The Wealth Algorithm

I took a brief detour from PHP tutorials to write a book for people under 30 years of age, who want to become wealthy. It’s book that shatters a lot of myths, includes useful information, and is very accessible to a younger audience. I wanted anyone from age 14 on up to be able to understand it.

I’ve always hated wealth creation books because they seem so fake, and I almost didn’t write it for that reason.
What I always noticed about these kind of books is that they were always so vague. You never seem to get something concrete from them, other than the statement of “avoid debt,” as if it took a clever person to figure that one out.

But then I thought about how I could do it better. Now everyone’s path to wealth is unique because no two lives are exactly the same, so I can’t avoid generalities in my book either. But on the other hand, I’ve come up with some very unique techniques for how to achieve personal wealth.

I felt like the main wealth algorithm, which is something I’ve loosely defined throughout my book, 99¢ Wealth, is something worth sharing and could have a big impact on people’s lives.

This was all made possible by the first application I ever wrote in PHP called Timekop. I wrote it a few years ago, but never released it. The programming was pretty hacked up and useless, but the idea was really cool.

The application measured wasted time on a daily basis and scaled it over a lifetime, so I could see the effect of wasted time over the course of my life. The results were a real eye-opener. And ever since then, I have applied scale and engineering principles to more than just PHP.

My personal wealth has grown dramatically since discovering all this. These techniques work and are worth learning.

In the book, I use various calculators to sketch out a roadmap towards wealth. The examples I use are typically American because I am an American, but I think anyone from anywhere in the world can benefit from my work.

Obviously, if you are from another country, you can change some of the assumptions to fit your local environment. But the overriding principles are universal. And anyone can follow them.

Those of you who know me as a diligent writer of PHP tutorials and my book Yii 2 For Beginners know how much care and effort I put into my writing. I did my best to deliver something valuable to all my readers. It’s off to a great start with reviews, I hope more will follow.

My 99¢ Wealth book is not written for programmers specifically, but would still be a benefit to anyone who thinks like an engineer. In my opinion, engineers and programmers are some of the brightest people on the planet, so most will breeze right through the material. It’s an easy read for bright people.

I also decided to stick with Leanpub.com for the publication of this book. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, I’m not a fan of Amazon. Two, I’d rather support the smaller enterprise. Things worked out well with my Yii 2 book and the leanpub staff is very responsive whenever I have a question. I like their platform.

It’s true I could probably benefit from more book discovery on Amazon, but since my blogs get a steady flow of traffic, I figure I will be driving most of the traffic to my books anyway.

Throughout all of my work, I’ve endeavored to help younger programmers learn skills that will help them be successful in life. This book on wealth is an accessory to that.

I’ve priced the minimum cost of the book at $.99. At that price, I get $.39 royalty per book sold. So obviously I’m not doing this for the money. At 99¢, the book is accessible to just about anyone. With Leanpub’s variable pricing, you can pay more if you feel you want to support my work that way. I do appreciate every sale of every book very much.

Also, the comments, likes, and especially positive reviews, are all greatly appreciated and drive me to keep working. The best feeling I can get from something I’ve written is that it’s useful. So that’s my mission, to write the most useful books I can. I hope they continue to serve you well.

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Yii 2.0.5 Security Patch Released

Yii2 released a quick patch for the ViewAction class. You can read the release here.

I had problems when I tried to run composer update and apparently they are aware of an issue on the composer side. So if you are following along with the book and already have installed the framework, I don’t recommend upgrading until the problem is solved.

If you are doing a fresh install, then you should be fine with Yii 2.0.5. I will follow up when the problem is solved.

I will also try to carve out time to build my app from scratch with Yii 2.0.5, so that I can have a current build handy for any issues that might arise. I anticipate this will take a couple of weeks as I’m in the process of completing another book, which I will be talking about on this blog.

Also, thanks so much for the great reviews I’ve received on GoodReads.com. Right now we are 4.68 out of 5 stars average with 25 ratings and 7 reviews. I really appreciate all the support I got with this book, so thanks again.