You might have noticed that webpack 2 reached a final release. That means it's a good time to update this book as well. Even though it's mostly a maintenance release, there's some new content in store.
Compared to the previous release this one feels more solid and should be a little easier to approach. A lot of grammatical issues were eliminated in addition to other tweaks. This work is a part of the hardening required for a paper release.
If you aren't interested in what has changed, skip straight to the book.
When I started working on the book again, I had roughly three hundred issues on my list to tackle. Roughly 40 remains. The current content requires certain minor tweaks. Also a couple of new chapters are required. After that we are good to go with the milestone release.
This time around my special thanks go to Alexander Zaytsev for his awesome feedback on the content that allowed me to push it further. Thanks Alexander!
The next release might be the last before the book reaches 2.0. It's not too late to contribute specific ideas on what to cover at the book. Open issues as you see fit. You can also reach me through Gitter.
In total 118 commits went to the book since the last release. You can find the important changes below. See GitHub for all changes. Remember especially the "Files changed" tab as it gives you a good overview of what's happening with the book.
This time around I made a couple of "silent" releases (no notification on Leanpub) to get smaller fixes in. I will likely continue this habit as it's more in line with the way I like to work and publish.
Structurally the biggest change was pushing the configuration splitting chapter at the end of its part. Earlier it was too early and you understand the idea better after you experience some of the pain the approach solves.
I had a pair of non-technical editors go through the content. This alone lead to hundreds of little fixes all around the content. You won't notice most of them, but I feel it contributes towards the overall quality. It's impossible for me to fix the paper book so it's better to do this now.
--envfits the whole better now.
optionsbased scheme to encapsulate the idea better.
I'll continue on my task list. I don't expect the current content will change a lot. It's possible the Writing Loaders chapter will go to a part with a similar chapter for plugins and I have prepared a plugin example for the chapter already. The plugin will eventually replace the current Purify plugin of the book.
I expect the next release has at least a couple of more chapters to make the book complete enough for a paper release.
I hope you enjoy the new version. There were quite a few smaller changes that I didn't cover, but it's up to you to discover those.
If you want to support the development of the book, pick up a copy at Leanpub. A part of the income (around ~30%) goes to Tobias Koppers, the author of webpack. This is my way of supporting his work given mine builds on top of his. Literally most of the income goes to webpack developers now!
You can support webpack through open collective too.