How to create your own OpenOffice backend w/ @asciidoctor /cc @kubern @ysb33r

My work on creating an asciidoctor backend for Packt Publishing (i.e. OpenOffice) seems to have caught several people’s attention. Today I spotted an exchange of tweets asking about OpenOffice in general. I figured a more detailed approach to doing that would better fit in a blog posting. Starting with the basics For starters, this wholeRead More

Valuable things I have learned while writing three books for @PacktPub

I recently had a friend of mine ask me about the viability of writing a book for his open source project. He had questions about how to submit a proposal as well as the money involved. I wrote him a detailed response, but decided to post some of my lessons learned here. Don’t write a bookRead More

That’s a wrap! “Learning #SpringBoot” ‘s 1st draft has been submitted to @PacktPub

Last night, I worked from 9:30pm until 2am on Learning Spring Boot. Whew! It was tough work, but I needed to pull it across the finish line. I had the code lined up quite nicely for the entire chapter. I simply need to tell the story of how all this stuff worked together. As I’veRead More

The value of software communities is greater than ever

As I continue working on my new book, Learning Spring Boot, I have really noticed the value of communities today compared to when I became a professional software developer back in 1997. Back then, there were news groups and mailing lists, but not the same indexing of EVERYTHING, no Google Groups (which just made searching/workingRead More