The Final Update
The book is published, I've sent books to everyone (with a couple holdouts who need to confirm their address), and all rewards should be fulfilled. I've removed the early drafts... Read more
Post reviews of Learning Perl 6!
Reviews of book are one of the biggest drivers of sales. Most of you have had the time to read Learning Perl 6 (and you're all experts now, right?) so... Read more
Almost all of the paper books have shipped!
If you've confirmed your shipping address (and have a reward that includes the paper book ;), it's in the mail. This fulfills the rewards for all but about 10 people.
You... Read more
Waiting for more paper books
I received my first shipment of books and have sent them out last week. Now I'm waiting for more books to show up. I'll send those out the day after... Read more
eBooks in one week, print in two
O'Reilly tells me that the eBooks will be available in one week and that the print book will be available in two weeks. There might be a little extra time... Read more
The book goes to the printer on Friday
O'Reilly will send the book to the printer on Friday, August 24. I don't know how long that takes and I think Amazon's expected date of September 22 is a... Read more
The QC2 is done
O'Reilly responded to all of the corrections from QC1, added the index, paginated the book, and several other designery sorts of topics. That created the QC2 version - sorta like... Read more
The QC1 is here
After O'Reilly edits the book and makes their changes and additions they send the author the "QC1" version. Most content things should be fixed at that point. The pagination and... Read more
First editing round done, and previews going away next month
The O'Reilly editor has gone through the entire book and I've responded to all of the queries (mostly very minor things). It's an important step in the process where someone... Read more
O'Reilly is working on the book now
The book is out of my hands now. O'Reilly has control of the repo and is working on it. They're fixing up the typology, proofreading it, creating the index, checking... Read more
June 2018 - The end of Phase 1
I'm done. At least, this is the final monthly e-book. The repos will be open throughout the summer but I expect to take those down once the paper book is... Read more
I'm turning in the book on June 18
I'm going through my final list of things to check and adjust. It's getting pretty short. I've told O'Reilly that the book is all theirs on Monday, June 18.
There's not much exciting to report. With the latest update in GitHub and Dropbox I'm almost done with the book. There are a couple of chapters to polish. I've now... Read more
I just finished the second big pass through the book. That's a big deal. The first pass muddles through an outline and figures out what should be in the book... Read more
Things are going well. I've gone through the entire book and there are only some minor to do items left. My editor at O'Reilly has started reading through it and... Read more
At this point I'm cleaning up what's there and taking out topics I don't think I can easily explain. It's going well. The latest build is in GitHub and Dropbox... Read more
January 2018 update
Things are getting close now. Since I got to the front of the book I'm going back toward the, um, back of the book and cleaning everything up. If I... Read more
Throw it away and start over (not really)
I'm into the second phase of a book like this. Write a chapter, have a better narrative idea, and throw away everything I just wrote. That's the challenge of a... Read more
A year on.
It's been almost a year! The November edition or the draft book is in Dropbox and GitHub for those of you that have those reward levels.
I need to fix... Read more
October: Supplies and the like, and more regex stuff
In October I played around with supplies and channels and all of those mechanisms for passing data around. I think it all deserves its own chapter. I'm starting to... Read more
September: Roles and regexes
[I neglected to publish the August update. Kickstarter has a two step process where I didn't do the second step.]
September was the month for roles and regexes.... Read more
The latest update is in Dropbox and in GitHub for those of you. Most of you have access but those that don't just need to send me their credentials.
I... Read more
July: Blocks and Junctions
July just finished, so it must be time for The Perl Conference in Amsterdam. The monthly e-book release for those reward levels are in GitHub and Dropbox.
I spent most... Read more
GitHub updated, Dropbox is being difficult
The June monthly ebook is the GitHub repo. Dropbox is a different beast. Anyone interested in using Box.com instead?
I think I've reached the limits of what Dropbox can do.... Read more
June's work: the List chapter
Things are starting to come together, although a bit slower than I intended as I mentioned in the June update. I spent most of last month thinking about the chapter... Read more
So, it's June!
