Almost a full year after Manning Publications first contacted me about writing a book on graphing calculator programming, I am proud to announce that "Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus" has been published! To quote directly from the book's description:
Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus is an example-filled, hands-on tutorial that introduces students, teachers, and professional users to programming with the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus graphing calculators. This fun and easy-to-read book immediately immerses you in your first programs and guides you concept-by-concept, example-by-example. You'll learn to think like a programmer as you use the TI-BASIC language to design and write your own utilities, games, and math programs.
As I will be demonstrating at Maker Faire this weekend, graphing calculators like the TI-83+ and the TI-84+ are the perfect way to learn programming. My book assumes no previous programming knowledge and teaches you to think like a programmer, to plan the logic and structure of a program, and to turn that plan into code. While it teaches the TI-BASIC language (and touches for a chapter each on hybrid BASIC and z80 ASM), I think that it would serve as a good guide to anyone looking to get started in programming with any language. Every lesson is interspersed with plenty of code examples that you can test out on your own calculator, which I feel is vital for getting an intuitive feel for a language.
I encourage you, whether you are a student, a teacher, or a professional, to grab Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus and give it a read. If you want to learn to program, learn calculator programming, or even if you already know some TI-BASIC and want to learn more advanced techniques, I think this is a great resource. And if you want to start reading it before you buy it, you can check out the free Chapter 1: Diving into Calculator Programming and Chapter 6: Advanced Input and Events chapters. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the book!