Writing a Ruby Related book(let) on LeanPub

I wrote “Fast Feedback Using Ruby” using LeanPub. The original version was published back in 2015. Since I’m updating it to cover the most recent (at the time of this writing) Ruby 2.7 and RubyGem versions. I figured, it’s a good idea to leave a trace of my workflow and setup. 🙂

My workflow look like this:

  1. Edit Text (or image) file
  2. Save file to local disk
  3. Commit to local Git repository
  4. Push to GitHub
  5. Generate preview PDF on LeanPub using a (post push) web hook
  6. Have Leanpub automatically push files to Dropbox
  7. Have Dropbox synchronise PDF file to local folder
  8. Restart at 1
Writing workflow using LeanPub, GitHub and Dropbox

Whenever I push changes to GitHub, a new preview of the book is generated and sent to my computer. This means I get frequent and fast feedback about how the newly written text looks.

This nicely fits my working preferences and it also matches the topic of this particular book.

‚Agile Testing Condensed‘ — A Review

Agile Testing Condensed‘ is the 3rd book by Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin. As the title already indicates, it’s a short book – the print version has about 100 pages. Luckily, I got a printed version at the Agile Testing Days 2019 in Potsdam and had it signed.

The book covers the important topics of testing in an agile context on a high level. For details it regularly refers to the other books ‘Agile Testing‘ and ‘More Agile Testing‘ (to which I contributed a section). One topic the book returns to regularly is the ‘Whole Team Approach’. I like this first of all, because to me this is the core part of agile testing. In my experience, it is this aspect that troubles teams. And second of all, I this is great, because the details described in the other books, can, at times, make it hard to see this overarching relation.

If I had to name one thing that might be improved, that would be the size of the images. To me, they came out a bit too small to be easy to read. Since I also bought the ebook (where I can zoom the images), that’s not a big deal.

I highly recommend reading ‘Agile Testing Condensed’ to everybody who is looking for an overview of the topic or who likes to have a reference at hand to quickly look up a certain aspect.

Announcement: Workshop & ebook: “Fast Feedback Using Ruby”

At the “London Tester Gathering Workshops 2015” (also see #LTGWorkshops on Twitter) I offer a workshop “Fast Feedback Loops & Fun with Ruby”. For this, I wanted to give attendees a handout, to make applying the stuff covered easier and it was planned to be a list of brief recipes.
Suffice to say that the handout grew (and it’s entirely possible that this is ‘feature creep’ in action). In fact, it grew to the point that I decided to turn it into an ebook. The book is not done yet, there’s some copy editing to do.

Fast Feedback Using Ruby

In any case: There will be an ebook, and it will be available on LeanPub at https://leanpub.com/fastfeedbackusingruby/. If you’re interested, please leave a note on the book’s pages.

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