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Now Available: IDM Validator: The missing manual

Finally, I have finished, submitted to publication, and it is available
to purchase my second book, this time about Validator.

Validator: The MIssing ManualValidator: The MIssing Manual
Did you know there are almost 80 actions in Validator?

Ever seen examples of how they might work? Wonder when you might use
any particular action?  Then check out this book.

I call it the Missing Manual, because, much as I love the Validator
team, and think it is a truly great product, they just seem to totally have forgotten to
write a manual for it.

In true capitalistic sense I saw a niche, I try to fill it (poorly). Now
pay me money!

I initially wrote it for Validator 1.4, commenting on the differences
from 1.3. Then 1.4.1 came out (Those dev monsters! Wrecking all my
previous work) and the scope of differences between 1.4 and 1.4.1 is
actually quite impressive for such a minor release number. The release
notes/bugzilla list does not do it justice at all.

Thus I had to revise it, and tried to call out all the differences I
could find between the two. Thus if you are still on 1.4 and considering
changing to 1.4.1, first off, you should update. Second you can see the
differences between the two in this book.

160 some odd screen shots of every thing I could screen shot.

Anywho, if you like Validator and want a reference, try it out. If you
are considering Validator, the book is a good summary of the
functionality overall, and in the various connectors.

Available as PDF or printed. Links to both my IDM books are here as PDFs:
Link to Lulu to buy books

For paper copies it is print on demand:

https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/geoffrey-carman/idm-validator-the-missing-manual/paperback/product-16rnezde.html


All mistakes are someone elses fault, so don't bother telling me about
it! Or else, feel free to point out mistakes, I will revise as it makes
sense. Whichever approach floats your boat, I am an equally opportunity
offender.

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Nice work; excited to see a great reference for a great product.


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Interested to know how many people use Validator. It's list price is $$$$ and the test driven approach changes the way people approach projects.

Good work on the book!
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On 2/27/2017 8:16 PM, ksoze wrote:
>
> Interested to know how many people use Validator. It's list price is
> $$$$ and the test driven approach changes the way people approach
> projects.


You would think that would matter to me, since the only customers for
my book are those such customers. Probably a much smaller number than
for IDM.

Converesely I cannot imagine NetIQ/MF ever answering that question.

> Good work on the book!


Thanks, I am taking the easy topics first. 🙂

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Geoffrey Carman wrote:

> On 2/27/2017 8:16 PM, ksoze wrote:
> >
> > Interested to know how many people use Validator. It's list price is
> > $$$$ and the test driven approach changes the way people approach
> > projects.

>


The thing I find frustrating is how Validator's licensing model locks
out deployments where the userbase is low, but the complexity is still
high.

> You would think that would matter to me, since the only customers
> for my book are those such customers. Probably a much smaller number
> than for IDM.
>


Does your book go into the way people actually use Validator in the
real world?
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>>> Interested to know how many people use Validator. It's list price is
>>> $$$$ and the test driven approach changes the way people approach
>>> projects.

>>

>
> The thing I find frustrating is how Validator's licensing model locks
> out deployments where the userbase is low, but the complexity is still
> high.


I know. Hope they can figure out a model that works better.

>> You would think that would matter to me, since the only customers
>> for my book are those such customers. Probably a much smaller number
>> than for IDM.
>>

>
> Does your book go into the way people actually use Validator in the
> real world?


No specifics, more about using it and the actions it supports.

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