Saturday, June 5, 2010

Breaking Up The Monolith: Vapourbook?

Well, any potential readers would certainly be within their rights, after more than four years of planning and talking, to think that Breaking Up The Monolith: Advanced C++ Design without Compromise, was exactly that: nothing more than hot air.

The good news for anyone that still cares is that:
  1. There's only one technical aspect of the book - the application of the Handle::Ref+Wrapper pattern to file fa├žades - to be worked on, and that's germane to a project I'm current undertaking, so it's two birds with one stone. Every other technique (including other applications of HRW) has now had several years of successful commercial use and is proven. So I guess there was something positive about my glacial pace, after all.
  2. I'm now confident of my workload for the next four months, meaning that I can plan for specific chunks of time to be dedicated to the writing of Monolith.

This is the best chance of getting it over the line I've had in over three year. If I don't succeed this time I really will deserve to lose all my readers!

Fingers crossed.

Matt

7 comments:

  1. If some chapters are more or less finished, maybe you can made those drafts available for those who're interested? If anything, I think it'll increase book sales.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Just pinging - no-one else does your kind of 'get it done smart' C++ book, if you're wondering whether the world needs your book.

    Probably all the usual C++ authors are writing about either parallelism or C++0x.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Am working on the final proposal at the moment, and hope to get cracking within the next fortnight (assuming they approve it, of course).

    Am think I might post parts of the proposal material on here soon, to test the waters.

    P.S. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be able to convincing demonstrate that variadic templates are a still-born idea. Which won't be popular ...

    ReplyDelete
  4. [Oh, pardon my manners: I meant to say "thanks" for the encouragement and kind words. Matt]

    ReplyDelete
  5. > P.S. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be able to convincing demonstrate that variadic templates are a still-born idea. Which won't be popular ...

    *Now* I'm curious.

    ReplyDelete
  6. > *Now* I'm curious.

    Excellent. I guess that's something I'm going to have to provoke in a lot of people ... ;-)

    ReplyDelete