I finally purchased my first book on Google Wave. It is Google Wave Preview Explained by Ted Husted. The book completion date is the 24 of November, so I doubt that it has went thru a long review process like longer books contains. I don’t see any problems in the content, though the fast production. Some of the book is online at http://wave.husted.com while the book can be purchased on Amazon for 16$. The book has 120 pages and is read fairly fast.
The audience is people not familiar with Google Wave, how want to get up to speed. If you spent some time on getting familiar with the content of the book before you started to work on wave you would save a lot of frustrations. The concepts in the book are explained really well, and mean you don’t need to use trial and error.
One of the interesting topics is how Ted Husted in one line explains Wave:
Wave combines elements of email, instant messaging, and content management into a unified, easy-to-use environment.
I have always used Wikis instead of content management systems. When I think of a content management system, it is some place where few people are working like creating an external facing portal using Joomila or Microsoft CMS. There might be more to CMS than you first would think. I’m not sure either way is the best way to describe the concept of Wave.
The book starts with a nice example on when Wave will be useful in business context, compared to email. This is a great way to show why Wave is superior and show of some of the everyday issues we have with Email.
Ted mentions use of Wave as a way to distribute porn. At the moment I will not be so afraid of this because Wave, because Wave is currently not medium for mass distribution. Porn will be shared with probably with the help of spam bots, we just have to wait for this to occur.
Ted also mentions that public tags only should be created by the owner of the wave. I would not agree that it is true. The more tags the better and more distinctions you can get in the wave and taxonomy.
The book as a good section on alternatives to using Wave, I found it interesting to read about what Windows Live and OfficeLive could help with. These two tools could be a competitor to Wave, and it could be useful to know how they work. There is also a mention on etherpad, what was purchased by Google last week.
I was irritated by all the ads in the book. I have purchased the book, so why should I get ads instead of content. It is not a magazine, where I have agreed with there should be ads.
It is a book that will be revised because there are a lot of areas in the book there need to be clarified when Wave is developed future. There is a lot of placed To be determinate, and this depend on how Wave will be implemented.
For new users of Wave it is worth investing the 16$ in purchasing the book and save many hours of disappointment. It is a book with a limited life time because the next revision should be created soon.