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GeneralRe: My Unit Testing e-book is published! Pin
Pete O'Hanlon8-Jul-13 7:13
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Marc Clifton8-Jul-13 8:24
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GeneralRe: My Unit Testing e-book is published! Pin
Keith Barrow8-Jul-13 5:59
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GeneralRe: My Unit Testing e-book is published! Pin
Marc Clifton8-Jul-13 6:10
protectorMarc Clifton8-Jul-13 6:10 
Keith Barrow wrote:
I mean an overview of how you actually went about writing the thing,


Well, I had a failed attempt through an actual book publisher years ago. While I had done an outline, what I realized in hindsight was that I hadn't done a sufficiently detailed outline to discover where my knowledge gaps were, and also failed to discover that some sections were completely without meaningful content - they sounded great as a bullet topic but there was nothing useful to say when it got to writing down the content.

So, with this, I decided I would write the book by iterating deeper and deeper into the sections of the outline, slowly transforming the outline into actual text. So, I first started with a high level outline in which I quickly realized I had some gaping holes that needed to be plugged, upon which I discovered that the technology had advanced considerably since I had last written about it on CP. NUnit in particular is very slick now, with lots of useful stuff. I also had to filter out a lot of things I could have written about, as I was limited to about 100 pages.

Iterating through the outline, I would use it as both a mental placeholder (write about "this" here) as well as creating a continually refined structure to my thoughts. As you can imagine, various sections got moved around as I discovered overlap, and some sections got deleted entirely and being useless.

At some point, the bullet item outline started to become actual paragraphs of text, sort of like a tree leafing out - you have the trunk and all the branches, the text was the foliage, which, in full summer, actually obscures the structure of the tree. That was what the end result was.

Thanks for asking!

Marc

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