Monday, December 11, 2006

An Interesting Package

So, I was heading out the door to run some errands this morning, and I practically tripped over a package sitting on the steps. It turned out to be the author's copies for the second edition of Practical Subversion.

Now, this is both cool and weird at the same time.

It's cool because Practical Subversion has been rather out of date for some time (I have this vivid memory of committing a change a month or two before the book was scheduled to go out that made something in the book that couldn't be changed obsolete, so I personally contributed to my own book being out of date before it even hit shelves), and this second edition brings it up to date with the great stuff that the Subversion developers have been doing over the past few years.

It's weird because it's just a little bit odd to get an author's copy of a book that I didn't really do any significant work on. All the heavy lifting on this edition was done by Dan Berlin, with technical review by Malcolm Rowe. All I had to do was say "Sure, lets have Danny do a second edition", and everything between then and publication was totally out of my hands.

Anyway, if you liked the first edition, but wish it was more up to date, or if you haven't read it yet and are looking for a book on Subversion that doesn't assume you don't know the first thing about version control, I suggest you check it out. From what I've seen so far, the new edition has been well worth the wait.