Depending on how you look at it, I wrote a book.
Except that I already wrote it (it’s taken almost entirely from previous blog posts. And to be fair, it’s not really long enough to be a book (the good news is that you can easily read it in an hour or two, and that it’s available in three different electronic formats).
When I wrote the Last Word on the A Word post some time back, I felt an urge to revisit all of my various posts on GUI automation…and after pondering those for a while, I thought I’d consider compiling those posts into a one-stop-shop of what I think about test automation and test design.
And I ended up with The “A” Word. And I’m happy with how it came out.
When I began compiling the book, I was planning to give it away for free. But – after working with the leanpub tools for the last few weeks (and being impressed time after time), I felt bad not giving them any money for their tools. As a result, I decided to make the minimum price free, but allow people to pay if they wanted (as I’m already overpaid for a job I love, I’m donating all of the profits to the American Cancer Society).
I also found that Scrivener was a perfect ally in this little project. I bought a copy a while back, but haven’t done much “serious” writing recently. After struggling a bit to figure out what should go where, I decided to give Scrivener a full test run, and it worked perfectly. My colleagues in Office won’t like me saying this, but my next book will also be written entirely in Scrivener.
So, if you haven’t checked out The “A” Word already, what’s stopping you? Check it out and let me know what you think.