Thursday, June 15, 2006

Forthcoming: Pro Ruby

Apress has listed a new Ruby book, Pro Ruby, among its forthcoming titles.

Pro Ruby shows how to combine Ruby and agile methodologies into a unified, powerful package.

I do have a special interest in this book, because I'm writing it. (Which is why I have blogged less than usual lately.)

I don't want to give anything away prematurely, but I can tell you two things about the book:
  1. It does not have a Hello World example
  2. There is a sample application, but it isn't an online shopping application
There will be some time before Pro Ruby hits the book stores. When it does, I hope you like it.

7 comments:

Chris Hedgate said...

Henrik, it sounds like a very interesting title. If you need reviewers I would me more than happy to be one.

Henrik said...

You are first on the reviewer list. I've only written about a third of the book yet though, so there will be some time before it is ready.

Could you please send me your email address, so I can let you know when the book is ready?

Chris Hedgate said...

Great, looking forward to it. My email address is chris@hedgate.net.

Anonymous said...

Well,I wud love to be on the list as well..subramanyam86@gmail.com

pate said...

Henrik,
congrats on the book. I noticed it on the APress 'Rails Roadmap', but somehow didn't connect you with it.

Good luck!

Per Wigren said...

How's it going? I noticed that APress doesn't list it anymore... I hope you'll get it finished!

Henrik said...

APress dropped the book awhile ago. When my wife and I got a son last August, my writing speed dropped to virtually zero for awhile. This made APress drop out.

I think they had also begun to realize that the book they had contracted me for wasn't, and never had been, intended to be a book about Ruby programming. It was intended to be a book about Ruby projects.

Yet another factor was that APress uses a functionally organized production process. This does not mesh well with the more flow oriented process I wanted to use to write the book. (Using a functional process to write a book about how to use flow oriented processes was frustrating to both me and APress, I think.)

I am still working on the book, but I am in the process of reorganizing everything. To make the book shorter and more focused, I am dropping the Ruby parts, and focus on the methodology. (There might be a Ruby book if I ever get this one off the ground.)

My writing speed is still very low. It has gotten a little better though. I ditched the word processor APress wanted me to use, so I can write without getting upset all the time. (I am using TextMate and Lout. I would have preferred FrameMaker, but my Mac won out over my PC. Using Lout is a good learning experience though.)

I have also learned to coordinate being a writer and being a daddy. The daddy bit has the highest priority, so don't expect the book to be ready anytime soon. I might publish excerpts though.