Friday, November 13, 2009

On EPIA and Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th, some people have superstitions about the number 13th in general (many hotels don't have 13th floor, sometimes not even X13 room), and about Friday the 13th in specific. It seems that Manning, the publisher which publishes the EPIA book is having $13 off the list price in the Manning Early Access Program, so today is an opportunity to purchase the book $13 cheaper, get into the book's MEAP site and if you purchase the book, when checking out use the code: fri13 as a promotion code.

This is also a good opportunity to update about the book status. We have received the review reports from the 2nd review (actually 3rd including the reviews on the book proposal). Somehow the reviewers keep changing, which make them somewhat inconsistent with previous reviews. Reviews are good for improving the quality of the manuscript, it is also shows the necessity of writing a forward to the book explaining exactly what is the focus of this book, as various people have in mind various thing, and as I have written in the recent three book reviews on this Blog, books come from different focus, to different audience, so it is important to set the expectations right about what the book is (a in-depth technical book about the concepts behind designing event processing applications) and what it is not: It does not follow a single language, it is generic and demonstrated through multiple languages, a concept that is new for some readers, also it is not book about how EDA fits SOA, BPM, Messaging and other adjacent concepts and does not take a business oriented perspective, we write briefly about these topics (some reviewers think they are vital, other think they are boring), we leave the business oriented discussion to the book of Chandy and Schulte, and we'll devise an "additional reading" section for each chapter. We are now working on the last 1/3 of the book and intend to finish by early December, and also get the first version of the website alive.

Yesterday we also had an internal briefing in IBM about the book, and this is the slide that ended our presentation.

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