Friday, June 06, 2008

Essential SQLAlchemy Ships

Well, I finally got my hands on the first (that I know of) copy of my book Essential SQLAlchemy. You can get it from Amazon using the link below. (Disclaimer: this is my affiliate link. Hey, it's my blog after all, right? ;-) )

I think the book turned out well, although I was a little surprised at how thin it was. 200 or so pages seems like a lot more when you're writing (or reading) it. Many thanks go out to all who put up with me during the writing of the book, including my coworkers, editors, reviewers, and my amazing wife Nancy. (Not to mention my son Matthew, who was born during the proofreading phase of the book. I wisely delayed my proofreading until we all got home from the hospital.)

Anyway, here is a picture of me with the book at work taken by my coworker Jenny Walsh on her iPhone:

I'll try to post some more about SQLAlchemy at some point. It really is a fantastic library. Thanks go to Mike Bayer and all the other contributors for writing it!

Edit 7:16pm June 6, 2008
As I have been reminded by Noah, I will be presenting a talk on SQLAlchemy for the July 10th Python Atlanta user group PyAtl, followed by a book signing. I should have a few books available there to sell, or you can (obviously) bring our own. You can RSVP for the meeting at the PyAtl Meetup Site.


  1. congratulations! remember to announce your talk in July at PyAtl and book signing.

  2. Thanks for the congrats, and I've edited the post to mention the book signing. (Thanks for reminding me!)

  3. oooh, what a tease. I just checked and Amazon is still saying my pre-order is expected to ship June 19th. Go go gadget UPS truck.

  4. Congrats...I wouldn't see 200 pages or 'thinness' as a bad thing. There's nothing I hate worse than tech books that are 600+ pages of blah blah blah w/out much meat. I will check it out.

  5. Anonymous8:31 PM

    Tried to get hold of a copy of your book today, but O'Reilly don't seem to be offering your book in PDF format. Any ideas why that might be?

  6. @garth:

    I believe that you can download PDFs through Safari, O'Reilly's online library, and Essential SQLAlchemy is available on Safari. Just go to the O'Reilly detail page for Essential SQLAlchemy , click "read it now", and that will get you started on the Safari signup process.

  7. Anonymous11:02 AM

    Any chance the sample code/snippets could be put online? They aren't available for this book at:

  8. @anonymous,

    Unfortunately, I didn't do the up-front work of separating all the snippets out into modules while writing the book. I could probably do some cleanup on the code I do have, though. It won't be done tomorrow, but I'll see what I can do.

  9. Anonymous8:30 PM

    Thanks for replying. Just the longer snippets will do.