Last Friday I sent the first chapter of my book to the Development Editor. It’s only one chapter, which is about 30 pages or so of text and figures. I foresee and fully expect that the real challenges are still to come; yet a great deal of work already went into this first stepping stone and I feel very satisfied by the initial results.
While I briefly mentioned, on Twitter and here, that I was going to write a Rails book, I never provided any details given that the book was still being discussed and the contract had yet to be finalized. Now I can finally provide you with a bit more information. The book will be Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers and it will be published in December 2008 by Wrox (in their Professional Series).
I’m always motivated by a sense of purpose, and wouldn’t be able to find it if the book were to be yet another generic Rails one. I’m ecstatic about this project, because I feel that it’s a book that matters. If I do a good job, this title will be more than a Rails guide for .NET programmers, it will be an immersion course into the Rails community and culture for those developers who come from a very different background and have, more often than not, different opinions and viewpoints on development. I’m writing it because I feel it’s a book that needs to be written.
Being a book by Wrox, you’ll also get to see my chubby face on the cover, a very strong argument against the otherwise nice personal touch that Wrox covers convey. 😉 Given that self-portraits are discouraged, I’m open to suggestions and recommendations for a good professional portrait photographer in Toronto or the GTA. More than a photographer, I’d need a miracle worker. But oh well, I started a proper diet nevertheless, even if it won’t have done any good by the time my picture is taken in June. 🙂
Frivolous matters aside, so far the journey that just began has been great and characterized by the distinctive feeling of working with a team of real professionals who’re eager to help. I’ll keep you posted as I progress through this marathon.