I've been toying with the idea of writing a professional book for the better part of three years now, and after some thought, I've decided to pursue this endeavor between the completion of my Graduate Certificate (May 2014) and the starting of my Masters in Business Administration (August 2017). I've already acquired about 3/4 of the notes required, by virtue of my obsessive note taking throughout my academic and professional career, but this will still be a rather large undertaking.
The book's premise will be a survey of the Information Technology field as a whole, from the component level all the way to the business analytics and "big data" level. As far as I can tell, there are no books that explain the concepts, technologies, and histories of these fields in plain English, without a lot of fluff, and without costing an arm and a leg.
I'll be writing more about this as time goes on, so be on the look out for references to "The Book" (which has not been named). In the mean time, have a teaser into the layout:
- Building the Computer
- Understanding the Operating System
- Programs and Languages
- File Systems
- Network Theory
- Configuring Your Network
- Maintaining Your Domain
- Certifying Your Administrators
- Web Servers
This will likely evolve over time, but I think this layout is a pretty good starting point. One thing I want to do with this, since it is going to be a self-published, digital copy only, book is to include a lot of inline references that will point back to an appendix in which there will be an annotated bibliography of everything I used to create this book.
The reasoning behind this is that this book will be covering such a large amount of information that I will be leaving a lot of stuff out. For example, while I intend to cover the basic history and evolution of Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix, I cannot cover every detail; nor would I want to. The compromise here would be that a reader who wants to know more about the history of Linux, simply needs to click the link in the paragraph(s) talking about Linux, be shuttled to the back of the book, and write down the references associated with Linux.
I hope to have it ready to edit before I start my MBA, in which case, I would hope to have it published by 2015.