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To Lynn Beighley - Where did you get inspiration from ?

Edisandro Bessa
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Hi Lynn,

First of all, WELCOME TO JAVARANCH !

I like to know from authors what kind of inspirations they have when deciding to write a new book, specially in SQL area where there are already many tutorials, web sites and books covering this knowledge field.

Why did you decide to write this book ? What were your main reasons/inspirations to do so ?

Best Regards,
Edisandro Bessa.
[ October 16, 2007: Message edited by: Edisandro Bessa ]

"If someone asks you to do something you don't know how to, don't tell I don't know, tell I can learn instead." - Myself
Lynn Beighley
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I'm a fiction writer as well as technical book author. I made an effort to picture you, the learner, as a character. I thought about how the learner would feel about various topics. You know the "Be the Thing" exercises in the HF book? I played "Be the Learner" the entire way through.

I've never met an SQL book that I didn't find somewhat boring. So my secondary goal was simply to make the topic interesting. Creepy clowns, Girl Sprouts, the Brady Bunch, anything I could do to wake the learner's brain up was used. The more serious the topic, the more whacky I tried to make it. And if I found myself laughing while sitting alone at my keyboard, I knew I had succeeded.


Lynn Beighley<br />Author, Head First SQL
Edisandro Bessa
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Wow !

I've just finished my second question and I found you answered my first one !

I think this thread is better classified as a chat, isn't ?

Thanks a lot for your very prompt and detailed reply. Knowing what happens on author's brain is very interesting for us.

Best Regards,
Edisandro Bessa.
 
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