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Book proposal: The Diaries Of A Whimpy Notes Programmer 
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: Peter Presnell26659 15 Dec 2010
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This is response to Ben Langhinrichics' request for book proposals.
Building on a similar format to the great series written by Declan Lynch I would propse a book specifically targeted at those people who have acquired skills as a Notes Classic developer and are looking to make the change to XPages.  But rather than write it as a reference guide in sections, write it in a diary format in which new material is introduced based upon the need to solve a range of common everyday programming needs, starting with the day the whimpy programmer's company upgraded from Notes 7.0 to 8.5.3 (Yes get on the beta program to make this book current).
It would cover topics (interspersed across the entire book) such as:-
  1. Introduction to to DDE
  2. Getting the most out of ELSE (Eclipse lotusScript Editor0
  3. Migrating existing apps to XPages
  4. Rewriting LotusScript as SSJS
  5. An introduction to Java
  6. An introduction to Eclipse
  7. An introduction to EL
  8. An introduction to XPage controls
  9. XPiNC
  10. Extension Libraries
  11. An introduction to Themes and style sheets
  12. HTML5

1) Patrick Picard896 (15 Dec 2010)
I'm all for a O'reilly Cookbook style book.
2) Richard Schwartz3723 (16 Dec 2010)
Good topic. Lousy title. Find a better one.
3) Peter Presnell26659 (16 Dec 2010)
@Richard - I have a 7yr old daughter who's favorite book at the moment is Diaries of a Whimpy Kid. I thing the style of telling a story as done in the book/movie is a fresh way to get a message across. I was hoping the title would convey that to those familiar with the books. I am happy to have the author select a more appropriate title .
4) Ben Langhinrichs7009 (16 Dec 2010)
I have to say, I think this would be great fun to write, although I'd need somebody who actually knew technical stuff to feed me content. It might even be that a few co-authors would be needed.

My only concern is that like Keith Brooks' "Troubleshooting Lotus Infrastructures", this would be better suited as a mini-series, with multiple parts that focused a bit more.


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