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Some news about HF books

Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
I'm hoping to answer questions concerning new HF titles, that have come from various forums, into one answer / discussion, here

What we've learned over the last few years is that it's hard to write a HF book. Eric and Beth and Brett have all been able to write great HF books, but lots of other HF authors have had great difficulty. So, we've decided that we want to much more sure about a book before we announce it.

That said, at this point we feel pretty comfortable with the following:

HF Software Development - this summer sometime
HF SQL - later this summer / fall

As far as a new EJB book goes, we're trying to figure out how to make that work. We have a couple of ideas we're pursuing, and as always, we'll announce such a book here at the ranch first.

As far as JSF goes, we also have a few ideas we're kicking around. For sure, "if and when" the SCWCD exam gets updated (emphasis on IF AND WHEN :roll: ), IF it includes a JSF objective it will be added to HFSJ. So - don't read too much into this there are a TON of "ifs".

I will say that there are a bunch of other HF books in beginning stages, so I think it's reasonable to expect we might be able to make announcements in the near-medium future. My hope for the long term is that we'll be able to announce books when they're closer to fruition, such as the two books I mentioned above. That way there will be fewer false starts, and when a book is announced it won't involve such a long wait.



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Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
HF Software Development sounds particularly interesting. I don't suppose you're in a position (yet) to tell us anything more about it?
Wilson Gordon
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Joined: Apr 07, 2007
Posts: 89
Thanks for the updates.
[ April 30, 2007: Message edited by: Wilson Gordon ]
Michael Farinha

Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 26
Hey Bert,

Thanks for the update!

So the HF SQL book isn't going to be implementation specific (eg MySQL, MS SQL, or Oracle)?

Also (I know I'm going to be bound, gagged, and beaten for asking this... or at least get some dirty looks! ) are you able to mention if there are any .NET books in the works?

*Ducks and runs for the hills*
[ April 30, 2007: Message edited by: Michael Farinha ]
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Dan, the author of the SD book has said a few things on JavaRanch about his book - I'll get him to check back in.

As far as .net or whatever else, when we feel confident that a new book is going to be ready, we'll announce it here - again, we've had a few false starts in the past, and we don't want to repeat those
Bill Mietelski

Joined: Aug 18, 2004
Posts: 25
Hey Bert,

I could really use a book on .NET development using C#.
No rush; Friday should be fine.

Say 'Hi' to Kathy for me.
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