Yii 2 and the Yii Book

September 12, 2012
The Yii Book If you like my writing on the Yii framework, you'll love "The Yii Book"!

As you may know, I’ll be writing and self-publishing a book on the Yii framework this fall. I’m working on the table of contents now, and will likely post that in a week. You may also know that Qiang Xue, the creator of Yii, has graciously offered to act as the personal tech editor for the book, as has Alex Makarov, author of the popular Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook (Packt Publishing). It’s a great honor that both men have offered their time and assistance, and will clearly make for a better book.

With Yii 2 on the horizon, many readers asked if I planned to write the book for version 2 of the framework. And that answer was “yes”. But with Yii 2 not yet out, other readers are now asking if I’m still planning on writing the book for version 2. Well, in communicating with Qiang, there’s been a bit of a change of plans…

Qiang is working very hard on getting version 2 of his framework right (plus he has a job and family and other things to do). As of now, Qiang expects the alpha of Yii 2 to be out by the end of the year. Once the alpha is available, it would probably only be a couple of months before Yii 2 is production ready. Trying to be flexible, let’s assume that Yii 2 might be out in December and production ready in March 2013. (I know people are eagerly awaiting Yii 2, but the changes in this new version will be in place for years to come, so the new version shouldn’t be rushed. Also, Qiang is one guy, doing all this for free, so let’s cut him some slack, eh?)

Anyway, what does this mean in terms of my Yii book? What I’ve decided to do is write the book now for Yii 1: the version of the framework that you can use today. That way, if you buy the book now, you can use the information now.

If you haven’t caught this part of the plan before, know that I’ll be selling electronic versions of the book to start, and you’ll be able to buy it as I write it, and receive free updates as they are posted.

Next, when Yii 2 is out, I’ll update the book for Yii 2. I’ll probably do this when Yii 2 is in alpha or beta, so as to time the updated book’s completion with the production release of the framework. Those people that bought the Yii 1 version of the book will be able to download the Yii 2 version for free.

This approach means more work for me, but as I’m asking readers to take a bit of a risk in buying the book as I write it, I think it’s the fairest solution. If you buy the book, you’ll get a Yii 1 book and, when the time comes, a Yii 2 book, too.

I expect most people to be pleased with this solution, but let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for the interest in the book!