Atomic Scala book update

Atomic Scala is now “in production,” which means we’re building the index and finalizing the cover and making editing passes and creating other support elements so we can actually go to press in a month or so. We’ll stay with print-on-demand for the time being because we’re still learning things and want the freedom to make improvements. This book is also an attempt to adjust to the way that people actually learn and to make that learning experience better — this makes it more of a continuous experiment. For example, a few weeks ago my coauthor and I gave a one-day tutorial at a conference, and we came away realizing that experienced programmers needed a couple of summary chapters that they could jump to; this way the book can serve both beginning programmers and experienced programmers. So we came back and wrote those, and now the book is better. We expect this experience will be repeated as we gain more information about how people learn from the book.

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Bruce Eckel is the author of Thinking in Java and Thinking in C++, and a number of other books on computer programming. He’s been in the computer industry for 30 years, periodically gets frustrated and tries to quit, then something like Scala comes along and offers hope and sucks him back in. He’s given hundreds of presentations around the world and enjoys putting on alternative conferences and events like The Java Posse Roundup. He lives in Crested Butte, Colorado where he often acts in the community theatre. Although he will probably never be more than an intermediate-level skier or mountain biker, he finds these very enjoyable pursuits and considers them among his stable of life-projects, along with abstract painting. He is currently studying organizational dynamics, trying to find a new way to organize companies so that working together becomes a joy; you can read about his struggles in this arena at Reinventing-Business.com, while his programming work can be found through www.MindViewInc.com.

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