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!