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Our DVDs and workbooks cover topics such as how to document APIs
and SDKs, learning to read Java and C++ source code, technical writing for
beginners, understanding complex software and writing marketing materials.



APIs and SDKs

Just Enough Java






"A jump start for a writer new to SDK documentation... If you can’t get to a workshop and you learn well with multimedia, the DVD is worth getting."
Eileen Bator
Lead Technical Writer
Convera Technologies

"Breaks a difficult subject down into manageable chunks... Manny’s presentation is easy to absorb... This course pays for itself with dividends."
Gayle Lang
Technical Editor

"I bought this DVD and found it very useful. There is a lot of information about how programmers think and what they expect... in addition to detailed information on APIs and SDKs."
Mark Giffin
Independent Technical Writer & Consultant

"It's a very good starting point and is well worth the money. If you can't afford individual or group training, this is an excellent solution."
Bill Swallow
Manager of Documentation
MapInfo Corporation



Documenting APIs and SDKs:

Headshot of Manny People have traveled from Silicon Valley, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and even the Middle East to attend Manuel Gordon's one-of-a-kind workshop and share in his inside knowledge of documenting APIs and SDKs.

But not everyone can travel for training.

So now industry veteran Manuel Gordon comes to you... in this ground-breaking "Workshop-on-a-DVD" that captures his day-long presentation on high-quality, professionally-edited digital video. It's the next best thing to being there!

US$399.95 + $17 s&h

Or 6 monthly payments of only $69.50   

You can also order over the telephone by calling us at
800-481-6728 or 514-733-6620 (9-5 EST)

We also accept purchase orders from major corporations, universities and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

For a more detailed explanation of how to order, click here.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to work with software developers to create useful documentation for a Software Development Kit (SDK).

What this Workshop Covers

This unique workshop-on-a-DVD covers the complete 1-day presentation, including these key topics:
  • What are APIs and SDKs? Why sell them? Why buy them?
  • What to put into an SDK
  • What programmers really want
  • A real-world case study
  • Outlining a Developer's Guide
  • Generating the Reference Manual
  • Practical advice for documenting APIs,
    even with a limited knowledge of programming
  • Strategies for increasing your knowledge
  • Lively discussion and Q&A
For a complete list of the workshop contents,
see the Getting Started booklet (265K PDF)

What You Get in this Package

  • Two DVDs with a total running time of 3 hours
  • Printed workbook featuring PowerPoint slides
    plus additional reference material
    (extra copies available at a discount for your whole team)
  • Professionally-edited digital video keyed to the slides
  • Convenient interface that enables you to
    --View a continuous presentation
    --Jump to any slide and associated video clip in particular
  • Bibliography of related books and Web resources (10 pages)
  • Glossary of 150 programming terms
  • 6000 word research study: What Programmer's Really Want
    (Results of a Needs Assessment for SDK Documentation)
  • "Getting Started" booklet with training suggestions:
    click here to pop up a preview (265K PDF)

Who Can Benefit from this DVD

  • Technical writers wanting to break into the field of writing SDKs
  • Managers looking to reduce employee training costs, without compromising quality
  • Training coordinators seeking useful resources for professional development
Whatever your role, this "workshop-on-a-DVD" offers you and your team all the rich interaction of a live workshop... with none of the cost and headaches of getting there.

Look at All the Benefits

Now you can experience this live workshop... in the comfort of your own home or office... using any computer or TV equipped with a DVD player.

Now you can watch and learn at your own convenience... on your own timetable... and review any material any time in the future, as often as you like.

Now you can avoid the cost of airfare, hotels, restaurants and taxis. Managers, you can upgrade the skills of your whole team for less than the cost of sending one person to a conference.

Plus, you can save time and avoid taking days out of your busy schedule for traveling to a training session.

To sum up, you gain comfort and convenience... stretch your budget... save time... and have a valuable training asset at your fingertips to use over and over again.

What People Say about this Workshop

"All the information was fabulous... Covered a lot of ground."

"Excellent introduction to the raison d'être of APIs and SDKs. The course builds a writer's confidence that they are on the right track to developing acceptable SDK documentation."

"Solid, basic API concepts made concrete through examples. Great presentation manner and sense of humor, depth of knowledge and experience."

"Explanations based on experience, not theory."

"I think this course is just amazing for tech writers new to API writing!"

"Very thorough. I highly recommend it."

Save on Workbooks for Everyone

To get the most from this workshop, we recommend that everyone viewing these DVDs has their own workbook. Additional workbooks are available to purchasers of this DVD at a big discount.

Upon completion of the DVD ordering process, your browser will jump to a page where you can order a workbook for everyone on your team at the following discounts:
  • 1 to 4 additional copies: US$35 each (that's 30% off!)
  • 5+ additional copies: US$25 each (that's 50% off!)
  • plus US$3 s&h each

Money-Back Guarantee

And remember, there's no risk: if you're not satisfied with this product, you can return it to us for a complete refund.

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Documenting APIs & SDKs

Just Enough Java

Need to document an
API written in Java?

The Documenting APIs and SDKs: Workshop-on-a-DVD will give you the knowledge and tools to create useful documentation for a Software Development Kit (SDK).

And, the Just Enough Java: Workshop-on-a-DVD will teach you to understand Java source files well enough to begin using your new API documentation skills quickly and efficiently.

Together they are an unbeatable combination.

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only US$693

(with free shipping).
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the regular price.

Or 7 monthly payments of only $99

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