By Darryl Gove on Oct 27, 2008
It looks like my book is available in India from Dorling Kindersley. I've only just found this out. I presume the book is not localised. The link is the only book store I could find selling it.
The format of the show is Q&A, plus phone-ins. So the discussion could go anywhere. Basically you can phone-in to the show to listen and ask questions. It's also streamed live over the net - although that apparently cuts off at 2pm sharp. Then it gets archived for on-demand replay. Should be an interesting experience.
I'm set to appear on Innovation Insider next week to discuss the book, plus anything else that might be of interest. I'm waiting confirmation of the time. It's recorded 'live', but takes about an hour to appear on itunes.
They take questions during the show, so do listen in and do ask questions. If you can't make the show, but do have some questions for me, either post them as comments, or e-mail me.
The Chinese version of Solaris Application Programming arrived this morning (thanks John!). It was quite a thrill to get this version of the book. Getting the original copies was very exciting, but unlike when you buy a book, or a CD, or a movie, when I opened it I could recognise all the text. So the thrill was a bit short-lived. This time, I had no idea what the book would look like, and what the contents would look like. Looking through it is rather like finding some obscure versions of your favourite songs.
I've just heard, that Solaris Application Programming is now available Chinese. The translation was undertaken by a team, so thank you Junfeng, Fiona, Zhen, Huiwe, Mengwei, Annie, Chris, Huafeng, Yong, Ryan, Xiuyan, Aresena, Steve, Min, Evan, Jijun, Rachel, Will, and Fred!
As I wrote earlier, I'm planning on a number of short presentations rather than a single long one. I don't know whether I'll manage all four of the sets of slides that I've prepared - I rather hope that there will be more discussion and I'll end up only doing one or two sets. Anyway the topics I've prepared are:
Just completed the Second Life presentation. It appeared well attended, and I got a bundle of great questions at the end. If you were there, thank you! I've uploaded a screen shot that I managed to get before the presentation started. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the stage setup with the life-size books, a very nice touch.[Read More]
Will Zhang just received an SDN award for leading the effort to translate Solaris Application Programming into Chinese. Thanks, Will!
I've been invited to appear in Sun's "Meet the authors" programme in Second Life. I'll be talking about my book on 24th April, 9am PST. Hopefully there will be copies of my free book available to some fortunate attendants.
I missed the kick-off event, which was Jonathan Knudsen's talk on his book "Kicking Butt with MIDP and MSA", the transcript is available. He's also the author of the "Unofficial Guide to LEGO Mindstorms Robots", which probably makes him a tough act to follow!
Solaris Application Programming is now available as a kindle book. I've not had the chance to try one of these things, but it seems like a perfect fit for reference books; a lot probably depends on the speed of the search - I rarely use technical books in a linear way.
It's chapter 4 which is the chapter which discusses the tools that come with Solaris and Sun Studio. The chapter exists because I find that there are some tools that I use every day, and some tools that I might touch once a month, and some that I use even more rarely. The problems I hit are:
Obviously I hit the third problem very infrequently, but I'm sometimes surprised when I discover a tool which I'd previously never heard of which just happens to do exactly what I need. Anyway I hope you find the chapter useful. It's one of my two solutions to this problem.
The other solution is spot which attempts to collect all the data that you routinely need for performance analysis of an application. So it calls the other tools - so you don't need to know the commandlines, or the names of the tools. One of the things that should be noticeable with spot is that it has few commandline options. I was hoping that we'd end up with none, but some are inevitable; but those are really house-keeping options (where to put the report, what to call it). There's only -X which generates an extended report, given the time it can take to get the data, it seemed appropriate to do the high value stuff quickly with an option for the tool to take a longer time when the user specified that it was ok.
Quite a few people have asked me about the picture on the cover of the book. I didn't get to choose it; in fact the first I knew of it was when I saw it on amazon. I had provided some input, I'd picked some pictures out from a selection of Sun brand photo stock. I think I'd found Stone Henge, Tower Bridge, and also an enigma machine (before we moved to California we were living in Milton Keynes, just up the road from Bletchley Park where all the code cracking happened). My general request was 'something English'. So when I saw the cover I thought 'Hmmm, fields, that's kind of English, but those don't look like English fields'.
When the books arrived I noticed that the photographer, Kevin Horan, was listed on the back, and a quick google later, I have identified that the pictures came from a collection called ... wait for it... American Farms!
Yesterday afternoon I got two copies of the Solaris Application Programming book. I'd been on edge for quite a few days, since they were supposed to be printed on the 21st. I've skimmed through it and it looks fine (I recently read this, old, post on Jim Mauro's blog about the first edition of Solaris Internals, so I was expecting the worst!).
For those who are unfamiliar with the rough-cut programme, the idea is to get early access to drafts of new books. The draft of my book that is available is the one that I actually handed over about two months back. This is before the copyeditor went through smoothing out the grammar, and also before I did another review of the text. The layout of the book is also different.
From the link you can either get access to the full text (for example, if you have a subscription to safari), or you can view snippets from various sections of the book to get a feel for the content.
Part of the idea of rough-cuts is that they provide an opportunity to influence/improve the final product. So please use the mechanism they provide to comment.
A couple of folks requested that I post the table of contents for my book. This is the draft TOC, not the finished product. I assume that there will be a good correspondence, but the final version should definitely look neater.