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How are authors able to write a book on a framework that is just released? A framework like spring is updated, and a book is released in the next day. Is this typically by people who are direct contributors? Are they basing it off of beta/alpha versions?

I find this rather difficult to understand as that documentation is rarely up to snuff by the time the framework is updated.

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Those who write books about frameworks are generally involved in the framework they are writing about, they have access to documentation and pre-release versions of the framework. They aren't random people that know about programming, they likely contacted the development team about writing a book and got the information or were asked by the development team to write a book. Also good frameworks keep their documentation up to date, its part of being a good framework, though the general public may not have access to the most up to date documentation.

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There are secret documentations?!!! I knew it was a conspiracy! –  monksy Mar 30 '12 at 18:38
    
@monksy its not really secret, its just lag between newest version and released version, which happens even with internet distribution, especially with 3rd party distributors. –  Ryathal Mar 30 '12 at 18:47
    
Thats no fun to put it that way. Conspiracies are amusing. –  monksy Mar 30 '12 at 19:05
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