[Catalyst] Is Catalyst large enough to sustain a book?

Kieren Diment diment at gmail.com
Fri Apr 28 06:12:45 CEST 2006

On 27/04/06, Harley Mackenzie <hjm at bigpond.com> wrote:
> During the recent "What a waste of time" thread, it was raised that
> Catalyst doesnt have an "Agile Web Development with Rails" book available. I
> dont want to waste anyones time discussing the obvious bait in this thread,
> but the point is valid that the whole Catalyst community would greatly
> benefit from a comprehensive book.
>    * Does Catalyst have enough momentum and support to sustain a book?
>    * Without giving away confidential information, is anyone aware of a
> book deing developed?
> I would guess that any prospective publisher would be either OReilly,
> Apress, Manning (they dont seem to be too active in the Perl arena of late)
> or as an outside WROX (seem to go more for all in one books rather than
> specialist subjects). If there isnt a work in progress, is it worth
> developing a book proposal?

Well, I'm all for helping develop a self-published pdf a la 47 signals.  Sri
seems to be most receptive to this approach as well.  I think the most
significant barrier to doing this is a.  getting people to do serious work
for no advance, and b.  getting a real professional publishing editor on

I've got my own proposal to work up in the not too distant future, so that
is someone elses problem as it were.

I was also planning on doing some serious market research on the existing
catalyst populatin on the not too distant futrure as well, but that is
dependent on things like $job.

But in a brief answer to your question, yes, probably.
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