Well, that about wraps it up for a few things. Wrox’s Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 is a much better book than Beg ASP.NET 1.x even in the draft stage. It’s probably because there was no pressure from Wrox to produce a beta edition of the book. Of course, the text has been written against beta 2 but will be checked against the RTM build before its published. All being well, the major changes occurred between beta 1 and beta 2 but you never can tell. With any luck, a big change will just mean that the book is not quite day and date with Whidbey but who can tell the future. What I know is that this is Wrox’s number one priority ASP.NET 2 book and even if it doesn’t match the heady sales of Beg ASP 3, it'll do better than anything I’ve produced since that book. Hurrah.
Also finished some HowTo work for the Channel9 PAG Security wiki. Geez, talk about your switches from beginner text to deep security. Not sure which was more time consuming - understanding the concepts and features within or trying to set up the VPC scenarios to allow me to test \ write the code that demonstrate those concepts and features. Still - I am most definitely the newbie in that field. But I can already see applications for dotCoop. Which is good, I think.
O’Reilly got back in touch about the Head First C# sampler that Lou and I did over a year ago now. Still don’t have the passion to write this. Even if the advance covered my living for the six months I'd need to plan and write it, there’s no guarantee of sales and I’d have quit a job I’m reasonably fond of that pays better than a book ever would. If I’m going to write anything book-sized again, it’s definitely going to be something I care enough about to not mind the continuous effort it takes to write. Must have a look at the old unused specs I wrote and seeing if anything sparks interest...
James Crowley over at Developer Fusion has been gracious enough to reissue some of my book reviews on his site. AdWes has been on at me to write some more and perhaps a couple of author interviews too. There's also a chance of pushing out the Culture Shock Diaries elsewhere too. More random writing is required.