This contest has ended and the winners have been notified. Stay tuned — there may be another contest later in the year.
I have teamed up with Packt Publishing to organize a simple contest. We will choose three winners, who will receive free copies of my new book on gnuplot. Keep reading to find out how to enter.
I have written the gnuplot Cookbook* (The “g” is indeed officially lower-case.) to be useful for beginners as well as advanced gnuplotters. The book covers all the new features added to gnuplot in version 4.4 in some detail.
I cover all of gnuplot’s graph styles and many of their variations and permutations. The book is called a “cookbook” because it is organized as a series of examples, each one with working code (the “recipes”) and an illustration. You can flip through the book, looking through the illustrations for the type of graph you want to create, and find a code sample ready to modify and run. All the code is also supplied in electronic form for purchasers of the paperback or any of the electronic book formats.
There is considerable emphasis on using gnuplot in concert with programming and document preparation systems. I have included examples of the many ways of using gnuplot with LaTeX and on the web, and even show how to write a web application using gnuplot on the back end. There are examples of using gnuplot with several programming languages, including C, Python, and Clojure.
To see the table of contents and download a free sample chapter, visit the publisher’s book page.
To enter the contest, simply visit the publisher’s book page, find out all about the gnuplot Cookbook, and come back here. Then, click on my comment link and let us know what interests you most about this book. That’s all there is to it. We’ll pick the three most interesting or useful comments and award them free copies (winners from the U.S. and Europe can either choose a physical copy of the book or an eBook. Users from other locales are limited to the eBook only.) As you may know, my comment system uses email — be sure to send your comment from an address where you can be reached in case you are a winner. And, as always, your email address will not be published nor shared.
Good luck! The deadline is in two weeks: all comments must be
July 5 July 13, 2012. (You are welcome to comment after
that, and there may be further contests, but the winners of this
one will be chosen on that date.)
* The “g” is indeed officially lower-case.