When I originally made estimates about when you'd get the physical book, I thought June might be a good target. But, you don't have the book yet and I'm only... Read more
Three Perltricks articles on Perl 6
I've delivered three articles for PerlTricks as part of the $500 reward. These people gave generously without anything given to them personally. Indeed, they gave to all of you in... Read more
I delayed this post a couple of days because I didn't want anyone to confuse it with April Fool's. Anyone get taken by any fake news?
The latest monthly release... Read more
Two chapters coming soon
I've been working on two chapters over the holidays, and you can probably guess what I'm doing by looking at the issues I've put into perl6/doc on GitHub or in... Read more
Almost done! Check those credit cards!
We're five hours away from the end of the campaign (and thank god most of you are probably thinking! Too many updates!).
Ensure that Kickstarter can charge your card for... Read more
A big stack of docs
We're getting close to the end, but there are still lots of fabulous prizes still available! Want me to speak at your Perl mongers meeting? We can figure that out... Read more
Over the bar! But, let's keep going!
A moment after I posted the previous update, several backers came in and one of them put me past the minimum goal. That person gets another copy of the book,... Read more
Put me past the target and get a signed book
We are soon very close to this. It's within rounding errors. With 10 days to go, a couple of new backers or a couple of upgrades puts me at the... Read more
An initial t-shirt design, and other designs
I've been playing around with the t-shirt reward for backers. This isn't a final design and I want to make a t-shirt that you'll like and shows off your community... Read more
20 Quick Tips and 94% of the way there
We're so, so close with the generosity and confidence of 440 backers! A single "Corporate Benefactor" reward meets the minimum funding goal. But, let's not be content with the minimum.... Read more
Three ways you're already getting Perl 6 value
You're already getting value from this campaign even if you don't realize it.
I'm already working on the book because I'm confident I'm going to meet the minimum funding goal.... Read more
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Ugly is easy. That's me and my tpying skills (er, typing). Thanks to everyone who sends corrections. Generating this much text every day fries the brain (and the brian).... Read more
The moment Perl 6 started
I'm writing about the moment that Perl 6 started. Julian Cash recreated the moment with this photo of Jon Orwant throwing coffee mugs against the wall to get people's attention. This... Read more
You want paper books? You got paper books!
I've added more rewards with paper books. A paper book by itself, with an e-book, and one with both of those and monthly drafts.
After my last update I got... Read more
Almost 3/4! And, every book is a pre-sale.
I wanted to get to 75% this weekend, but it's also a holiday weekend so I expected everyone to ignore the interwebs this weekend. If the amount left to raise... Read more
69% of the way there! And, O'Reilly's menagerie is pretty crowded
Almost 70% of the way there! If I get to $27,000, that means I'm one top-level, half-priced Perl training away from making this successful. I also know that's a hard... Read more
New reward: Sponsor Perl 6 content on Perltricks
Perltricks.com wants to help the campaign to make Learning Perl 6 a reality. They've offered to allowed three sponsored-content posts. I'll write the content, you'll sponsor it. You get to advertise... Read more
The "Coming Soon" emerging butterfly
I commissioned an artist to create a butterfly and chrysalis image in something close to the Dover engravings that Edie Freedman used for the original Nutshell books (she writes about... Read more
Past half way, 200 backers, final e-book reward close to gone!
We powered past the half-way point, and now things get tough. All the early backers are in and I have to work hard to get the rest. If I... Read more
Half way! And, a new, "Old School" reward
I added a reward to give out signed copies of the latest Learning Perl, 7th Edition. that covers v5.24 (so, not Perl 6!), but I just got a box... Read more
Oh so close to half way in two days! "UNIVERSAL is Mu" getting scarce!
There are three "UNIVERSAL is Mu" rewards left to get a signed book. Did you know that you can change your pledge amount? Once that reward is gone, I'm not... Read more
A great first day, but it's no time for complacency!
We got to 42% of my funding goal in the first day, mostly thanks to Wendy and Liz backing this project at the highest reward level! I'd love to get... Read more
Spread the word! Let's get 2,000 backers!
Kickstarter looks like its all about the money, but I want to spread the word too! I want 2,000 people, companies, pets, extra-terrestrials (looking at you Elon Musk), or anything... Read more