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Book Gripes, Safari Bookshelf, And a .Net Desktops Prize

  • One of the biggest(and most common) mistakes a tech book publisher can make is not knowing to quit while your ahead. Much like bad movie sequels, You'll often see a good book followed by a bunch of totally redundant books that try to sqeeze a little more money out of the customer by luring them with a name that sounds a lot like the first one, but usually holds nothing more than a faded out copy of the messages from it...

Example: A very good book called Extreme Programming Explained was published in 1999. It was a pretty big succes, as the topic was pretty new and provocative(I bought it  and learned a lot).

 So, in the years following that book, the following books came out as well:

  • Planning Extreme Programming
  • Extreme Programming Perspectives
  • Extreme Programming Installed
  • Questioning Extreme Programming
  • Extreme Programming for Web Projects
  • Testing Extreme Programming

Insane. Totally insane. The first one was really great. All the rest are mostly a rehash of the first one, with a slightly different context. Cognitive dissonance for the impulse buyer, giving us peanuts on every book instead of stuffing it all into a nice good book without chewing 75% of the first book over and over.

  • On a different note:

I registered for the Safari Online Bookshelf 30 day trial through our company MSDN subscruption, and it seems really cool. Lots of cool books there, though I really don't like the fact that they pre-stuffed my bookshelf with 7(!) books I didn't ask for and cannot get rid of until the trial period ends, leaving me room for only 13 books which I pick. Hey, If you're gonna give something away, just give it, no smarty-pants games please.

  • Yet another note: .Net Desktops Prize

Scoble promised to try and find some cool prize for the .Net Desktops contest. Yey! Thanks scoble! Now it's gonna get interesting :) Have you signed up yet?

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