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20060201 Wednesday February 01, 2006

RE: Secrets Behind Ruby on Rails Category: SourceBeat

The numbers behind Ruby on Rails are certainly impressive. 25,000 copies of Agile Web Development with Rails has been sold. That's impressive for any programming book. It makes you wonder if SourceBeat should provide a Rails title? Ruby on Rails and Ajax seem like two rapidly-changing technologies that'd be perfect for the SourceBeat model.

In other SourceBeat news, James claims to be "very close" to finishing up the new site. Next week I plan on polishing the UI. Hopefully we'll be able to release it in mid-February. No promises though - I thought we'd release it last September. ;-) (2006-02-01 09:17:56.0) Permalink Comments [3]

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SourceBeat doesn't seem to be agile in my view. When hibernate newly came out and everyone was jumping on it, I notice that sourcebet was planning to come out with a book. If I remember correctly the dates mentioned was sometime Oct 2005. The status hasn't changed much except that the dates have been taken off.

Ditto for 'Tapestry live'.

If SourceBeat comes out with a book on ROR, two years from now who cares. I need a book on RoR NOW (besides one that's already there).

Posted by Neeraj Kumar on February 01, 2006 at 10:25 AM EST
Website: http://neeraj.name #

Neeraj - I completely agree. Many of the issues with current books getting published have to do with author enthusiasm. In addition, there's no one at SourceBeat managing (and/or harrassing) authors to get stuff done. I've expressed this concern to the owners and I'll do it again today. Thanks for your comment - it's absolutely true IMO. SourceBeat seems to be relying too much on Author Productivity rather than putting processes into place that encourage productivity. IMO, authors that aren't producing should be replaced.

Posted by Matt Raible on February 01, 2006 at 10:45 AM EST
Website: http://raibledesigns.com #

Sorry, Neeraj, but I disagree. Books from SourceBeat are not about "flavor of the day" and what you want right now. They are about technologies that will be there for the long haul, and we were not prepared to make that leap of faith with RoR. Nothing against it, but just because something is trendy means that we will do a book on it. I am happy for the alleged success of Agile Development on Rails (numbers can get misquoted as to what exactly "sales" mean...I hope the authors get paid for 25,000 copies sold) As for Hibernate and some of our other books, we have had some problems with authoring that even a task manager could not improve. We have a much more difficult model in that it does count on author motivation quite a bit more than any other publisher. We continue to look at different processes to help the author and hope to improve on the model. I do appreciate your comments.

Posted by Matt Filios on February 01, 2006 at 01:14 PM EST #

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