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.