It’s been four years since I wrote my last Citrix book, and since then there have been quite a few updates to Presentation Server. To that end, I’m currently writing a brand-new book on Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 (which Citrix will most likely release in early 2007). I have learned a lot about Citrix since my last book came out, and I’ve been working with beta versions of PS 4.5 for some time now I’m hoping to have this new book done in April.
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Here’s a quick mockup of the cover. While I don’t want to be known as the “fruit guy” with regards to book covers, I’m still amazed by how many people recognize me like, “Oh, yeah… you’re the guy who wrote the book with the orange on the cover.” Therefore this new cover will be freshened up with our newer branding, and I’ll have four and one-half oranges on the cover instead of one. (Presentation Server 4.5—get it?)
Anyway, the purpose of this post is that I want to get your opinion about something. So far, our books have focused on architecture, and the plans for this book are no different. However, do you think there is value in also creating a second book that focuses on the day-to-day operations of a Citrix Presentation Server?
I’m thinking we could call the current book the “Architecture & Design Guide,” and the other one the “Operations Guide.”
Of course the operations guide wouldn’t be a re-hash of the instruction manual either. Rather, we’d focus on real-world techniques that you need to actually run your Citrix Presentation Server farm day-to-day. I think a lot of that book would cover scripting, automation, performance tuning, troubleshooting, and application installation. Then we could use the architecture & design guide to focus on how the stuff works under the hood, and what you need to know to successfully design your server farms.
There might be a little overlap between the two books, but I don’t think that would be any more than 10% or so.
What are your thoughts? (Oh, and don't tell me that they should be combined into a single book, because that would be well over 1000 pages!)