[News] Book Composed by the Commons
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Our writing is now complete!
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| I just posted the last chapter we had left to write, Profiling and
| optimisation. Please get your comments in by the end of Tuesday, September 2!
| The response to the previous two has been excellent; we appreciate your help
| and careful reading.
| With that chapter posted, we draw over 15 months of intensive writing to a
| close. I am very proud of our work. It has been a pleasure to work with John
| and Don on the manuscript, and Mike has been a great editor. The interest and
| participation of our readers has made writing this book a uniquely rewarding
| experience, so we thank you all for your encouragement and help.
| How has our system of open, incremental development worked out? In my
| estimation, it has been a fantastic success, far overwhelming my
| * We have received 7153 comments so far.
| * That’s an average of 1.73 comments per paragraph.
| * The usual number of technical reviewers for a technical book is 2.
| * 748 people have commented so far on our drafts.
The World Wide Textbook
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| A new project aims to develop low-cost, open-source textbooks for use
| in the developing world
| Each of the proposed open-source books has an editor-in-chief
| responsible for putting together a chapter outline and rough
| description, and ensuring that the text comes together in a
| cohesive manner.
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