Sunday, January 20, 2013

The book has a cover image

Good news everyone!

I now have a cover image selected for the book, Arquillian Testing Guide.  It's going to be the 1964 World's Fair, home of the climactic battle from Men In Black.

Going with the photographer next weekend to take the pictures.  One step closer to getting a pre-order up.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

And then I wrote a book

I started writing a similar blog post to this around New Year's but after reading it a few times it didn't quite convey what I was hoping for.

If you've been living under a rock, I wrote a book.  Yes, I can finally say I wrote it.  First draft is completely in the publisher's hands and reviews going on.  So far I've done one chapter's final draft but have plenty more to do over the next six weeks or so.  Hopefully nothing major comes up.

The book's subject is Arquillian, the leading deployment automation and extension framework for java testing.  It pushed me to learn more about the tools and even question what I knew about how they worked. Overall, I think readers who are new to Arquillian or even automated testing will find it very useful.  It's being published by Packt, and it fits into their "Getting Started" area of books so it's not meant for more advanced users, but generally novices.

One thing I should point out is that I am being paid to write the book.  If you're not aware, I lost my mother about seven years ago to pancreatic cancer.  The Pancreas Multidisciplinary Cancer Team at Johns Hopkins takes donations so I've decided to donate a portion of the proceeds in my mother's name to the team.