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Dumb thoughts from a "Dummie"

Posted by Jeffrey Word in jeffrey.word on Jun 3, 2004 4:37:29 PM

Well, I'm officially amazed. The response to the NW4Dummies book has been overwhelming. When we came up with this crazy idea for a down-to-earth, easy-to-understand book about NetWeaver, I never could have imagined the huge success it would have.

I don't know if its a comment on the lack of good materials about NW today or the complexity of NW, but so many SAP customers and partners came up to us at Sapphire and were just gushing with praise for the book. Makes it hard to be humble :)

In general, we wrote this book as a "what is it" manual, rather than a technical manual. I would suggest the techies on SDN read Part 3, which contains the Developer Studio, Composite Application Framework and Visual Composer chapters. Pretty interesting for all the propellerheads out there.

Really, this book is for anyone who wants to get their hands around what exactly NetWeaver is, what it's capable of and a few good examples of what it looks like in action. Everyone from the CEO on down can get a lot out of the book, its not just for IT guys. You can get all the nitty-gritty technical details here on SDN, so just enjoy flipping thru the book and don't strain your brain too much. Its supposed to be the "fun and easy way to learn".

To make it easier for you guys to get your hands on the book, SDN will post several of the more techie chapters on the homepage over the next few months.

And for those of you who have read this far into my blog, I've got a special surprise for you. SDN has purchased a few copies that you can get for FREE. Go to www.netweaverbook.com and type in the discount code "specialoffer" to get a free copy. You just pay for shipping. So order a copy for your boss or the business guy, so he'll stop asking you all those stupid questions :)

Egos aside, I really would like to hear everyone's opinion on the book-- good or bad. We're thinking of maybe doing a few more SAP-related books in the Dummies style, so your vote counts!

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