Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Would you buy a "GNU Make Cookbook" e-book?

I've been thinking about taking all the recipes for GNU Make things that I've written over the years as articles, or blog entries, or answers to people's questions on help-make and writing them up as an e-book for purchase and download from this web site.

Here's a sample recipe in PDF format so that you can see what I'm taking about.

So, the critical questions:

1. Would you buy such a book?
2. If so, how much would you pay for it?
3. What format would be best? PDF?



dirty dingus said...

I hate PDF!!! Regular HTML or RTF or plain text in decreasing order of preference

Anonymous said...

I would buy and would pay US$20 or US$25 for the book

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Anonymous said...

Probably not, the poor level of maintanance that GNU make receives makes me think that the world is ready for a replacement.

If the book was say 80% portable recipies, 15% GNU specific, and 5% other makes, I would find it much more attractive. (I would be quite happy with the 80% portable recipies havings a GNU make sidebar saying "this is much simpler in GNU make, just do ...")

Of course it is often much more difficult to do something interesting in a portable manner.