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

Sebastian Riedel sri at oook.de
Fri Apr 28 11:25:54 CEST 2006

28.04.2006 06:12 Kieren Diment:

> 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?

O'Reilly is not interested (they made clear they are only going to  
"support" one framework),
Apress asked us to write for them but then stopped answering (heard  
they've chosen some Python framework now).

Don't know about Manning yet but i'm not very optimistic.

> 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 board.

Yes i really like the idea of self publishing.


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