When is the Book Coming Out?


”So Erik, When is the book coming out?”

Last week I attended and spoke at Erlang Factory San Francisco.

The number one question that I got, and I got it from basically everyone I have ever met before, was ”When is the book coming out?”.

It was really nice to see that there was such an interest for the book.

The sad part is that the answer, at least in part, is: ”I don’t know”.

It is unfortunately late already. I was planning for a release in early 2014, and clearly that didn’t happen. I have only written about one third of the content. None of the chapters I have written has been edited, proofread, rewritten or even really finished. 

There is a huge amount of work left.

In the summer and fall of 2013 I again ended up as a manager at Klarna with the responsibility to get ”Kred” or ”Klarna Online”, our (well Klarna’s) OLTP system, to survive the Christmas load. The system was in a slightly unstable state at the beginning, but the Kred Core team managed to get it stable, responsive and really performing well straight through the Christmas rush. Unfortunately this took all of my time and energy, and the book writing got put on hold.

Fortunately, this led me to finally take the step and resign

The plan now is to take a week of vacation here in California, and then I will work full time on the book. If all goes well I should be able to finish most of the writing by early summer. Then perhaps I can get reviewer comments by the end of the summer and have a ”final” version ready by September or so.

From now on I will also try to keep you posted on the progress here on the blog.

I'm writing a book, I got the page numbers done.

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About happi

I have been programming for fun since 1980, and for profit since 1989 when I started my first company. I have been working on native code compilation of Erlang, with the implementation of Scala, on virtual machines, and with internet scale online payment solutions. Currently I am writing a book on the Erlang Runtime System (ERTS).

One thought on “When is the Book Coming Out?

  1. Erik, do not worry. It does not matter how soon it will be finished.
    Enjoy your holiday!

    I am looking forward to the book.

    Jiří Veruněk

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