Tangent) is now available on Amazon. You'll find details of the latest booklets' contents in Maths section (Contents page)and you can download the support software from there too (Downloads page).

2015 January 28

10 Minute Math Series

The first two maths booklets are available exclusively from Amazon, but you'll find details of the booklets' contents on our Maths section (Contents page)and you can download the support software from there too (Downloads page).

2015 January 26

10 Minute Math Series

Unfortunately, we have had to remove the first of the short mathematics booklets (Cartesian Coordinates) from the Maths Sample page. The booklet will be available for free from Amazon for a short time, but unfortunately their terms and conditions stipulate that the booklet cannot be offered for free from any other location!

2015 January 25

Hands On AGK BASIC 2

Chapter 4 of Hands On AGK BASIC 2 is now available for download in the AGK Samples page. The chapter is 40 pages long.

This chapter explains variable types, named constants, defining variables, arithmetic operators and operator precedence. Timer and random functions are also covered. User input is tackled using a #include file. Finally, a description of how to to test sequential code is given.

2015 January 18

Hands On AGK BASIC 2

The third chapter (and first to actually cover the new version of AGK BASIC and its IDE) of Hands On AGK BASIC 2 is now available for download in the AGK Samples page. The chapter is 33 pages long.

2015 January 10

Hands On AGK BASIC 2

The second chapter of Hands On AGK BASIC 2 is now available for free download. You'll find it in the AGK Samples page (click on the AGK button above to get to the correct section).

This second chapter is an entirely new chapter to the book and covers numbers systems (binary, hexadecimal, and octal) showing you how to convert from one system to another. It also explains how negative values, floating-point values and characters are stored.

Don't worry too much if maths isn't your thing! Although this is useful background information, its not too essential to understand it in detail in order to create your AGK BASIC programs.

Again, it would be much appreciated if you would leave some constructive feedback on these updated chapters and the support material at comments@digital-skills.co.uk.

2015 January 1

Hands On AGK BASIC 2

AGK version 2 has had some very big changes from version 1. Many of these are simply the addition of new functions, but other elements affect the IDE and how every program is structured. Unfortunately, these changes make the information in the early chapters of Hands On AGK BASIC somewhat inaccurate leading to difficulties for those of you that are just starting out with AGK.

To alleviate this problem, I am rewriting these first chapters to cover the new AGK 2 setup (as well as making a few other changes).

You can find a link to the first new chapter in the Sample page for AGK BASIC. The downloads are free to everyone. Look out for future chapter updates.

As well as updating the book's text, we are also adding some supporting software for many of the chapters. These may be in the form of training programs (written in AGK) or videos. These will be listed along with the links to the new chapters.

It would be much appreciated if you would leave some constructive feedback on these updated chapters and the support material at comments@digital-skills.co.uk.

December 1

New Website Design

It's been many years since the website has had a makeover since most of the limited manpower has gone into writing books. However, with the HTML5 now widely adopted (and with access to Dreamweaver CC) it's time to work on a revamped site.

November 1

Hands On Tkinter Videos

The Hands On Tkinter for Python 3 book is well under way and we are hoping for a release in the first quarter of 2015.

Having looked at many of the publications out there on this topic, there seems to be a lack of any text with sufficient detail to help an existing Python programmer gain an in-depth understanding of Python's Tkinter GUI modules and the newer themed widgets. This book hopes to fill that space in the market.

But as well as the PDF book, we're also working on a set of videos to accompany the publication. The first of these is now complete and we are hoping to make them available to a wider audience by uploading a few of the videos to YouTube.

Hands On AGK BASIC - 2nd Edition

With AGK BASIC version 2 now in a more stable state, we hope to start on a second edition to Hands On AGK BASIC in the near future.

An updated version of the first few chapters will be available for download for free from both this site and The Game Creators.

October 1

Mathematics Booklets

We have created an outline for the first five school math(s) booklets. These will be: