Tonight, I’m just starting to put the final copy-edits into Rails Recipes. This
means that we’re only days away from printing and not long from a
real, dead-tree book.

As I sat in my offices, hotel rooms, living room, and basement cranking out
recipes for the past few months, it never occurred to me that the book
might take on a life of its own. Even before it hit the shelves, as
I’ve traveled
around the world I’ve had the
pleasure of meeting a surprising number of people who have read the book in
beta
form and are already using it daily.

It’s incredibly rewarding to see these things transferred from long
Sundays in the basement to a real developer’s project in the UK or
China.

What I really didn’t anticipate, though, was something I ran into
this week. Next week, Peter Marklund is holding a Rails Recipes Meetup in
Stockholm, featuring presentations and discussion based in part on
the book. What a cool idea! It looks like participants will be
presenting either discussions of the recipes from the book or their own
recipes.

Judging by the activity on the Rails Recipes forum, this
session is bound to turn out some valuable tips. Here’s hoping
they’re documented and shared with the rest of us.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, today Relevance announced a training
course
based on Rails Recipes. Relevance are Stu Halloway and Justin
Gehtland, two top-notch veteran trainers and speakers, both of whom are
speaking at the First International Rails
Conference
in June and are part of the touring Pragmatic Studio,
delivering a course on Ajax.

I consider it an honor to have guys like this read the book much
less base a class around it.

So, before I go back to the copy edits, I wanted to say "thanks
again" to the ever-growing population of super-smart readers that make
staying up late fixing grammar and punctuation mistakes a worthwhile
activity.