Many of you may know my article series, The Mysteries of .NET Configuration. This series has been great fun writing, and has garnered a huge amount of feedback from the community. I think its great that people have found value in these articles, and as such, I have begun thinking about writing a book on the topic. It seems to be one of the only topics that does not have a dedicated set of curriculum, but configuration is also one of the most integral parts of any application.
Instead of continuing or finishing the article series here on CodeProject, I may instead write a complete book on the subject, and hopefully get it published through APress Experts Voice, Wrox, or one of the major tech publishers (if another idea does not pan out first...more on that if I something happens with it). I'll keep posting on the progress of the book idea, or the book itself if I start it, here in this CodeProject blog.
Many thanks to everyone who offered advice or submitted questions on the Mysteries series. I hope to keep providing more information on the topic in one way or another (as I find time...so busy these days).
I hope you write a book ! fyi the best technical book format (for a book addressed to working programmers) I've come across in a long time is the one used by O'Reilly in such books as Jesse Liberty's "Visual C# 2005 : A Developer's Notebook."
Another model would be an e-book, essentially a technical monograph, that you could market directly (and perhaps then get an offer from a publisher for print rights).
Thanks for all of your excellent tutorials !
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Call me Scrooge, but Christmas is the time of hear that I feel like I'll loose all my hair. So MEH, Christmas!
Since I've been working on a series of articles, and trying to improve existing ones, I figured it was time I started adding to this blog. For those who are interested, I am still working on the Mysteries of .NET 2.0 Configuration series. The second article was released a few days ago, although it isn't quite up to my level of standard. I plan to improve it once the Christmas season is over. The third article, Cracking the Mysteries of .NET 2.0 Configuration, is in the works, but progress is slow right now. Work has been pretty stressful these last couple weeks before the holiday hits, and I have little motivation to work more once I get home in the evenings. The article should find its place on CP sometime early January '07.
This third installment to the Mysteries of .NET 2.0 Configuration will be quite extensive. It will cover such aspects as manual serialization and deserialization, the overall architecture of the configuration framework itself, as well as numerous advanced topics like locking, permissions, and application/user local/user roaming configuration. Advanced ASP.NET configuration features will also be discussed, including location-specific configuration settings.
Also comming is an update to the Line Counter addin for Visual Studio 2005. This update will fix the intaller project, and add some basic XML/XSLT reporting features. I have found little decent information on the concepts of code complexity, particularly Cyclomatic Complexity. In light of the mediocre information and time constraints, this feature will probably not be added as was originally planned. I still hope to add the class and method counting feature, hopefully early 2007.
Well, thats all for now...pray the holiday season doesn't kill me, and I'll be back next year.
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