Frank Bruno is the author of FPGA Programming for Beginners, we got the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.
Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey.
Frank Bruno: I’ve been a digital design engineer for 30 years and have been interested in writing a book to share my passion. When I was contacted by Packt, I put together what I hope is a good introduction for new users.
Q. What was your motivation for writing this book? How long did it take you to write the book?
Frank Bruno: About 4 months.
Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
Frank Bruno: 30 years of experience and daily use of the technologies covered. I only needed to do some light research into some of the interfaces on the board for implementing a design.
Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?
Frank Bruno: The schedule was aggressive and it did take quite a bit of time having work and family commitments to juggle also.
Q. What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?
Frank Bruno: Pick a project and work on it. Sign up to Github and help contribute. Actual hands on work is the best way to learn.
Q. How do you keep up-to-date on your tech? Do you have a blog that readers can follow?
Frank Bruno: Reading, trade shows and constantly keep abreast of what Xilinx and Intel are working on for new devices. Not up to date, but I’ll work on being better at it:http://www.asicsolutions.com
Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?
Frank Bruno: reddit r/fpga, xilinx.com.
Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?
Frank Bruno: I think the schedule I agreed to was somewhat aggressive. The editors kept me on track. Overall, there are some chapters that are easier than others and it’s just important to not lose focus and keep up.
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