When we launched our “Restlet in Action” book project via the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP), we knew we had a long road ahead. This effort has been a source of intense work, an opportunity to step back, take the user seat and exchange in new ways with our community. For example, we have already been through two external reviews and had very regular discussions with readers in the book forum.
The book is now expected to go for printing during Summer 2011, synchronized with the release of Restlet Framework 2.1.0 version. Note that the book will cover both 2.0 and 2.1 versions of Restlet.
Recently, we have published the first two parts of the book, including the first 8 chapters in a total of 12. As it stands, the book already provides very valuable information for both Restlet newcomers and more experienced developers. In addition to presenting the technology we also provide guidance on how to design a RESTful web API, a very hot topic nowadays.
Our immediate priority is to write chapter 9 and finish the edition of chapter 10 in order to release them on MEAP in the coming weeks. Like chapter 7 on security which was contributed by Bruno Harbulot, those two new chapters covering Restlet usage with browsers, mobile devices and cloud platforms are being contributed by Thierry Templier, an experienced writer and engineer that will join our company, Noelios Technologies, next month (welcome to Thierry the Second!).
Over the past weeks, a second review of the manuscript was completed thanks to the help of about 10 external reviewers. We received very detailed feed-back, with many suggestions for improvements and corrections. As a result, we have established a thorough action plan containing about 50 action items that we intend to address. We have also addressed the easier comments on the fly by fixing the manuscript like we generally do with feed-back received via this book forum.
The next priority will be to work on this action plan and in parallel write the two other remaining chapters on “Embracing the Semantic Web” and “Looking beyond this book”. Finally, Manning will launch the printing process, including precise copy edition to improve the English prose and the general writing flow (we are not native English writers!). Thanks for your interest and support, we are almost there!
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