You know its Christmas because Packt are running their all ebooks for $5 promotion. Including those I have co-authord and even the ones we’re working on at present.
Our books …
I received an email through the virtual Java User Group highlighting the availability of a couple of eBooks around Java published by O’Reilly. The details are below. The books are more booklets (nothing wrong with that). The key difference being that they are shorter and focused on one or two focused subjects (in this case Java 8’s Lambda’s & Streams) which is great because I don’t want a whole Java book again, I just want to get a handle on the key changes and language innovations. It is worth highlighting that these aren’t just ‘free chapters’ which is what you see happen sometimes as the goal of the book is described, doesn’t depend on prior chapters to work the illustrated material and structured with the appropriate cover material contents, index etc so works as a discrete entity.
This approach seems to be coming more common at O’Reilly at least as a marketing device, and we have seen this being done with the Dummies brand where the booklets have then been printed as conference give aways.
Some may argue that this is a reflection of our ever shortening attention span with books. This maybe the case for some, but I suspect it is more about providing some that is more digestible than a ‘free chapter’, but more importantly reflects the recognition that for books that are providing guides (as opposed to reference books – which I’d include patterns books) people don’t want to buy a latest edition of a book where the 1st chapters are exactly the same as the previous edition of the book and that the only significant change is a new section on Lambdas for example.
Any way the latest book details received are:
by Raoul-Gabriel UrmaOffers a practical tutorial to some of the core Java 8 features and gets you programming quickly with Java 8.by Richard WarburtonExplains the similarities and differences between functional programming and object oriented programming with Java focused examples.
The other book(lets) that have drawn my attention to the trend include:
In addition to these Book(let)s O’Reilly offer a range of ‘reports’ such as:
In addition O’Reilly have a page on ‘Open Books’ (here) – covering significant texts O’Reilly have had some involvement in but published under licenses such as Create Commons.
Might be a little early for Packt, but I have completed reviewing the 2nd Edition of Java EE with Eclipse for Packt now. So the book should be available in the next couple of months.
On the subject of Packt, the Free Learning scheme they are running continues. I’ve seen a couple of books repair since the start of the promotion. But for main part each day is new and different and covers a wide range of things from JQuery and Node, to Hadoop and into Drupal and WordPress. So worth checking back on a daily basis.
All of this means time to do some more Oracle writing.
So having been a little quiet on the book review side of things, having had a bit of time away with the family Packt have asked me to take a look at their book Mastering Puppet (Packt site, Amazon); and excitingly I have been talking with people at Architura (the people behind the Thomas ERL SOA books published by Prentice Hall (Amazon)) and the architecture resources such as SOA Patterns with the possibility of contributing to the pre-publication reviewing of a new book in the series in the next month or so – should be interesting.
We’ve just heard that Packt Publishing have reached 2000 titles now. To celebrate they’re running a promotion until 26th March 2014 with a buy one get one free. The offer is unlimited within the period and the discount will appear when you checkout. For more go to Packt here.
This news got me thinking I’ve contributed to the book authoring process for 5 books now – which means I’ve contributed to 0.25% of the Packt books. Reviewing a book takes on average 4 hours per chapter and most Packt books comes with 10-12 chapters. If it takes 4 times longer to write a chapter (16 hours) that’s 160 hours per book and 32,000 hours of authoring effort in the Packt library, which equates to over 3 1/2 years of non stop writing.
Having successfully become certified with TOGAF 9. I thought it would be good to share some hints, tips and observations that have helped me along the way. So as you may know the exam is conducted through multiple choice – but that simple examination approach should not give a false sense of ease – because a lot of the options will sound right (until you understand the exact technical meanings).
Aside all of this there are classic exam suggestions – give yourself time to get to the exam location – a calm composed mind is crucial for this. Try and rush through this and you’re potentially facing a disaster. Make sure you have all the information the test centre requires (id’s etc) – one less stress. Travel light as you wont be able to take anything into the test room. Finally, try and get into ‘the zone’ and roll with the blows dont let the process of taking the exams stress you. I thought I’d scrapped through stage 1, and flunked stage 2 – but discovered I came through with reasonably good scores.
The next book up for review is going to be Oracle Fusion Applications Development and Extensibility Handbook (Oracle Press)
I have to declare a slight interest in my reviewing as I have had the good fortune to work with one of the authors- Vladimir Ajvaz; and extremely knowledgeable and talented Application Architect.
My friends at Packt Publishing have just told me they are repeating last year’s amazing offer of ebooks at a flat price of $5 (for us Brits that’s £3.05) go here. The Offer runs from sometime today (19th Dec) through to the 3rd of January.
The offer covers both their Open Source books, but also their Enterprise books as well (lots of Oracle and Microsoft publications).
Given the pricing you can’t go wrong. I know last year I ended up with about 6 months of technical reading.
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