Making AOSA: Tools

The Architecture of Open Source Applications books were multi-month projects involving dozens of people. It took a battery of different tools and processes to keep it all in line. This is the Academy Awards “thank you” speech post, where I acknowledge all the software that made this possible. Continue reading

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LaTeX to Lulu, the Making of AOSA: Pulling It All Together

The two volumes of The Architecture of Open Source Applications were typeset with LaTeX and printed through Lulu. I couldn’t have finished the AOSA books without the generosity of people all over the world who posted their LaTeX tips to forums and blogs. This series of posts pays some of that back by sharing what I learned.

This is the fourth post in the series.

LaTeX to Lulu

  1. Headers and Footers
  2. Fonts and Captions
  3. Table of Contents and Chapter Title Pages
  4. Custom Commands and Environments
  5. Other Useful Packages and Settings
  6. Pulling It All Together

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LaTeX to Lulu, the Making of AOSA: Other Useful Packages and Settings

The two volumes of The Architecture of Open Source Applications were typeset with LaTeX and printed through Lulu. I couldn’t have finished the AOSA books without the generosity of people all over the world who posted their LaTeX tips to forums and blogs. This series of posts pays some of that back by sharing what I learned.

This is the fourth post in the series.

LaTeX to Lulu

  1. Headers and Footers
  2. Fonts and Captions
  3. Table of Contents and Chapter Title Pages
  4. Custom Commands and Environments
  5. Other Useful Packages and Settings
  6. Pulling It All Together

This post rounds up some of the packages and settings I haven’t talked about yet.

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LaTeX to Lulu, the Making of AOSA: Custom Commands and Environments

The two volumes of The Architecture of Open Source Applications were typeset with LaTeX and printed through Lulu. I couldn’t have finished the AOSA books without the generosity of people all over the world who posted their LaTeX tips to forums and blogs. This series of posts pays some of that back by sharing what I learned.

This is the fourth post in the series.

LaTeX to Lulu

  1. Headers and Footers
  2. Fonts and Captions
  3. Table of Contents and Chapter Title Pages
  4. Custom Commands and Environments
  5. Other Useful Packages and Settings
  6. Pulling It All Together

Today’s post is about the custom LaTeX commands and environments we created for the AOSA books.

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LaTeX to Lulu, The Making of AOSA: Table of Contents and Chapter Titles

The two volumes of The Architecture of Open Source Applications were typeset with LaTeX and printed through Lulu. I couldn’t have finished the AOSA books without the generosity of people all over the world who posted their LaTeX tips to forums and blogs. This series of posts pays some of that back by sharing what I learned.

This is the third post in the series.

LaTeX to Lulu

  1. Headers and Footers
  2. Fonts and Captions
  3. Table of Contents and Chapter Title Pages
  4. Custom Commands and Environments
  5. Other Useful Packages and Settings
  6. Pulling It All Together

This post is about how we styled the tables of contents and the chapter titles for the two Architecture of Open Source Applications books.

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LaTeX to Lulu, the Making of AOSA: Fonts and Captions

The two volumes of The Architecture of Open Source Applications were typeset with LaTeX and printed through Lulu. I couldn’t have finished the AOSA books without the generosity of people all over the world who posted their LaTeX tips to forums and blogs. This series of posts pays some of that back by sharing what I learned.

This is the second post in the series.

LaTeX to Lulu

  1. Headers and Footers
  2. Fonts and Captions
  3. Table of Contents and Chapter Title Pages
  4. Custom Commands and Environments
  5. Other Useful Packages and Settings
  6. Pulling It All Together

Today’s post is about specifying fonts and captions.

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LaTeX to Lulu, the Making of AOSA: Geometry, and Headers and Footers

The two volumes of The Architecture of Open Source Applications were typeset with LaTeX and printed through Lulu. If you’re publishing through Lulu or another self-publisher and you want to create a polished book without spending the earth on a desktop publishing package, LaTeX is a good choice. It provides a professional result and it’s infinitely customizable — if you have the patience to put it together and the resourcefulness to figure out how. I couldn’t have finished the AOSA books without the generosity of people all over the world who posted their LaTeX tips to forums and blogs. This series of posts pays some of that back by sharing what I learned.

LaTeX to Lulu

  1. Headers and Footers
  2. Fonts and Captions
  3. Table of Contents and Chapter Title Pages
  4. Custom Commands and Environments
  5. Other Useful Packages and Settings
  6. Pulling It All Together

Today’s post is about specifying the size of the book, and the headers and footers.

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Announcing The Architecture of Open Source Applications, Volume II

The Architecture of Open Source Applications, Volume II CoverI am proud to announce the release of The Architecture of Open Source Applications, Volume II. It’s a twenty-four chapter, thirty-one author book, the production of which has consumed, oh, 40% of my waking hours since last summer (or so it seems). I worked on it with Greg Wilson and a large supporting cast of authors, reviews and editors, and I think we’re all very pleased with it.

It’s not over yet; the PDF and ebook editions are still to come. I’m also planning a few blog posts about the making of the book — I want to share some of our “Lessons Learned”.

Here’s the press release:

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