Our book is doing well

 

BookCover.jpgI don't mean to sound surprised, but when you set your goals just right, work really hard, quite often you can be fairly impressed with the results!

A couple of months ago I was at Dev connections in Orlando, and it seemed to do really well there - it sold best every day and finnally sold out.  Needless to say I was pretty happy!   The reviews on amazon are pretty good too, well except for one guy who obviously didn't read it and just looked at the pictures.  We didn't exactly set out to write a SharePoint pop-up book.  He points out something as being a mistake, it's not a mistake, it's actually what that chapter is all about.  Take a loot at these pictures while I take a deep breath. . . .

Paul Litwin has written a lot, like 12 books or something.  Curt Johnson at AWL set up an introduction for me so I met him while I was there.  He blogged about the book and suggested that I do a meet the author.  So, I set out to meet the guy who set up the book store.  As it turns out Rupin not only does all the set up, he's the owner of the bookstore GigitalGuru where smart people get smarter!.  I asked him if I could do a book signing and he was all for the idea.  I checked with the conference people and they were fine with the idea.  Paul announced it in his blog and the next day for two hours I did a book signing.  That was a lot of fun. 

A few speakers mentioned the book in their sessions as well like Dan Larson and Bill Simser among others.  It was a pretty cool experience, "Hey I was in such and such a session and so and so just mentioned your book!".  Needless to say I was quite flattered.  Out of the approximately 2 dozen books out there, speakers like ours enough to mention it.  Whoo Hoo!

Some of the authors blogged about our book right when it came out.  So I tried to find as many as I could to meet them and at least just say thanks.  When Jason and I started out to write this book we wanted to write a complete book and had everything under the sun in it.  Well the resource kit came out.  I like it a lot and immediately called Jason to explain we'd have to change ours around a little bit / a lot.  Apparently Bill got wind of some of our very first marketing material, so I especially wanted to explain the changes from the first onset of the project.  I didn't see him until he was preparing for his presentation, so I confidently walked up to the platform where he was to thank him.  I introduced myself and he got a big smile on his face and extended his hand for a handshake.  When I extended my hand I knocked a glass of water all over his desk, laptop, paper notes, whatever was up there I got it wet!  I tried to clean it up as best as I could, but did a miserable job of it.  I scurried off to another session to avoid any further embarrassment.

I met a lot of people there and had a great time.  I've never been to a dev Connections before and it was pretty good.  I heard that it was really popular for sql folks.  A major complaint was that there was just too much SharePoint going on there.  I can't help it if SharePoint is cool!Bar-B-Q1.jpg

I had a whole slew of things that I wanted to blog about but didn't because I just didn't have the time with the other conferences, work, and the occasional Bar-B-Q get together.  Alot of these topics are already out dated in the last 2 months.  Well except the AJAX functionality in ASP.NET. 

The AJAX that is being offered in ASP.NET, which I believe you can download now, wraps any control in a tag.  I'm thinking that's a really slick way to do it, but then someone asked what happens when the client doesn't have the xmlhttp object (or whatever it is that makes it work) and Scott said then the page won't work in the browser.  I'm wondering why they just didn't remove the AJAX functionality if the dll isn't on the client?  This is all done in JavaScript anyways.  Truth be told I've hard coded my own AJAX support (before anyone called it AJAX), but I have not done it with what Microsoft provides.  I'll have to give it a try and see what they finally did.  Or maybe someone can just leave a comment and tell us how it really works.

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