Is it just me or do the email addresses for Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates not work? I had a question for them regarding their SCJP 6 Study Guide. Sent separate emails to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and they both bounced with an error like this:
----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
(reason: 550 No such user - psmtp)
Can someone please update the staff info page with their current email addresses? Appreciate it so much!
I had a question for them regarding their SCJP 6 Study Guide.
It really is best to post a question in one of the JavaRanch forums. Most of us here have a copy of the K&B book, and even if we don't, we're usually clever enough to put the pieces of the question together. So, post in one of the forums and you should get an answer. Of course, if you're question is how to book them for a $25,000 dinner speech or afternoon lecture, I guess they wouldn't mind.
Remember, the K&B book is one of the best selling Java books out there. If everyone that had a question emailed them directly, the authors would never get out of the house, and they'd never have time to write any more great books. So, don't be surprised if their email gets filled up, or they can't get back to you quickly. Having said that, both of them are incredibly accessible on JavaRanch, and they are regular posters and contributors to this forum.
posted 11 years ago
My question, which is now OT in this forum: How does one submit a technical review for the book? I am reading carefully through the SCJP 6 book and jotting down a list of areas that are inaccurate or unclear. It started as a habit I have (from years of QA) of making a note of bugs and errors, but it's getting long so I'd like to submit this to them and I confess that my ulterior motive is to see if this can score me a free voucher for the exam. ($300 is a lot to pay out of pocket for me.) I'm pretty sure the editors of the book would find the feedback valuable.
But I can't seem to contact Kathy or Bert. Any advice?
Typically, authors don't always appreciate it when you pass them a long list of things you don't like about their books. I'm not sure if that's a way to win their hearts.
Really, if you spot something you don't think is right, post it in the SCJP forum. I think you'll actually find out that much of what you suppose is incorrect is actually valid. This is an advanced iteration of the book, and really, the content is solid. I'm not saying the book is 100% perfect, but I do find that when people post questions about the book in the SCJP forum, it usually comes out that there's a misunderstanding in how something might be worded, as opposed to something incorrect in the book.
JavaRanch really tries to give back and share with the Java community. You'll notice that there's great information here, without millions of ads all over the page, and annoying attempts to squeeze every last penny out of the people that come here. In fact, the moderators and sheriffs put in a huge amount of time without any real reward, other than knowing that they've helped out the community. Instead of trying to squeeze a $300 voucher out of the editors of the book, why not just post your observations in one of these forums so everyone reading the book can benefit. That's really the spirit of the community, and it'll make you feel good, too!
If you really are interested in providing errata to the source, the authors probably aren't the people to go to. Once the majority of the content is written, updates and corrections are handled by the editors. It's a McGraw-Hill publication, so you're best providing the feedback to them:
The email address I like to use is email@example.com. Unfortunately, our provider is going through a migration right now and my email has been REALLY flaky for the last couple of weeks. I spent an hour on the phone with the provider yesterday, and after an hour they actually gave up!? wow!
Kathy is busy working on non-Java projects, you can follow her on twitter, but she won't get into Java discussions - she needs to keep her focus on her new projects.
Until I get wickedlysmart working again you can send me a message thru the JavaRanch messages...
but, the best thing of all, for Java questions, is to post your questions / ideas / doubts on the forums - usually the SCJP or beginner's forum. I check those forums almost every day, and most of the time ranchers respond very quickly, with great answers, beating me to the punch.
Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
(If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
posted 11 years ago
Okay thanks and hi Bert! Yeah, I figured that voucher bit wouldn't earn me much respect haha. (I'm actually not entirely mercenary; I left my software job in 2006 and have been doing volunteer work overseas since so trying to reduce expenditures.) Sigh. I will post to Book Reviews then, though I'm afraid my nitpicks will draw fire..
But it would still be helpful if the Contact Staff page could display current email addresses or simply not display any. Thank you so much!
[ UD: I've now removed the obsolete email addresses from that page. ]