Reading a book saves time

I was really pleased when I saw this tweet from Claire Botman:

seriously loving iTextSharp since I finally bought the iText book after struggling for too long, thankyou @bruno1970 for all your hard work

The idea of the book is to give you a jump-start, so that you don't loose valuable time trying to understand what PDF is about. Thank you for your kind words, Claire!

Google Analytics — January 2011

A month ago, I evaluated my sites in 2010. In November, iText had the highest average of visits a day (3001) as well as the highest number of unique visitors (57,090). Let's take a look and find out if we were able to beat these numbers in January 2011:

Ah, I love the heartbeat of a good Open Source project. And what do we see? An average of 3002 visits a day and 58,830 unique visitors! A new record!

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Three flat tires in two weeks

I stopped working for Ghent University on October 1st, and in the first three months I gained 5kg. On January first there was 80kg of Bruno Lowagie on the world. Sure, the holiday season is responsible for part of these kilos, but there were two other culprits: I had more business lunches (at least once a week) and I worked from home, meaning I don't have to jump on my bicycle to go to work anymore.

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Books I've read last month

A month ago, I wrote a blog about reading. I made a list of the books I had read recently, and I started reading "Crime and Punishment". Today we are one month and four days later, and during that period, I've read the following books:

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Bruno Lowagie se dévoile

French is a beautiful language, isn't it? Under the title "Bruno Lowagie reveals himself in Action", Zenika, a French consultancy company, announces my book presentation in Paris on March 10.

I already blogged about this a couple of days ago, but this is the final text:

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PDF Digital signatures

In the past, I've always used the book when teaching iText. I was happy to get the opportunity to write a second edition, because the teaching experience revealed some flaws in the overall organization of the book. I wanted to be able to teach the basics first, and then go into the details.
I didn't have the time to teach an iText course after the release of the second edition yet, but I realize that the book isn't sufficient. I should also make slides, if I want to be really professional.

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Warning: wrong cover on old book page at Amazon

I just checked my affiliate commissions at Amazon, and I was very surprised to see that the sales of the 1st edition went up again. Why would people buy the first edition if there's a second edition available?

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"iText in Action" in Paris

Last week, I received in invitation to go to Paris for a book promotion. We picked a date (March 10) and I wrote an abstract in French:

Bruno Lowagie, l'auteur de la librairie Java-PDF iText, vous présente la deuxième édition de son livre "iText in Action." D'abord, Bruno fera une comparaison des deux éditions, expliquant son choix de changer l'ordre des chapîtres et d'écrire une série d'examples toute nouvelle.

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My sites in 2010

This time last year, I was furious at my (now ex-)hosting provider: the dedicated server on which my sites were hosted had crashed and all the data on it was lost. In the small-print of the contract, it said that the hosting provider wasn't obliged to take back-ups, so it took me about a week to restore my own back-ups. About four months later, the server crashed again due to yet another hardware failure. This time, the hard disk remained intact and no data was lost, but I decided to change to another provider anyway. Again, it took me some time to restore my sites, and during this process, I made a mistake that is clearly visible in my user statistics. Let's take a look:

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Manning's Bestseller top 10

If you'd ask me what was the most important thing that happened to me in 2006, I'd have answered: I've written en published my first book! I've written and published my first book! I fear some people in my close and not so close neighborhood got very bored because of me repeating I've written and published my first book! over and over again. Four years later, I've written and published my second book, and I was very curious to find out if it would make the top 10 in Manning's Bestseller lists of 2010.

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