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on: February 22, 2012, 11:58:57 AM

What is the author's policy with respect to addressing errata found in the current edition? Specifically, will errata be addressed, and is there any sort of approximate timetable for doing so?
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Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 12:23:59 PM

There is a category here for Errata.   As newer printings of the text are made, any outstanding errata will be addressed and the corrected PDF pages will be posted to the Errata category.

Cheers,

Steve
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Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 12:50:47 PM

Thanks for the prompt reply. I'm confused, though... the Errata category seems to contain mostly discussions of things that are wrong or don't work. This is, in at least some cases, the same type of material that's posted in the individual chapters. Should we be posting errors we find in the book (for example my post re the failure of the book's clang command in Chapter 2) into Errata, or in the individual chapter?

I realize this is a moving train, but for me, if Errata are not going to be addressed in a timely fashion, I want to move on, and find another way to learn this stuff.

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Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 02:08:28 PM

Yes, post to Errata.   They get checked when I (or others) have time to do so.

Cheers,

Steve
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Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 02:29:00 PM

Will Kindle updates be made -- that is, when errors of the 4th edition are varified a correction will be made to the 4th edition and viewable to the current owners of the 4th edition Kindle?


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Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 02:46:38 PM

Yes, Amazon now is able to provides updates for new printings of an edition.   Kindle-copy owners get sent emails (I believe) whenever a new printing is released.

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Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 09:46:26 PM

Yes, post to Errata.   They get checked when I (or others) have time to do so.


Uh - wait a minute - you mean that the readers fix all the errors? What's the value in buying the book if the "hello world" example doesn't work? I mean, did you actually check this code before it went in the book? Did you have anyone else check it? I don't know about the others her, but I kinda' assumed that I'd get a few working examples before I had to start fixing anything.
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Reply #7 on: March 06, 2012, 02:19:02 PM

All of the examples in the book have been tested.   However, like any other technical book, there are several places where errors can be introduced:  by me (the author), when then book is edited, when the book is "typeset," when corrections are made, and when the final printing occurs.  We spend a lot of time reviewing and re-reviewing, but errors crop in along the way and some make it to the final printing.

The errata section is for those readers who are kind enough to point out errors that they stumbled across that we missed.  And for that we are grateful.  I don't expect the reader to do my proofing or fix my examples

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Reply #8 on: April 05, 2012, 12:47:34 PM

Is the main reason behind new printings to incorporate known errata?  I'm pretty sure this is the case and that a new printing wouldn't contain new content such as a new edition would.

I just purchased the Fourth Edition a few days ago and see that it is the First Printing.  When is/was the Second Printing available?  When I ordered the book on Amazon I wasn't aware of different printings for this Fourth Edition (not that it would matter anyway; you can't really specify that when you order from Amazon)
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