Looking back at the release of “A Year With Symfony”

A couple of weeks ago the reader count of my first book A Year With Symfony reached the number 365. It seemed to me an appropriate moment to write something about my experiences. In this post, I will not be too humble, and just cite some people who wrote some very nice things about my book on Twitter.

The book was highly anticipated ever since I first wrote something about it on Twitter. Leanpub book pages have a nice feature where users can subscribe to news about the book release.


Over 500 people entered their name, many also their email address, which would earn them a royal discount.

On September 4th the official book presentation was part of a meetup of the Dutch Symfony2 Usergroup meetup in Amsterdam, at the headquarters of Dutch hosting company Leaseweb. As part of a lightning talk about the book, I released the book by pushing the “Publish Book” button.


All attendees were able to see the book being published in real-time, step by step. Even at the last moment, people were subscribing to make use of the introduction offer!

The offical Symfony2 documentation, The Book, is so to say pretty descriptive: it tells you mainly how you can do things with the framework. A more prescriptive book, saying how you should do something, was actually missing. But this is software development. There are principles, no golden rules, so I tried to be not too rigid or forceful. In the end I’m happy to see that many people agree with me.

The book contains many guidelines for developing Symfony2 projects in general: generally applicable advice, which is nevertheless very specific and pretty advanced. It is therefore not an entrance-level book about Symfony2, just like most of my blog posts about the framework.

Still, A Year With Symfony is very different from any of my blog posts: it contains much more practical information than some of my posts, to which you may never refer while working on a Symfony2 application.

After a couple of weeks, the printed edition of the book became available. It has been for sale on Amazon and soon it will be via lulu.com which has much more realistic shipping rates and printing on demand.

Some people had already found their own ways to print the ebook:

The adventure still continues: Luis Cordova, Ariel Ferrandini and Cristian Martin have been working on a Spanish translation, which has been released last week.


Other people are working on a Polish version and a Portuguese version.

In conclusion, to all my readers: thank you very much for supporting me and my writings!

Posted in A Year With Symfony, Book | 3 Comments

3 Responses to Looking back at the release of “A Year With Symfony”

  • # October 22, 2013 at 11:02

    the book is great, but man – i wish there was a printed edition :)



    • # October 22, 2013 at 19:45

      Thanks, Ulrik! I agree – I have a couple of printed books here, but shipping them via amazon.com has proven to be very expensive. So the book will soon be available via lulu.com, which has printing-on-demand and much more reasonable shipping rates. It should be a matter of days before you can order it there.

      Matthias Noback


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