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Re: Best practices for autotools

From: Lukas Kaser
Subject: Re: Best practices for autotools
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 20:04:36 +0200

I am really happy about the numerous feedback to my request, sending
best wishes to all authors!

Here is another book I wanted to add:

2010/5/5 Gary V. Vaughan <address@hidden>:
> Hi Warren,
> On 5 May 2010, at 00:15, Warren Young wrote:
>> On 5/3/2010 10:11 PM, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:
>>> CAVEAT EMPTOR: While it is certainly worth skimming through the
>>> autobook to get a feel for how the various programs interact and can
>>> be used together, the book will be 10 years old this year, and much
>>> has changed in that time that makes plenty of the details described
>>> in the book inaccurate, obsolete or just plain wrong.
>> I don't know that I ever would have started using autotools without the 
>> autobook.  Coming to it for the first time can be hugely confusing, and it 
>> smoothed out a lot of bumps for me.  Any chance of a new version of the book 
>> for the next generation of newbies?
> Thanks for the positive feedback, it's always nice to hear back from
> someone who has gained something from our book.
> Sadly, right now there are not enough hours in the day for me to
> rewrite the content of the autobook to bring it inline with the
> current state of the tools. But, the book is open source, and I
> would be more than happy to accept patches or even organise a commit
> rights for anyone that would like to tackle some small (or large)
> part of the work of bringing it up to date.
> I have been approached by 3 separate reputable publishers about a
> follow-up, but have had to let them all down for lack of time. But,
> I'm certain that it would be easy to arrange for a fully updated
> and revised autobook to be published through amazon and brick and
> mortar stores by one of those publishers thanks to the licensing
> of the original... if that serves as motivation to begin the work
> of updating it.
> And, of course there is also John Calcote's new Autotools book in
> the pipeline:
> Cheers,
> --
> Gary V. Vaughan (address@hidden)
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