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Update on the F# Deep Dives book

It has been some time since I last wrote about F# Deep Dives - a new project that I'm working on together with Manning, Phil Trelford and a number of F# experts, so I'd like to write a quick update. In summary, working on a book with more than 10 co-authors is more difficult than one would think (and 10 people cannot write a book in 1/10 of the time :-)), but now that the holidays are almost over, you can expect more frequent updates again!

First of all, I should mention that you can buy the Early Access preview of the book from Manning and there is already one in advance review of the book from Ted Neward (thanks!) who says:

As of this writing, the early-access [...] version had only Chapters 3 and Chapter 11, but the other topics [...] are juicy and meaty. [T]he prose from the MEAP edition is pretty easy to read already, despite the fact that it's early-access material. In particular, the Markdown parser they implement in chapter 3 is a great example of a non-trivial language parser, which is not an easy task (...).

Available chapters

As I mentioned, the book is unique in that it is not written just by me and Phil - each chapter is written by a real-world F# expert and many of them use F# in production. The disadvantage is that they are all busy people, but we have close to half of the planned chapters available already.

Upcoming chapters

Now, what chapters can you look forward to if you bought the MEAP release? In the next four-six weeks, we would like to release the following chapters:

Aside from these, we still have a few more chapters that we'd like to add to the book. There has been amazing development in the F# community recently regarding data science and machine learning, so expect some chapters from this area too. Follow this blog for more updates!

Published: Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 4:15 AM
Author: Tomas Petricek
Typos: Send me a pull request!
Tags: manning, f#, writing, books, deep dives