Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Tue 14 Dec 2010, 10:20 PM
I wanted to be sure you all noticed that the LotusphereBlog have gotten in on the book-mania.  They have added a carousel of some of the books available at the bottom of any post you read. This is the kind of enthusiasm I love to see.

Now, perhaps they will also look through the sessions and read some of their posts and Propose a Lotus Book, or even encourage others to do so.  There are already three proposals up, but I'd love to see ten or more proposals so that the community had some to choose from.  Maybe the Europeans can get us up to ten when they get in tomorrow morning.

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 04:22 PM
Not one developer can think of a book proposal? Nothing on XPages? Nothing on integrating Symphony with Notes? You are all willing to travel to Lotusphere at great expense to attend sessions by great development minds, but you aren't interested in getting those development minds to write the stuff down.

Make your proposal(s). Nothing will get written if you don't suggest it. Don't forget the special offer. Read the original post to find out a bonus for those who propose (I sound like a Vegas Wedding promoter).

Update: our first dev proposal is in.  Hurry on over and let us know what you think. (If any idea seems too big or too little or needs amending, feel free to comment and suggest alterations. We're supposed to be all about collaboration, after all.)


Update: another dev proposal.  You are at least starting to get some semblance of choice:

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 02:47 PM
David Harris has proposed the first book (per my request for book proposals).  Please show your support by voting for it, or even against it.  Let others know that you care about professional documentation, and not just wikis, for Lotus Software products. 



While you are at it, why not propose your own idea? Or, if you long to be an author, even propose a book you would like to write.  Remember, a good or popular idea might encourage some healthy competition if other authors/publishers want to get into the game. I have no special rights to these ideas.

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 07:26 AM
All this furor about books, and I feel like I need to do something more active than ask questions. So, here's the deal. Come up with a specific proposal for a book, and post it on IdeaJam with a subject such as Book Proposal: title.  Explain the concept in the body, and ask people to vote it up or down. It must be a book you would buy for a fair price (say $25), or one you think you could legitimately convince your customer to buy. It must be distinct enough to be doable in about a hundred pages or so.  In other words, no Lotus Notes Programming Bible or Everything on Earth There is to Know About Quickr.  A good place to look might be at the kinds of topics chosen for Lotusphere, as they are discrete units.  A how-to on setting up and configuring a server, or a security topic on How to Properly Secure Connections, or a developer topic such as Building an XPage from Step 1 to Step Done. That sort of thing.

Then, post back here with a link. If possible, post the idea on your blog. See what the community reaction is.

If any ideas are even moderately popular, I'll see what I can do about turning out a book on the topic. I may not write it myself, as there are plenty of subject experts smarter than I am and better versed on the particular topics, but I'll strongarm some subject matter expert and edit it or get somebody to edit it, and get it out as an eBook.  You'll get an acknowledgement in the book, if we turn one out.

As a sweetener, if you suggest a reasonable idea (and I will be judge), I'll give you 10% off the cost of a server license for any product we sell. $750 off a CoexLinks license. $800 off an iFidelity Gateway license. $250 off a Midas server license. $500 off a CoexEdit license.  Just for making a solid proposal, even if we never turn it into a book.

I'm tired of talk. Let's see some action.

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