Jeffrey Chilberto is the author of ASP.NET Core 5 for Beginners, we got the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.
Q: What is/are your specialist tech area(s)?
Jeffrey: ASP.NET, Azure, Integration, BizTalk, SQL Server
Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?
Jeffrey: For this book, ASP.NET Core 5 for Beginners, I was contacted by Ed Price to be a co-author. I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Andreas and Vincent.
Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
Jeffrey: Besides being a career programmer, I roughly spend about two weeks in preparation and two weeks to author a chapter (part time).
Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?
Jeffrey: Yes, working with pre-release software can be a challenge. It is not always easy to differentiate between a authoring mistake and an issue with the software you are using.
Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?
Jeffrey: ASP.NET Core will continue to grow and continue to dominate the business software industry. It is a great platform for enterprise and small development projects.
Q. Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?
Jeffrey: The main appeal is it is the latest version. I think the three authors, Andreas, Vincent, and me, worked well together and I think a version 2 will be even stronger. The differentiation is all three authors are seasoned developers with strong ties with Microsoft.
Q. What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away from the book with?
Jeffrey: The key takeaways deal with certain foundations covered in the book. Many users will need to worry about security, databases, or browser applications, but this book provides enough background to allow them to understand the technology and how it can be applied.
Q. What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?
Jeffrey: Be patient with yourself. New developers are standing on the shoulders of all the devs that have come before them. Concentrate on the goal. You do not need to understand the details, and there are always more than one way of accomplishing the same thing.
Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?
Jeffrey: Yes, visit the following page: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-developer-community-blog/bg-p/AzureDevCommunityBlog
Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?
Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?
Jeffrey: Yes, Packt has been supportive for both books I have authored with them. The team is very responsive, and it is always clear who is the primary contact.
Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?
Jeffrey: I do. .Net Foundation, TechNet Wiki, Azure Partners, and Microsoft Tech Community
Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?
Jeffrey: Primarily I follow the main Microsoft communities as well as a select number of MVPs.
Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?
Jeffrey: For each chapter, I imagined what I would want to get out of the chapter if I was a reader. I thought about different features that would lay a foundation for the reader to then pursue if they wanted to take the subject further. The next step was to come up with an example that would highlight these aspects. This was often the hardest part as it is a challenge to identify something simple enough to cover in a chapter and complex enough to be interesting.
Q. What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?
Jeffrey: I imagine I am speaking to an individual. This helps me shape the tone the chapter to be more personal and engaging.
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