Review of Rapid Web Applications with TurboGears

So, I was reading somebody’s blog, and went down a chain of links to find this review of my book.

It’s weird to wander across stuff about yourself on the internet. It’s like walking into a room full of people you don’t know, only to discover they are talking about you.

It’s not necessarily a bad feeling, but definitely a bit disorienting.

Anyway, the review is pretty positive, but it also highlights a couple of ways in which we could improve the book, and it provides a clear picture of what kind of readers will most benefit from reading it.

Because it gives a realistic picture of the pros and cons of the book, it looks like the best (as in most valuable to a potential reader) review I’ve seen on the web so far.

1 Response to “Review of Rapid Web Applications with TurboGears”


  1. 1Bruce Eckel

    You’re in a worse position than I’ve ever been because of the rapid change of the technology you’re writing about. I’ve tended to only put in the herculean effort necessary to write a book when I think the technology will last in some stable form for awhile.

    But I’ve long had the feeling that there must be a better way to do this. Perhaps something web-2.0-ish where there’s at least some participation by readers (this is why I created — with Chris McDonough — the feedback system that you see on the Zope documentation). But there’s got to be a better way to create books when the information is both complex and changes frequently. I was just in Moscow and a professor at the university there asked the not-uncommon question “are you ever going to finish Thinking in Python?” and I once again found myself wondering if there isn’t some kind of community way to do this. Perhaps some of the new wikia stuff, with invitation-based participation or something. It’s been languishing long enough that I’m ready to try some kind of radical experiment. (I know I should be posting all this stuff on my own blog but I’m in Heathrow after flying from Moscow and your entry got me going in whatever jet-lagged no-brain’s-land I happen to be in right now).

    If you come to the Dynamic Web Frameworks Jam we should try to ponder possibilities about this and see if we can brainstorm soemething up. Or maybe I should try to convene a conference about this subject.

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