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shiflett (3841)

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I own a small PHP consultancy located in New York. I just finished writing my first book for O'Reilly, entitled Essential PHP Security. Yes, I'm a PHP guy hanging out on a Perl site.

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Monday March 03, 2003
03:02 PM

Writing Books

[ #10866 ]

I converted the PDF of one of my chapters to HTML the other day using ps2ascii (which worked very well, despite not being pdf2ascii), and I found myself wondering what other publishers use in the development of books.

I can understand PDF as a format to go to the printer with, but I had to write the entire book in Word format, which seemed ... weak? I'm not an expert on the various options here, but I would assume things like troff and latex would be more "industrial strength". Using a word processor just seems more like what one would use to write a paper for school.

This is just my rambling curiosity, however. The staff at Sams was most professional and friendly the entire time, so I have no regrets, and I think the book turned out quite well.

You can see my sample chapter (more to come) at:

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  • congrats on finishing that all up, and welcome to use.perl :) the website looks great BTW (well, the one at anyway, I can't resolve :)
    • Thanks.

      I should thank you for the favicon - hope you don't mind! :-)

      I'm not sure why won't resolve for you, but I can tell you exactly what's there:

      [chris@alpha]~> telnet 80
      Connected to (
      Escape character is '^]'.
      GET / HTTP/1.1

      HTTP/1.1 302 Found
      Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 22:12:12 GMT
      Server: Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) PHP/4.2.3
      X-Powered-By: PHP/4.2.3
      Connection: c