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Interview with Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is the author of .NET MAUI for C# Developers; we got the chance to sit down and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: What are your specialist tech areas?

Jesse: Mobile Software

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?

Jesse: I’ve been an author for over 25 years, with two dozen programming books. Packt approached me a couple years ago about writing a book on Git, and I enjoyed working with them. Since I was immersed in .NET MAUI this seemed like a natural next book.

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

Jesse: I wrote the entire program for the book before writing any of the text.

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?

Jesse: It is always a challenge to figure out what to include and what to skip over: the goal is to include the 90% that you use 90% of the time.

Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?

Jesse: .NET MAUI is clearly a huge step forward for Microsoft, and will, I predict, dominate the market in building cross-platform apps.

Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?

Jesse: This book takes you from introductory to advanced topics by building a real non-trivial app.

Q: What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?

Jesse: It is my hope that developers feel confident creating meaningful apps after reading this book

Q. What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?

Jesse: Do not fight XAML – once you are comfortable with it, it is a powerful declarative markup language. Tip #2 is to fully embrace MVVM as an architectural pattern.

Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?

Jesse: https://jesseliberty.com

Q: Can you share any blogs, websites, and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning? What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?

Jesse: https://learn.microsoft.com

Q. How would you describe your author’s journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?

Jesse: Packt has been an absolute pleasure to work with. They are committed to the highest quality while supporting the author 100% — one of the best publishers I’ve worked with.

Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?

Jesse: Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?

Jesse: I read a number of tech magazines and books, but I keep myself up to date by interviewing people working on cutting edge tech on my podcast: https://jesseliberty.com/podcast

Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?

Jesse: I wrote the program, then created the table of contents, which I took two or three levels deep before writing.

Q. How did you coordinate with Rodrigo, the co-author of this book and how was it working with him?

Jesse: Rodrigo was an essential contributor from the initial idea until delivery. He wrote the entire back-end and helped me through the difficult parts when I was a bit lost. He is also one of the best co-authors I’ve ever had.

Q. What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?

Jesse: Don’t be afraid to reorganize your book as you go; you can’t really know everything you want to say in advance.

Q. Would you like to share your social handles? If so, please share.

Jesse: LinkedIn, Twitter, https://hachyderm.io/@jesseliberty

You can find Jesse’s book on Amazon by following this link: Please click here

.NET MAUI for C# Developers
is available on Amazon.com