- Series: Pragmatic Programmers
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (May 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934356638
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356630
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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About the Author
Mark Chu-Carroll is a software engineer at Google. He's been working on programming languages and software development tools for close to 20 years. In his free time, he's the administrator/developer of Scientopia.org, where writes the blog Good Math/Bad Math. You can visit his blog at http://scientopia.org/blogs/goodmath.
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Often times I read reviews on Amazon about books that have great content, but are poorly produced. This book is the exact opposite. It is well produced, well written, but its content is worthless. I'm giving it 3 stars because I can't deny that there may be audience out there for this book - very very inexperienced developers just starting out. Maybe they will find it useful.
But if you have just a bit of programming experience and are looking at Google App Engine, this book gives a great introduction. Distinctions between conventional programming and cloud programming are nicely described, and the whole book can be easily worked through in less than a week.
Where the book really shines is in the clarity of its narrative. Because it doesn't get hung up in detail and complete code listings, the thread that it follows remains always clearly visible. I enjoyed the read.
I liked this book for pretty much exactly the same reason a prior reviewer panned it -it provides intros to a number of basic languages and frameworks, such Python, CSS, Django, Java, AJAX. An advanced web developer should pretty quickly skim/skip those sections, and a basic developer (like me) would find them familiar and reinforcing.
The printed book leaves a few things out (e.g. import statements at the tops of the program files) so I needed to use the companion source code available online (rather than being able to skim the book and type the examples in myself to make sure I was really following step by step).