April 23 is World Book Day, an international celebration of
books and authors established by UNESCO to recognize the immeasurable
contributions to civilization that books have made, and to encourage readership
around the world, especially in youngsters.
Books play a critical role in what we do at Syncfusion, and
not just when we consult our in-office library of mostly technical references. The
Succinctly series of e-books we
produce is one way we contribute to the growth and enrichment of the
development community at large. In about 100 pages, experienced developers can
glean the information they need to get started with an unfamiliar technology
The series has proven extremely popular, and its popularity
poses an interesting question: How do e-books fit into the advancement of
the development community?
We asked several Succinctly series authors their thoughts
on this. Here’s what they had to say:
“I believe e-books
fit in a niche area where blog posts lack. E-books are the doorway for enticing
adoption of open source software. They offer a complete view of the features
and also the nuances of the technology.”
author of Keystone.js Succinctly.
“In the 1990s, just
before the Internet exploded, a developer's primary problem was that there just
wasn't enough information available. Fast forward to 2017 and the problem now
is too much information. As a developer I have three primary ways to filter
information. When I need an answer to a very specific, relatively low-level
question ("What is the Python syntax to initialize a dictionary object?)
I'll do an Internet search and usually end up at a personal blog post or a
developer community site such as Stack Overflow. When I need an answer to a
very broad question ("What is Python?) I'll go to Wikipedia. But when I
need the answer to any question that falls in between—and questions like these
are the most difficult—then I'll go straight to the Syncfusion Succinctly e-book library. In almost all
situations, the Succinctly series of
e-books gives me exactly the information I need.”
author of SciPy Programming Succinctly, Machine Learning Using C# Succinctly, and Neural Networks Using C# Succinctly.
“I think e-books can
dramatically accelerate the advancement of the development community because they
can be consumed very easily. Whether on a PC or a mobile device, you have
reader applications that make it easy to search, underline, and keep note of
contents in a well-organized way. Also, if we think of e-books in combination
with mobile devices, this is even more evident: You can bring dozens of e-books
on a single tablet, phone, or e-book reader anywhere. This means you can have
your entire bookshelf in your pocket and all the references you need on a
single device. If I think of software development, having a huge number of
technical e-books in my pocket is really invaluable for my work.”
Alessandro Del Sole,
author of Visual Studio 2017 Succinctly, Visual Studio Code Succinctly, Roslyn Succinctly, Visual Studio 2015 Succinctly, and Visual Studio 2013 Succinctly.
“E-books work well
in our ‘short on time’ society that we all seem to inhabit these days. Everyone
and everything is rush, rush, rush all the time. Paper books are bulky and
inconvenient in this fast-paced world. Everyone I know has a super computer in
their pocket these days, and e-books just work. They naturally fit into that ‘I
have two minutes while I wait for a bus, let's read up on something and make
good use of the time’ scenario.”
Peter Shaw, author
of NancyFX Succinctly, CSS3 Succinctly, ReSharper Succinctly, Twitter Bootstrap 3 Succinctly, Twitter Bootstrap Succinctly, Postgres Succinctly, and GIS Succinctly.
“In my case
I’ve received various emails from readers that have found e-books like the Succinctly series very useful. It has
helped them in their careers, jobs, and even in some cases as a way to easily
learn new technologies. Some have even said that reading the Succinctly series is a part-time hobby.
Overall great reception I'd say, so I do think based on this that they are
making a very huge and positive impact on the development community.”
Ed Freitas, author of Twilio with C# Succinctly, Customer Success for C# Developers
Succinctly, and Data Capture and Extraction with C# Succinctly.
“E-books bring books
into the realities of the digital age, and help to keep books relevant with the
rapid pace of technological changes. Writing a book is tough enough without
having to add additional delays of printing and distribution. These are extra
steps that can avoided with e-books. This means that e-books can be brought to
market faster than traditional books, even with slow authors. Also, the
lifespan of technical books is shrinking. New books are not relevant nearly as
long as they once were. Second editions come out much faster than they used to.
With e-books, not only can you have an immense library at your disposal
whenever and wherever you need, your bookshelf is not littered with outdated
copies of once beloved tomes.”
author of SQL Queries Succinctly, T4 Succinctly, and ASP.NET MVC Succinctly.
“E-books are great
tools for developers’ professional growth. They are a source for learning about
any development topic at a glance. Also, because they are carried on a mobile
device, developers can read an e-book almost everywhere and any time they want.
Besides, if e-book content is presented as in Syncfusion's Succinctly series, developers can take advantage of
easy-to-understand and focused information regarding a particular software
José Roberto Olivas
Mendoza, author of Camtasia Succinctly, Ubuntu Server Succinctly, and Developing Windows Services Succinctly.
“A book is the most
useful and helpful tool to really learn a new language or a new technology, and
its electronic version has the advantage of being available everywhere and
every time it’s needed. People read them during their commute, during their lunch
break, and while waiting for the bus or the train. To this we can add the fact
that writing a book is becoming affordable for everyone, so the community can
have more books, and the quality of these books is usually very high compared
to other sources. E-books are very useful in helping the developer community
spread the newest technologies and in helping newcomers become better
Emanuele Del Bono,
author of Node.js Succinctly and ASP.NET Web API Succinctly.
“Personally, I think
e-books are, for now, the only logical advancement for regular books. We need
written words to go forward as a species. In the case of developers, we need
written words to advance in our careers. No one has the shelf space for all
those physical books though, and most of them will be obsolete next year
anyway. A blog post is always nice to get started on some technology, but books
are a better format to really learn a technology. E-books offer the best of
both worlds, lots of readily available knowledge at the expense of a few MBs,
and the cost of the book if you're not reading Syncfusion’s Succinctly series.”
author of SQL Server for C# Developers Succinctly and Object-Oriented Programming in C# Succinctly.
Thanks to all the
authors who helped us with this blog!
If you’d like to
share your thoughts on how e-books are affecting the development community, let
us know in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook. And happy World Book Day!