Three Books by Andy Budd | September 19, 2005

As Michael Heilemann quite rightly said, its not every day you can go to and find your name listed as an author on a book. Its even less common to find your name listed on three, one of which you didn’t even write!

As Michael mentioned, myself, Richard Rutter, Simon Collison, John Oxton, Phil Sherry and Chris J Davis have all contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Blog Design Solutions. Each chapter tackles a single blog design, from graphic creation, through XHTML/CSS production, to implementation into a specific blogging application. My chapter covers the old grandaddy of blogging applications, MovableType, while the other chapters cover Expression Engine, Textpattern, Wordpress and rolling your own using PHP. Each chapter comes with it’s own set of ready to use templates and should be great for people wanting to sample different blogging applications to find the one that suits them best.

I wrote my chapter just after SXSWi, so it has actually been quite a while since I was involved. However one of the best things about this book was working with such a talented group of people, many of them proud, pant wearing Brit Packers.

So that is book one dealt with. How about book two?

Well book two is the one I’m really excited about as its my first full CSS book. Entitled CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions, this book is scheduled for release on December 19. Probably too late to buy as a Christmas present, but a perfect way to spend those Amazon book vouchers your auntie Dorris got you.

As the title suggests, the aim of this book is to help intermediate CSS developers push their knowledge to the next level. The book will cover some of the most useful CSS techniques around, brining them together in one neat and easy to reference package. With the basic techniques covered, Cameron Moll and Simon Collison will be putting them into action with two great case studies.

So if I’ve been a little quite the last few months, that is one of the reasons. The other reason I’ll explain tomorrow.

OK, Andy, so that is two books you have written, what about the one you haven’t written. Well, I was supposed to be writing a small CSS book 18 months ago, but for various reasons, had to back out. Russ Weakly picked up the mantle and the book, CSS in 10 minutes is going to be published in November. Rather unfortunately, somebody must have forgotten to tell the book cover designers about the change of authorship, as they have left my name on the cover by mistake. I’m sure this will get sorted soon, but I thought it was rather amusing that the first book I see with my name on the cover actually had nothing to do with me.

Posted at September 19, 2005 11:44 PM


Marko Samastur said on September 20, 2005 6:36 AM

I’m looking forward to reading them. But what I’d really like to know is how you manage to do everything; starting a company, writing a bunch of books, giving talks etc.

I know how much time each item on that list can take and I just can’t imagine myself doing them (in such short period of time).

Tony B said on September 20, 2005 1:48 PM

>The other reason I’ll explain tomorrow. I wonder what that could be.. ;)

Tim Hill said on September 22, 2005 2:27 AM

Congrats to Russ Weakley for this book. And to Andy Budd for his work. Nice job fellows.

Nik Steffen said on September 26, 2005 9:31 PM

Wow, three books…

When will “Blog Design Solutions” be published? I am quite keen to order it seeing the list of people who contributed to it and it sounds like a great book aswell.