By The Numbers
So what next for Software Carpentry? One possibility is to turn the scripts for the episodes, the examples, and the diagrams in the slides into a book. Let's crunch some numbers to see how feasible that is:
|...mostly done (say, 80%)||18|
|...not even started||6|
|Words per topic||5,000|
|Words to write||48,000|
|Words per day||1,500|
|Editing, diagrams, etc.||×2|
|Code complete||July 15, 2011|
That completion date assumes I start this coming Monday (April 11, 2011). The schedule assumes a 5-day rather than a 7-day week, but that's because the longer hours would actually be less productive (see Evan Robinson's "Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work" for a summary of the research). 1500 finished words per day, and the factor of two for editing and diagrams, are both based on my experience with several previous books, so there's not much give there.
Unfortunately, mid-July two and a half months past the end of my funding. So close, and yet so far...