Status Updates on “The Yii Book” and Other Things

October 25, 2012
The Yii Book If you like my writing on the Yii framework, you'll love "The Yii Book"!

If you know me at all, you know I’m pretty much behind schedule all the time, especially on books. Many people are eagerly awaiting my forthcoming, self-published “The Yii Book” (and thanks!), so here’s a quick update:

  • I’m about a month behind schedule. This is largely my fault, although I did hit a couple of snags.
  • That being said, today I finished the penultimate draft on Part 1 of the book (four chapters, plus the introduction). I think it’s pretty good. Part 1 provides a lot of context for the rest of the book, and the Yii framework in general, so I wanted to make sure it was sound.
  • Hopefully tomorrow night (after a day of jury duty), I’ll be able to do the last draft of Part 1 so that I can send it to the technical editors (Qiang Xue and Alexander Makarov).
  • Once that part of the book is in the technical editor’s hands, I’ll work on the Web site where I’ll be selling the book. I’ve already got the domain setup and I’m in the process of getting the Extended Validation certificate in place. Getting the site online will be my weekend plans.
  • Once I get the notes back from the technical editors, I’ll make final edits and outputĀ the book in PDF, ePub, and mobi format to be sold. I expect there may be some snags in getting that just right, but I’ll try to balance my desire to be perfect with your desire to get the book ASAP.
  • Considering all of the above, I’m hoping to be able to start selling the book on Tuesday, October 30th, although it’s possible I don’t make that deadline. I’ll do my best, though.

If I can make that happen, it would give me Tuesday and Wednesday to make sure there are no kinks in the system before I head up to Toronto and the True North PHP conference, where I’ll be giving a presentation on Yii.

Once I return from the conference, I’m hoping to be able to post an update of the book, with 2-3 new chapters, every 2-3 weeks. That should be do-able, as I’ll have worked out the kinks and put the infrastructure into place.

Also once I return from the conference, I’ll continue writing my “Processing Payments with Stripe” series here on the blog.

So that’s where things stand. Thank you again to everyone for their interest in the Yii book (and my other work) and for being patient!