What I’m announcing in this blog post has been in the works since early 2008 when I first pitched the idea. It was rejected by several major publishers who basically said the same thing: the idea was in too small of a niche or simply wasn’t marketable. php|architect Press respectfully disagreed with them and decided to publish what is now a book written by me that you can purchase.
It’s currently only available in PDF format due to a delay with the printer; a dead tree version should become available within the next few weeks. To my knowledge, there are plans to offer the paper and PDF bundle as has been done in the past with their other books.
Many of you reading this post probably have a personal to-do list of goals that you want to accomplish within your lifetime. Becoming the published author of a book has been an item on my own list for some time, one that seeing this accomplishment through to its completion has helped me to cross out. I think anyone who has achieved a similar victory can relate to its significance, if only to oneself.
I do of course encourage you to purchase the book. I have no naïve notions that this will result in any substantial monetary return. Even if it did, that was not my reason for writing the book. I did it because I have knowledge that I believe is worth knowing and sharing with you. There were a number of people who contributed to this and I encourage you to read about them in the pages of the book that credit them.
It is also worth restating here that I have many family members, friends, and colleagues who helped to make this possible. There are too many to name, but I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. I consider this a milestone in my life and my only hope is that it has as profound an effect on your life as it has on my own.