write a book for Syncfusion?
The first book I wrote was NHibernate
Succinctly. Back then—and to some degree, this remains the same today—there
wasn’t much documentation or reference material about NHibernate, just some
scattered blog posts here and there. I had been involved in the NHibernate
project for some time and I wanted to help change this. I was very impressed
with Syncfusion’s Succinctly series,
which is something that Syncfusion offers for the benefit of all the
development communities. So I thought, why not give it a try?
After that came a related technology, Entity Framework, which is
Microsoft’s answer to data access. It shares a lot of concepts and features
with NHibernate, so it made sense to write something similar in structure and
how concepts were presented. Next, Microsoft Unity, an Inversion of Control
container, and finally a book on ASP.NET multitenancy.
ASP.NET is my favorite
subject (I am a Microsoft MVP on ASP.NET), and I think it is a great framework—either
Web Forms or MVC—so I was really excited about it!
these books your first technical manuals?
In structured format for public use, yes, these are the first
ones I’ve written, but I have been blogging for some time now. I also do lots
of writing for internal use at the company I work for, CRITICAL Software, and I
am also a trainer in my (not so) spare time, so I write training materials,
slides, and the like.
is your favorite outdated technology?
Are books and CDs outdated? I hope not, because I like to read hard
copies rather than digital formats, and listen to music from start to the end!
But, bookstores and specialized music stores are becoming rare, at least in
Portugal, everything is moving to big stores. I also miss cameras, nowadays
everything is digital and pictures tend to remain forgotten in disks instead of
have you learned since writing your e-books?
Well, I have learned a lot, actually! Not just overall
organization and method techniques, but the need to write with a great degree
of confidence and interest on a technical subject made me really dig into it
and explore lots of options that I hadn’t previously considered. I actually
learned from my books! I had to make my examples simple so that they could be
easily understood, but not so simple that readers would lose their interest.
Probably the biggest challenge was to please both newcomers as well as more
seasoned readers, and I hope I succeeded in this.
you have another reference that you would recommend to people interested in
Microsoft Unity, NHibernate, Entity Framework Code First, or Multitenancy with
There are lots of them! I write about these—and other—topics in
my blog, Development With A Dot.
Interested readers can also find interesting information on Entity Framework in
the One Unicorn blog and Julie Lerman’s Data Farm. For ASP.NET, there are quite a few; I would recommend
Filip Woj’s blog, StrathWeb, Scott
Hanselman's blog, Jerrie Pelser’s site, David Fowler’s Unhandled
and Rick Strahl’s Web Log.
Unfortunately, Fabio Maulo and
taking some time away from blogging, but their blogs still contain lots of
useful information. And, of course, all the other titles in the Succinctly series are must-reads!