July 30, 2004
The Riches of Others Makes You More Valuable

Another worry: Even though I know I probably shouldn't be concerned that O'Reilly explicitly states that they do not want to publish Lisp books, sometimes I am anyway.

We're NOT looking for:

  • Any books on LISP, LaTeX, or Web-based training.

Ouch. Lumped in with LaTeX and web-based training.

OK, so O'Reilly doesn't want to publish Lisp books. Big deal, that's their choice, it's a matter of taste, etc. I just wonder what it is that led to their barring Lisp, the only programming language specifically mentioned by name. Did they just lose all patience after the 14th proposal from smug wannabe Lisp authors crossed their desk? Genera Hacks. CLIM in a Nutshell. Designing Lisp Applications That Are Already Inherently Better Than Applications Written in the Only Languages Their Puny Minds Can Comprehend.

Whatever the reason, it does make me a little sad.

Posted by jjwiseman at July 30, 2004 03:28 PM

At least they're willing to publish Paul Graham :-)

Posted by: me on July 30, 2004 03:37 PM

The NSF is stepping into the void?

"Documenting Endangered Languages"

Posted by: Ben Hyde on July 31, 2004 07:32 AM

Dunno, but they instated this policy not long after rejecting my proposal for a book remarkably similar (in approach/audience/etc, if not in actual content) to the one that Peter Seibel is now writing for Apress.

So, not that I'm bitter or anything, but I'm now hoping that the Seibel book is a runaway success (which probably requires that at least some of the people who are eagerly devouring and learning Lisp from the sample chapters as they're posted actually do go out and buy it when it arrives) and Apress are therefore able to CRUSH O'REILLY UTTERLY ...


Posted by: Daniel Barlow on July 31, 2004 06:25 PM

O'Reilly suddenly seems tarnished, IMO

Posted by: Ulysses Noman on August 1, 2004 12:48 AM

I have preordered Peter Seibel's book at Amazon, and will do the same for other Lisp books published by Apress. I encourage others to do the same: let's CRUSH O'REILLY UTTERLY.


Posted by: Paolo Amoroso on August 2, 2004 01:05 AM

...why bother.... O'reilly is not that great as a publisher anyway, just take a look at their Python books..... big snore.......

Posted by: klaus on August 2, 2004 02:33 AM

John, come to the dark side: http://caml.inria.fr

Or if you want even more expressive power and don't mind not having native code: http://www.mozart-oz.org

Posted by: Paul Snively on August 2, 2004 10:41 AM
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