I purchased GITR on Monday and devoured most of it that evening.It's really exactly what I needed and well worth more than the $30.05 that I chose to pay for it! (hehe) Makeblock has some wonderful products and I'm very impressed with them, but the technical documentation leaves something to be desired. (Pandas and apples and mice, oh my.)
This is my first foray into graphical programming (learned Commodore and Apple flavors of BASIC as a kid, and then Turbo Pascal in tech school) so that was entirely new and different, then couple that with what you are greeted with upon loading MBLOCK and I was in a state of utter confusion. "Well, this can't be right..."
Long story truncated, you saved me a lot of grief and I do appreciate it. I am now looking forward to turning my robot into a real boy instead of dreading it. The book is beautifully written and clear as can be, my only wish is that there was more of it! I proofread the first 100 or so pages and noted a few corrections in a text file here, if you are interested. (You seem like a thorough gentleman and I feel like I would be doing you a disservice if I did not mention the few very minor errors I noticed. I'll proof the rest as well later when I re-read it.)
Anyway, thanks again. I'm sure I will have plenty of questions for you. I'd like my robot to be very human-centric and have some actual personality, and have some ideas on how I would like to achieve that. (He's almost ready.) Your book was the real missing piece of the puzzle and in my opinion should be required reading for anyone who is even considering getting started with any of the Makeblock goodies. All the fundamentals are covered thoroughly and the examples are great, loved the format and also really liked the more philosophical tone about doing everything as neatly and efficiently and elegantly as possible, should be gospel for anyone coding anything, heh.