Had the pleasure of recoding SitePoint podcast #56 with Brad Williams and David Damstra, my co-authors on Professional WordPress. As usual, it was fun romp through the process of writing a book, some of our favorite parts, and what it’s like to write with people you never met in person (sort of the inverse of high school, where you never write with people you’ve sat next to for half of your life). There’s a highly accurate transcript provided for anyone who has neither the patience or time to listen in real time.
My favorite question got to the matter of why we’d write a book about open source software that has an open source, easily searched, user contributed documentation set. My answer is that I wanted a guide to both the WordPress source and Codex, helping me figure out how to use these resources rather than letting them intimidate me. I think we accomplished that with the book, and I’m thrilled the with finished product.