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Book deals?

March 7th, 2008

There’s this Canadian guy (nothing against Canadians) who was kind enough to label me as a bitter, jealous, open source developer aching for a book deal, and that was the motivation behind some posts.

Huh?

I don’t think I own explanation to anyone, but in case you, one of the five readers of this blog, are wondering, during the past two years I was approach by O’Reilly, Wrox, Apress, and Manning to write a book about Castle. Manning almost convinced me using something like “we craft a few books per year”. But really, I wrote a book before. It doesn’t pay off financially. The percentages paid are ridiculous if you consider that you did the hard work. They just put it in a nice cover and distributed it.

So I declined Manning’s offer as well. If there ever will be a book about Castle, it would be a pdf to sell online. Comparing with what’s happening with the music industry and you can see a trend.

Thanks goodness though that labeling, using flickr pictures to ridiculer someone or to sustain your “strong argumentation”, and all acts like those ones are still the exception on the .Net world, that from my perspective is still healthier than Java and even Ruby communities. Hopefully it will stay like that, despite the “non-technical” content.

For the records, the previous two posts about some people came to question their technical abilities. It’s something to make people think. For someone that is promising to show me “the right way to build apps” it’s natural wanting to know more about him/them before giving thumbs up, sitting on a chair and wait for the enlightenment.

Best place to buy technical books (?)

March 4th, 2007

I just bought four books, intl delivery. I checked on Amazon and Bookpool. Bookpool’s subtotal was about $40 less than Amazon’s, however Amazon shipment wasn’t as expensive as bookpool’s. But in the end, even with the most expensive shipment, Bookpool was cheaper than Amazon by ~$20.

Fatbrain is gone, so aside from Amazon and Bookpool I don’t know where to check for more appealing prices. Any recommendation? Thanks :-)

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Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project

July 13th, 2006

This book, that you can buy or download, is a must read for everyone seriously involved with open source. I’m about to finish it and have decided to make a few, but important, changes on how the Castle Project is released, documented, managed and organized.

I’ll disclose more details on what I plan to change shortly.

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