Bruno Lowagie's blog

Interview on Developpez.com

About a month and a half ago, my wife and I went to Paris to do a book promo. I also did an interview with Celinio Fernandes. This interview (in French) is now online: Interview de Bruno Lowagie - Créateur de la librairie iText® (Paris - 10 mars 2011) .

The iText Office: after week 4

Last week, we had somebody come over for the electricity and for the floor:


This weeks will be a slow week. Normally, they'll continue working on the electricity (new fusebox, network plugs, etc...), but we have to wait 6 weeks for the lighting and we didn't contact somebody to paint the walls yet (they aren't dry enough to start painting anyway). We also didn't decide on the new office furniture yet.

The iText Office: after week 3

I wasn't able to work in the iText Office for three weeks now. This is what the office looked like 10 days ago:

Today, the room looks like this:


Next week: electricity (wires, outlets, fusebox,...) and a new floor.

The impact of Twitter, LinkedIn, FB on two blog posts

In my previous post, I showed the graph of the visits to lowagie.com in general. I wrote that you one specific blogpost was responsible for a huge peak on March 31. This inspired me to look at the stats of the two most important pages of March. The first one is the Invoice demo page.

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Google Analytics — March 2011

Every month, I post the results of the itextpdf.com site on Google Analytics, and I add the results of lowagie.com as an extra. This time, I'll do it the other way around. You'll immediately notice why:

On March 31, the number of hits doubled from about 250 to about 500. Why? Because of a single blog post in Dutch: Ondernemer tegen wil en dank that was plugged on different places.
In my next blog post, we'll analyze this page as well as the stats of another popular blog post.

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The iText Office: round 2

I still can't work in the official iText office. Next week, we'll start round two of the decoration works:

The office is split in half. This is the upper half:

This is the lower half:

They'll start with the ceiling (hence the division in two). Then they'll do the walls. Finally, we'll get a new floor.

Books I've read last week

In my previous "books I've read" blogpost, I discovered I didn't succeed meeting my goal of reading at least one book each week, so I did an effort to catch up.
I continued reading the Chronicles of Narnia, and I've read the 6th (and final) nominated book for the "Little Cervantes Award":

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The iText Office Floor (update 3)

Now that the floor is stable, the works can continue. You probably remember the library:

Take a couple of steps back, and this is what you see:

The floor is full of plaster and paper:

There's still plenty of work to do before this can be our office:

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Books I've read last month

I didn't have much time recently; I've read four books since February 13th. That's less than the one book a week I was planning to read. Moreover, I've only read rather short books:

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The iText Office Floor (update 2)

The culprits
Rusty beams that were no longer able to support the masonry:

These were removed (see previous blog posts), and now there's:
The solution
An armed concrete floor:

Can I now safely return to my office?
Unfortunately not: next week, they'll redo the ceiling, floor and walls.

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