Sunday, June 19, 2005

Please update your links...

I've moved to All the old posts are there.

Always nice to get a good review...

Thanks for your kind words Daniel. It seems so long since I actually wrote the performance book. It is funny that one of the main concerns we had during the review phase of the book was that .NET 2.0 was coming so soon that the material would be out-of-date before it hit the shelves. I guess that long, long delays for Whidbey has been good for me.

I've had a few emails about whether I am doing a peformance book for .NET 2.0. I haven't committed to doing a new performance book in the short term, and I actually heading off on Friday for a six-month self-funded long service leave trip around Australia in a caravan. It been about 10 years since I left my previous career of coastal engineering behind, so an extended break made sense. The trip was also prompted by finishing off the current mortgage and having no burning desire to acquire another one straight away.

Back onto the writing, I need a bit of a break after doing the revision of Eric's C# book, which, based on Amazon's data, is shipping today. A peformance book covering .NET 2.0/ WinFx/ Longhorn will probably make more sense, and give me more time for a more thorough revision.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Photo of the Week - 6 Jun 2005

A rather obvious subject - looking east over the Port Hacking from Warumbul.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Photo of the Week - 28 May 2005

This shot was taken in early May at sunrise over the rock platform between Big Marley and Little Marley looking north towards Marley Head. The weather had been overcast and rainy the previous few days, and the track from the Bundeena road down to Marley becomes a shin-deep creek after rain, making the trek down to the coastline pretty unpleasant. The walk took about an hour, and I lost the track quite a few times in the pre-dawn dark.

There wasn't a lot of good light between the sunrise and the dull grey that occured once the sun climbed above the main cloud layer. In the brief peroid of good light, the warm colours of sunrise contrasted nicely the cold light under the cloud cover. The colour in the rock comliments the sunrise well, and leads the eye nicely into the shot.

Apress Ebooks - a first look

I got my first Ebook from Apress yesterday - Simon Robinson's "Expert .NET 1.1 Programming". I'll be doing the actual reading of the book on my upcoming 6 month round-the-country trip which I'm going on from 24 June till around Christmas, but thought it would be worth a quick post of the actual Ebook process itself. I'm happy to report the Apress has really delivered well with their Ebooks. The good points:

  • The book is available immediately after purchase. It can take Amazon up to half an hour before a book is available for download (which can be a pain if you leave the purchase until just before a long flight). There was no delay between purchase and download availability.
  • The book is available in PDF format, with full book and chapter download available. The PDF pages are exactly as per the printed book.
  • The security lock-down on the PDF is pretty minimal. The file is password protected by the email you use to set up your Apress account, but that's about it. You can print and copy from the file with no restrictions, which is critical to get the book onto the Smartphone using readers like RepliGo which uses a print-driver to convert the file.

    The only addition I'd like would be Microsoft Reader availability, but given Microsoft themselves do such a crappy job of promoting and developing Reader, I can't blame Apress for not supporting this format.

    Well done to the whole Apress crew for a great effort.

  • Wednesday, June 01, 2005

    My Podcast with Dr Pete is up

    Listening to the show, it seems we got carried away at times, so this isn't one for those with political correctness sensitivities.