It's time again for me to pimp my book, Microformats Made Simple.
In case you don't know, Microformats Made Simple is 291 pages of easy–to–read explanations of and easy–to–understand markup examples for 20 microformats.
It covers benefits, challenges and new developments. It focuses on semantic markup (POSH for you geeky types). But best of all, it includes my amusing, yet still pathetic, attempts at humor.
It is, simply put, awesome. And you must buy it. Now.
But I realize that me telling you how great and awesome it is just sounds like shameless self promotion. Which it is.
So this time around, my plea to "buy my excellent book" is backed up with real recommendations and impressions from people who've actually read it.
Here's some of what folks had to say:
It's so easy and the benefits are so clear, you can't read the book and not want to use the information. In many cases you can add microformat data instantly as you see the code examples provided and apply the concepts to your own sites.
The abundance of real-world examples make this a must-have book for anyone interested in taking their markup to the next level.
This book helped illustrate not only how easy microformats are to implement, but how much benefit they can be to your company (and personal!) website in general. The information is solid and easy to absorb and the author's wit as well as her professionalism shine through in every chapter.
After the first couple chapters it finally "clicked" for me and I had that "ah ha" moment that got me writing code and implementing Microformats on my own web site. I put the hCard Microformat and various "rel" attributes on 300,000+ member profiles and within a few days I saw Google and other sites using those attributes in results. Very cool!
The text is easy to navigate and even easier to read, if not surprisingly engaging, thoughtful, and personal. Considering the topic is the best and quickest way to develop shortcuts to better search results in today's semantic landscape, this book is essential for any developer, no matter what they know or don't know about development in general.
This is hands-down one of the best books on an important precursor to the Semantic Web. If you are overwhelmed with the Semantic Web technologies, "Microformats Made Simple" offers a "gentle" introduction and guide to implementation. I loved the book and its easy readibility!
See? What did I tell you? The book is pretty awesome.
In addition to the reviews on Amazon, I've gotten some lovely feedback through Twitter:
Now Get Off the Fence!
I hope this has convinced you that Microformats Made Simple is worth your while. Go buy it. Pretty please.
If you've already bought it, I would love you forever for an Amazon review. No requirements for any rating or for exclusively positive words. Just tell the world (and me) what you think about the book.
And that concludes today's shameless self promotion.