2013 ColdFusion 10 Book Is Shipping
Adobe ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit: ColdFusion 10 Enhancements and Improvements is now shipping. As noted a while back, this book is intended to be used as a 4th volume in the CFWACK series.
2012 New Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes Now Shipping
My little Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes is my best-selling title, it has sold over 1/4 million copies in English, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, has created 3 spin-off titles focused on specific DBMSs, and has even become a textbook in numerous colleges and universities worldwide.
I'm really excited to announce that the new fourth edition is now shipping. In this edition I cover newer versions of popular databases like SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL, and have also added specific coverage for important new options, most notably SQLite. But, the most important enhancement in this new edition is that it is printed in color. Colored titles and headers are pretty cool, but where you really see the value is in long SQL statements that are so much more readable when color-coded.
My copies of this new edition showed up today, and online bookstores should be shipping it next week!
2012 New SQL Book Now In Color
My little Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes is my best-selling title, it has sold over 1/4 million copies in English, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, has created spin-off titles focused on specific DBMSs, and has even become a textbook in numerous colleges and universities worldwide. And at just over 200 pages, it was surprisingly one of the most difficult books to write, too. As such, I've been very reluctant to tamper with this title, sometimes you just want to leave a good thing alone.
It took significant prodding from my publisher, but I have indeed updated this book. For starters, we needed to update content to cover newer versions of popular databases like SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle. I also wanted to add specific coverage for important new options, most notably SQLite.
But, the most important enhancement, and this is what clinched the update for me, is that this new edition is printed in color (as proudly noted on the cover image). Colored titles and headers are pretty cool, but where you really see the value is in long SQL statements that are so much more readable when color-coded.
I'm really excited about this update, and want to publicly thank the folks at Pearson for the push and support.
More to follow!
2012 ColdFusion 10 Book Available For Pre-Order
As I explained previously, our ColdFusion 10 book is a single volume, kind of a 4th volume to the CF9 books, focusing on what is new in ColdFusion 10. And Adobe ColdFusion 10 Web Application Construction Kit is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
2012 Free Books For Schools And Educational Institutions Round 3
Each time I release a new book my publisher sends copies for my own use. And when books get translated they (usually) send me copies of those, too. I generally keep one of each for myself, and then give copies to coauthors, community members, and others. But sometimes copies sit in boxes in my office, ignored and stacking up until, well, a day like today. I spent today reorganizing my office, and sure enough, I have stacks of my ColdFusion books, SQL books, and more.
The last two times they stacked up like this I offered to give them to teachers and students and school libraries, making them available to those who might otherwise not have access to copies, individuals who (hopefully) could benefit from them. All in all I gave away over 400 books, and I hope the recipients found them useful.
So now it's time for round 3. If you work for (or attend) a school or college or educational institution, and can use copies of my books on ColdFusion, SQL, SQL Server, MySQL, Maria DB, Regular Expressions, and more, please e-mail me. Oh, and this time, in addition to English language books, I also have books in Chinese Mandarin, Polish, Swedish, Romanian, French, Russian, Korean, and Italian.
Please note that I can't promise to honor requests for specific books. Also note that some of these books are on older versions of products (but not so old as to be not useful). And finally, it's first come first served.
Oh, and please share this post with others who you think may be interested, thanks!
2012 Where Is CFWACK10?
So, here's the scoop ...
ColdFusion 10 is a very important release, one which builds on the success of ColdFusion 9 by adding invaluable new features and functionality. And that is key, ColdFusion 10 does not change much about the previous release, it adds features and functionality. This means that ColdFusion 9 code and apps should just run as is in ColdFusion 10, and any books and tutorials on ColdFusion 9 apply to ColdFusion 10 as well.
And this presented me with a dilemma. CFWACK started off as a single volume, and then grew to two volumes, and have been three volumes since ColdFusion 8. With a cover price of close to $60 per volume, I could not in good conscience justify updating all the books and charging readers that much money when most of the content in the existing books remains current and applicable. Plus, in order to cover the new features in ColdFusion 10, I'd have had to remove chapters from the existing books, and as the ColdFusion's breadth and scope has increased, that has proven to be a very difficult task.
After lengthy discussions with the publisher, the ColdFusion product team, and my co-authors, we opted not to update the three CFWACK volumes for ColdFusion 10. Instead, we'd create a fourth volume, a "What's New In ColdFusion 10?" volume, intended to be an addition to the current series. This would be much fairer to ColdFusion users, and would also allow for the greatest possible content coverage.
So where is this new volume? Unfortunately (well, I guess it is actually fortunately) there was another recent major Adobe product release, CS6 and the Creative Cloud. The publisher had so many titles to create and update for these releases, that our title got stuck in the queue, and was thus very late leaving the gate.
So, on behalf of my co-authors, I apologize for the title not being ready with the product release. We will release this new volume, and I'll keep you updated on progress.
2011 Now Available: MariaDB Crash Course
MariaDB is a fork (offshoot) of MySQL, one of the most popular database management systems in the world. MariaDB was created by the creator of MySQL to address some of the limitations and shortcomings in MySQL, and is intended to be a drop in replacement for MySQL as well. At the request of Monty Widenius, creator of MySQL and MariaDB, I ported my best-selling MySQL Crash Course to focus specifically on MariaDB. The new book, MariaDB Crash Course, was just released and is now available for purchase.
Note: As already noted, MariaDB is based on MySQL. Indeed, it can be thought of as MySQL plus new features and improvements. In other words, if you have used MySQL then you already know how to use MariaDB. As such, if you have a copy of my MySQL Crash Course or my Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes, then you'll likely NOT want a copy of this new title.
2011 MariaDB Crash Course Available For Pre-Order
At the request of Monty Widenius, creator of MySQL and now MariaDB, I ported my MySQL Crash Course to create a new book entitled MariaDB Crash Course. The book won't be out for a couple of months, but it is now available for pre-order.
2011 Paul Trani's New Book On Flash Based Android Development
Fellow Adobe evangelist Paul Trani is an author! He has just published his first book (co-authored with three other developers) on building Android applications using Flash, Flex, and AIR. Pro Android Flash is available for purchase now on Amazon.com.
2011 Joseph Labrecque's Flash Development For Android Cookbook
Community member Joseph Labrecque has announced that his upcoming book Flash Development for Android Cookbook is available for pre-order, and that content will be available pre-release via the RAW program. With the huge growth and interest in using Flash (and AIR) to develop for Android, I'm really pleased to see this book about to become available. Congratulations, Joseph!