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After a few more weeks writing and production time than originally planned, my latest book, Beginning ASP.NET Databases: From Novice To Professional [http://www.apress.com/book/bookDisplay.html?bID=297] went to press today. Thanks to Damien [http://blog.littlepond.co.uk/] for co-writing it. As is the usual way of books with deadlines attached, there’s a lot in there that I’m proud of and a few things I probably would have added if I had had the time. Please email me if you’d like a copy to review and I’ll be happy to sort you out. Expect to see it in the shops in a few weeks time. You can already pre-order it on Amazon.com [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1590593693/hmobiuscom-21] and Amazon UK [http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FBeginning-ASP-NET-1-1-Databases-Professionals%2Fdp%2F1590593693&tag=hmobiuscom-21&linkCode=ur2&camp=1634&creative=6738] .

So what to write next? Not sure, but it will be something Whidbey. We could revise Web Services Core Reference [http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FProgramming-Microsoft-NET-Services-Pro-Developer%2Fdp%2F0735619123&tag=hmobiuscom-21&linkCode=ur2&camp=1634&creative=6738] for MS Press but that hasn’t made any money for us in 18 months. Perhaps a ‘Beginning Web Services’ title including Whidbey taking our cues from Yasser’s nice intro article [http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/wsnetfx2.asp] on MSDN. Certainly not a Whidbey book until the final release - it just doesn’t make financial sense to start writing a book with only three months shelf-life. Taking the ultimate example of this. I wrote Early Adopter Hailstorm [http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FEarly-Adopter-HailStorm-NET-Services%2Fdp%2F186100608X&tag=hmobiuscom-21&linkCode=ur2&camp=1634&creative=6738] in time for PDC 2001 where it was officially canned. It had a shelflife of three weeks. Copies sold < 1000. Money made = £0. There’s scary talk that it might be resurrected [http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1620733,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535] . I think I’ll let someone else cover it. While I’m working for 3Form, there’s much less time to write, so I’ll probably concentrate on my GotDotBooks project - a site for .NET writers - for a while, and wait for Whidbey to mature. In the meantime, some small articles on the writing process here to follow.

Posted on July 7, 2004   #Beg ASP.NET 1.1 DB  

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