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I just heard a rumour that Wrox has got rid of 30 percent of its staff and will now mostly publish MS books and will ignore Java as it is not the market leader, it will leave Java books to Prentice Hall and O'reilly
Is this the end of Wrox as we know it, apparently it is close to bankruptcy and it may shut down by the end of the year.
Can anyone clarify this?
 
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not heard something like this....but i always like WROX books and one of my shelf has become red already....
Now-a-days when i m a little bit exposing to real-world solutions become aware of the effectiveness of O'Reilly books that previously used to ignore due to small fonts only...
I think we have most of all the necessary books in Java published by WROX already. So if it starts MS, not a bad idea...
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We at Javaranch have a very close relationship with our friends from wrox and we've heard no such thing. I'll see if I can one of them to come and clarify this for you.
[This message has been edited by Angela Poynton (edited November 08, 2001).]
 
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Has anyone found out more about this??
The Wrox guys usually hang around here, where are they, are they quiet because it is true or is someone putting up lies?
either way tell us
I like Wrox books, they are big but useful and it would not be good if they stopped doing Java books :-((
 
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hi guys, sorry I havent replied to this earlier - i have been busy. The rumours that you have heard have a grain of truth in them - i would like to clear this up.
We have had some redundencies here - since WTC911 the book market has been very quiet (20% down) and we suffered from that. I noticed someone said WROX has written most of the java books there can be, well that kinda true; a lot of the books we have planned for the future are not going to sell in the numbers we are used to - the java market is mature and there is a wealth of information out there.
We will still be making java books - although less than before. we will be making more specialist books - books on web services, books for architects, that kind of thing.
We are also concentrating on MS - that is also true. MS technologies are where java was 4 or 5 years ago. MS has capitalised on the experience that java programmers have had to rewrite java without some of the weaknesses that exist. That does mean that in the typically quite focussed world of ms developers, they are all babies. All the information that we as java programmers take for granted has not yet been written. That means an unbeatable opportunity for using our experience to teach .NET
oh well, we are not going entirely away - i think i got a reputation for actually enjoying this java stuff and for not particularly wanting to go back into kindergarden with .NET so I will still be around.
my future plans are to release a java web services book in january and shortly after to update our beginning java book to JDK1.4 (we are adding info on XML, the new IO stuff in 1.4 and more) and then we'll see - thanks for having an interest guys.
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