The problem is that the magazine is made up of individual contributions, I think it will improve as each contributor tries to make their contribution fit in with the overall design. However I think some suggested guidelines about what font to use for body text and listings etc would help tidy things up a bit.rurwin wrote:Brilliant second issue. Your style seems to have settled down a little, which is a good thing.
I agree the colour would be a bit better toned down.rurwin wrote: Stop the press Exclusive interviews: horrible colours
Agreed, I think it would be easier to read if Dave made the green a bit darker to give it more contrast from the background.rurwin wrote:Computer Music: Horrible green colour for stuff to type in. You haven't used this style elsewhere, and if you decide to use it you need to darken it.
The article suggests female-male jumper wires, I'm not sure about crocodile clips might cause a short.rurwin wrote:In Control: The article is incomplete. (I assume you know this)
No indication how wires would be connected to the GPIO pins. Crocodile clips might be the best bet.
I think the solution would be to add the resistor number i.e R1, R2 and R3 to the illustration so that the reader isn't relying on the colours in the illustration.rurwin wrote: Most resistors these days have five colour bands, not four. A 1K resistor would be brown-black-black-brown---red, meaning 1-0-0-x10---1%. The diagram shows brown-black-red---gold, meaning 1-0-x100---5%. The problem is of course that just describing that is another page.
The trouble is that the breadboards are often slightly different, some have two power rails at the top and bottom for example, places like Maplin don't seem to be consistent, having different versions depending on what Chinese supplier has the cheapest deal that month.rurwin wrote:I haven't seen a Tandy in ages; Maplin would be a better bet. Those breadboards are ubiquitous.
It is surprising how quickly these things expand, like you said about the resistors that would add another page to the article. The idea is to start with the LED being connected to the switch and then in the next article separate them so that you can for example flash the LED 3 times after the switch is pressed.rurwin wrote: It's a long article, it's going to be longer and it could profitably be longer still. Might it be a better idea to just use an LED and resistor and get to switches next month? You could "test" the LED by connecting it to 3V3 and then move it to an output pin and drive it from Python.
I think Jaseman is using a VM as he doesn't have the Pi yet, but you are right the instructions apply just as well to a real machine. As for a standard IDE I was wondering the same and asked the question in the Python forum is the foundation has a recommended editor/IDE that will be used for tutorials but no answer yet.rurwin wrote:Debian: This is the only article that references running a VM. Does it need to?
Have you considered standardising on a Python IDE?
The listing paper is quite a nice nostalgic thing for people of a certain age, it seems quite readable to me but perhaps if the listing paper background was made a bit lighter it would give greater contrast for the text.rurwin wrote:Python Pit: The music-ruled paper is anachronistic and text on it is difficult to read. At least kill the bold and consider using a monospaced font. YMMV
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