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From Rick Hillegas <rick.hille...@oracle.com>
Subject Re: Fwd: contributing to "The Architecture of Open Source Applications"
Date Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:44:00 GMT
Hi Tiago,

I think it's great that you want to write a chapter on Derby for this 
book. To maximize the value of community review, I'd recommend an 
incremental approach something like this:

1) Circulate your proposed table of contents. I'm hoping you'll get a 
lot of good feedback at this stage.

2) Circulate a sample chapter. It's best to get feedback on your style 
and approach early on.

3) Then dole out the remaining chapters one by one as you write them.

You may find that you want to put off writing the introduction until 
after you're done with the real content--in my experience the 
introduction almost writes itself if you have the content in front of 
you already.


On 6/8/11 3:55 AM, Tiago Espinha wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> We got this message on the ASF community mailing list and I was 
> wondering if any of the Derby veterans were planning on contributing a 
> chapter about Derby to this book.
> I love writing :-) I guess that's part of the reason I embarked in a 
> doctoral degree. For this reason, I was thinking that if no one else 
> is planning on doing so, would the community be ok if I go ahead with 
> it? I'd bring the draft versions to the mailing list before a final 
> submission, to get feedback from a) English natives and b) people who 
> have far more experience with Derby than me.
> I just thought it'd be a nice thing to bring Derby some publicity, and 
> the profits from the book (should people choose to buy it - since it's 
> actually open-source) go to Amnesty International, which I find a 
> noble cause.
> What do you think?
> Regards,
> Tiago
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: *Greg Wilson* <gvwilson@third-bit.com 
> <mailto:gvwilson@third-bit.com>>
> Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 9:41 PM
> Subject: contributing to "The Architecture of Open Source Applications"
> To: dev@community.apache.org <mailto:dev@community.apache.org>
> Hello,
> We just released a book titled "The Architecture of Open Source
> Applications", the content of which is also available online under a
> Creative Commons license at http://aosabook.org. The project's
> over-arching aim is to show people how complex applications are
> designed, and why they are designed that way; as we say in the
> introduction, we want people to explain what the major components of
> their applications, how they work together (or don't), and most
> importantly, why that design was chosen, and what has been learned along
> the way.
> We are now gearing up to do a second volume, and are looking for
> contributions that reflect and encourage diverse participation in open
> source software development. If you might be willing to write a
> chapter-length description of a medium-to-large open source application
> that you have worked on, or if you know someone who might want to do so,
> please get in touch with us at aosa@aosabook.org 
> <mailto:aosa@aosabook.org>. Please note that all
> royalties from sales will be donated directly to Amnesty International,
> so you'll be helping a couple of good causes at once.
> Thanks for your time --- we look forward to hearing from you.
> Greg Wilson (http://third-bit.com)

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