Swing Hacks reprints… really?

I just got word from O’Reilly that they’re reprinting Swing Hacks in a couple of weeks, and want Josh and I go go over the unconfirmed errata that have piled up over the years.

Gotta say, I’m very surprised by this. Swing Hacks was a book I’ve always had kind of mixed feelings about. The parts I wrote are nowhere near as good as my QuickTime book, but it sells 10 to 20 times better. Also, there’s a newer and slicker book in the same space, Filthy Rich Clients by Chet Haase and Romain Guy (who are now, respectively, working on Flex at Adobe, and working on Android at Google).

Still, I can’t complain: Swing Hacks got me out of my royalties hole with O’Reilly from the QuickTime book, which never out-earned its advance, so now I actually get a little money every quarter from SH. Sure, it’s “don’t spend it all on one fill-up” money, but still, it reminds me that the book is out there and people still find it useful.

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