[ros-users] New ROS book available: ROS By Example

Patrick Goebel patrick at pirobot.org
Tue Sep 4 13:50:00 UTC 2012

Hello ROS Fans,

I have written a little book called /ROS By Example 
The book is aimed at new ROS users who want to go beyond the Beginner 
Tutorials and create some working ROS applications, either in simulation 
or on a real robot like the TurtleBot.  The book provides step-by-step 
explanations of a number of ROS programming examples using code that can 
be downloaded from the accompanying ros-by-example 
<http://code.google.com/p/ros-by-example/> repository.  You can see a 
preview of the book including the table of contents on the /ROS By 
web page.

There are some important caveats if you are considering getting the book:

  * The companion code is written for ROS Electric, not Fuerte.
  * I have tested the code under Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.10 but not 12.04
    since Debian packages are not available for ROS Electric under 12.04.
  * The book assumes the reader has done at least the Beginner Tutorials
    on the ROS Wiki.  It also assumes at least a one-time reading of the
    TF tutorials.  In fact, there are a lot of links in the book that
    point back to the Wiki but this is all in the spirit of not
    reinventing the wheel.
  * The code samples are written in Python, not C++ so if you don't like
    Python, this book probably isn't for you!
  * A print version of the book will be coming soon (hopefully in the
    next week or two) but I think the PDF version will probably be more
    useful to most folks.



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