[Catalyst] So, what do we want in the -next- book?

Jon catalyst at bytabok.com
Thu Apr 3 22:25:12 BST 2008

On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM, Ali M. <tclwarrior at gmail.com> wrote:

> "Education (or knowledge depending on how you translate it) is As
> Indispensable As Water and Air"
> -- Taha Hussein (an Egyptian scholar)
> One of the maing benefits of Free Software is Free education, I don't
> understand when a Free Software proponent do not also support just as
> much free education in the form of free docs and books

I enjoy free beer just as much as the next person, however like so many
before has pointed out, people don't have unlimited time but do have
expenses, thus they need to get money in some way. I for one prefer if they
get those money by writing books about for example catalyst rather than
helping company x getting a new shiny web shops or whatever. How about you?
Maybe you could try calculating how many *free* hours Matt and Jonathan (and
several with them) have spent helping people in the lists.

If you want some free documentation, how about creating a FAQ or indexing
this mailing list with its I-don't-know-how-many-thousand-emails, reading
and adding to the wiki, reading the manual that comes with catalyst or look
at the action at the irc. Or if you know other (natural) language maybe even
translate some of the documentation that exists and thus help people who
prefer documentation in their native language? If you get stuck you're
always welcome to ask people at the mailing list for free.

With this said, I'm a bit tired of this thread. The subject reads "So what
do we want in the -next- book?" not "Would you like to have a free book?".
Can people pretty please stick to the subject?

Sorry for the above off topic rant. I'm not sure what I'd prefer, a really
in-depth one covering making plugins, and some of the voodoo going on
internally that isn't really visible to the general developer but can be
useful knowing. Or like others have suggested, a cookbook with a large
variety of useful examples showing "best practices" for different

I'd buy both of them.

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