I can't enter my working room anymore. It's full of paper documents, wires, DVDs and CDs, hardware (a crashed hard disk, an old and a new printer,...), boxes with books, and so on. I'm too ashamed to take a picture. Because of this mess, I've moved downstairs and... I've been working on iText on the kitchen table the last few weeks. That's not an ideal situation, so I need to do something.
After my first book was published, I suffered from something that felt like "word blindness." No, I didn't have a neurological condition, but I shared some of the symptons: whenever I started reading a book, I forgot what the first sentence was about by the time I reached the third sentence. I had to read the same sentence over and over again before I understood what it was about. It's as if I had lost the ability to read. Before, I used to read at least one book a week, so I was very worried when this happened.
I blame it on the proof reading process of the first edition. I think I overdid it. In any case: I was much more relaxed writing and editing the second edition. After the first edition, it took more than a year before I managed to read a complete book, and even then my "one book a week" average was a thing of the past. Until recently.
The project is still in beta, but I already reserved my name on about.me:
For the moment, the service is free. I'm not sure what they'll add to justify a premium account.
After browsing the first edition of Unlocking Android and reading the MEAP version of Android in Practice, I managed to write an Android app that uses iText to create a "Hello Bruno" PDF document on the SD Card of my smartphone. I still need to do some work before I can share this small demo application with the world, but this is what I've done so far:
A couple of years ago, I think it was in 2008, but I don't remember if Inigo was already in the hospital or not, I reviewed a proposal written by Grant Ingersoll for a book named Taming Text. We spent a lot of time on fine-tuning the table of contents, and I wondered what had happened with the book. I searched the Manning website, and found out that six chapters of the book are available in the Manning Early Access Program.
I'm an author at Manning Publications, and as such, I have a login to their document system. A while ago, I found chapter 12 of the new book Hadoop in Action in one of the public folders. It was probably put there by mistake, but I couldn't resist taking a look at it, and much to my surprise, the first section in that chapter mentioned iText.