Tonight (December 2, 2018) I’m releasing my latest book, Kotlin Quick Reference.
Somewhere around a year ago I started working on a Kotlin programming book, but then I had to get away from it to work on other things. When I got back to it recently I looked around and felt like the world didn’t need another “Introduction to Kotlin” book — there are a couple of good ones out there, including Kotlin in Action, and the kotlinlang.org documentation is excellent — so I decided to ditch the project completely.
For Cyber Monday I reduced the price of the PDF version of “Functional Programming, Simplified” to $22.50. (Price good on November 25 and 26, 2018 only.) Click here to buy the book!
“Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do. But it was very difficult, and I did not know how I would ever write anything as long as a novel. It often took me a full morning of work to write a paragraph.”
I’ve been working on a Kotlin book on and off for the past few months, and this morning I pulled a Steve Jobs on myself and canceled the project, even though it’s about 75% complete (by chapter count).
The problem with the book is that at this point it doesn’t contain anything unique, although arguably my way of explaining things might be better than other approaches. Unlike the Scala Cookbook, which provides solutions to common Scala problems, and Functional Programming, Simplified, which provides a unique approach to explaining functional programming in Scala, I don’t feel like there’s anything new here.
So, in short, without getting into the details of what’s next, the “vision guy” part of me decided that there are better things to do with my time. (And if you’ve ever been on a project that was canceled and you thought it was hard to take, imagine canceling your own project.)
I’ve known about Ram Dass for a long time, but I don’t think I considered his work too much until I stumbled across the book, Polishing The Mirror, which I now consider to be the best spiritual book I’ve ever read.
I’m pleased to announce that my book, Hello, Scala, is now available in three formats:
As the subtitle of the book shows, the purpose of this book is to help you learn the Scala programming language with small, easy lessons. The book consists of a little over 50 lessons, and it’s 258 pages long.
To make the online reading a little easier, I’ve put a free preview version of Functional Programming, Simplified on fpsimplified.com. That website contains ~40 lessons from the book. For more complete previews, see my original Functional Programming, Simplified page.