How real is the NetBeans Platform book?

"Rich Client Programming: Plugging into the NetBeans Platform" has been mentioned several times, from its inception to the later stages, with pilot chapters being available and comments being welcomed from all corners of the world. That has been facilitated by the mailing lists, by this blog, and by the book's official site (recently created) at http://www.netbeans.org/books/rcp.html.

However, you might have been thinking: "Those are all nice words. I'll believe it when I'm holding it in my own two hands." Well, that's not quite possible yet. What is already possible, though, is to show you what the curent state of the front cover is. That's about as concrete as it gets. If someone has been roped in to put a book's cover together, that means that things are pretty far down the road to release. So... here it is:

Plus there's a page on the Prentice Hall site that is dedicated to the book. Soon you will be able to buy the "rough cut", which is basically a draft form of the book. You'll find editing hasn't been completed on the rough cut, for example, or that code might not be well formatted yet, and other glitches like that. But you'll have the central argument of the book and all its pages. The order of the chapters in the final book might change, and many wobbly areas in the book will have been smoothed out. But, despite that, the main focus of the book will be as you find it in the rough cut.

Click here to jump to the rough cut's page. You'll see it is not available for buying yet. You can already see the table of contents, the preface, and information about the three principal authors.

This is definitely a significant step forward. Thanks Prentice Hall, for putting this together.

Update 27 February 2007: Purchase the Rough Cuts version of "Rich Client Programming: Plugging into the NetBeans Platform" TODAY!

Comments:

One space is missing before ",and Geertjan Wielenga" in the cover.

Posted by Roumen on February 25, 2007 at 05:23 PM PST #

Yeah, I saw that too. But, even the cover is a draft.

Posted by Geertjan on February 25, 2007 at 07:15 PM PST #

:))

Posted by Roumen on February 25, 2007 at 09:07 PM PST #

I like the looks of the cover! Congrats to you, Jarda and Tim along with the other contributors. Having been a proof reader of the content, I will be very surprised if a buyer of this book will be disappointed. It's a must have for anyone considering rich client development.

Posted by huntch (charlie hunt) on February 26, 2007 at 01:32 AM PST #

As part of the javalobby book review team, we would love to have a couple of copies for review, i for one would be very interested in reviewing it. I am sure that in a couple of months PH will send us a copy of the finished product, looking forward to reading all the goodies :)

Posted by Daniel MD on February 26, 2007 at 08:33 AM PST #

Here you can purchase the book.

Posted by Geertjan on February 26, 2007 at 11:17 PM PST #

I have added it to the book review suggestions wiki page at JL-BR wiki. I personally don't have time to review it, i am reviewing other books right now, hope i can review the finished book in April. Again as i said, PH will be contacted to provide the copies if they wish to do so, the reviewers usually do not purchase the books, but i might in case PH is not interested in promoting the book on JL.

Posted by Daniel MD on February 27, 2007 at 12:09 PM PST #

Cool. Let me know if I can help in any way.

Posted by Geertjan on February 27, 2007 at 12:13 PM PST #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.

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