Lifting the Veil: How the NetBeans Platform Book is Being Written
By Geertjan on Dec 14, 2006
...NetBeans itself. We're using a DocBook module (made by Jesse and Tim, as far as I'm aware) that recognizes a DocBook folder structure as a project, so that a folder of DocBook files can be treated like files in any other project. So, this is what the book looks like, and this is the view I have on it while writing:
And, each individual chapter (or the book as a whole) can be turned into an HTML file via a menu item, as shown above. And then you're one click away from a PDF document:
So, we're writing the book in the same way as NetBeans encourages people to program... in a modular way. Various individual people are responsible for individual chapters, they write them, commit them to CVS, and eventually the whole book will be assembled from these separate pieces.
We're by no means at the end yet, but our deadline is coming up very soon, (and then the proof reading cycle begins) so we're definitely very far along already. I'm really looking forward to seeing it in print!