I don't think I have ever put a technical book on Pre-Order before, but I did just that this morning for LINQ Object Relational Mapping
I can honestly say that I spend hours every working day thinking about ORM. In fact, a large percentage of my time over the past 4 years has been trying to map database tables to usable objects and to try to find a good architecture for applications that really works in the real world.
I have really high hopes for this book, and deep fears as well. I'm hoping I read it and think "I can just tweak a little bit of my design here and there and I'll be right on track."
I'm fearing that I'll read it and either a) not know what the hell they are talking about and realize I am still in way over my head, it's time to start flipping burgers, b) OMFG, this is better than what I have by a huge factor. I have to rebuild everything, or c) WTF, do none of these guys who write these books ever spend time in the real world? With most books, it's a little of all of these at one point or another.
I guess I'll just have to wait and see. The book is scheduled to be released April 28, 2008.