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Sebesta's Programming concepts book,
This review is from: Concepts of Programming Languages (5th Edition) (Hardcover)Truly a terrible book. I have no doubt that Robert Sebesta is an intelligent man but a talented writer he is not. I had to read more than one of his books for my undergraduate courses and I can say from personal experience that to make Sebesta's books required reading is to do a disservice to students who want to learn programming languages. For one, Sebesta believes that to define something is to give one or two sentences in jargonese and be done with it. His books, especially this one, are extremely frustrating to read, because they don't give enough examples. For any one concept he'll gloss over it with a brief jargon-drowned blurb and expect the reader to know what he's talking about. His writing style is especially difficult, because he writes like a pugilist, mechanically pounding out short, dry declarative sentences over and over. His books are dense, airless, humorless and confusing. A horrible writer who write horrible books, avoid them if at all possible.
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Initial post: May 4, 2013 4:15:20 PM PDT
Sam C. says:
It is indeed a terrible book.
Apparently, Robert Sebesta is not a good wirter at all.
All instructors or students should keep far from this book.
If you do that, you will feel painful and your time will be wasted.
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