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Whole chapters are now simply GONE, multiple chapters moved to PDF format?!?
on March 30, 2011
I've been a fan of Deitel books for a while, especially since I teach students Comp. Science using these books. But something has gone awry at Deitel & Deitel. Perhaps that's what happens when you get too big and try to cover too many computer topics at a time. I've since getting this book, recommend Murach's computer book series which are always complete and don't skimp on paper and chapters. Here's what I mean exactly!
Looking at Deitel's VC# 2005, the book had a lot more chapters in it, not to mention colored text which was absolutely great for students, new to programming, to be able to tell various elements apart by color while they were learning and memorizing the keywords. Not to mention this has been a hallmark of Deitel & Deitel for all these years. But that's a small complaint. My main surprise came when I discovered that for example Chapter 14 - Multithreading, a VERY important topic in Visual application design, was simply missing, gone, left out. I don't see how you can teach Visual C# without an introduction of this very important topic. I mean unless you're doing basic text editing or the most trivial of applications, you won't need multithreading, but anything else requires it. It's especially unforgivable since Microsoft has introduced BackgroundWorker component which makes multithreading very easy for beginners. Deitel should've at least included a description of that.
But that wasn't the end of the "changes". I found that now, a whole EIGHT chapters 24-31 have been "digitized" (gone from the book) along with FOUR appendices to Deitel's super heavily protected, password requiring, website upon which you are allowed to download those chapters, but only after entering a PC-video game like code which was 26 characters long!! And after you enter that code, the insert warns you that you can only use that code ONCE, so if you buy a used book, you're outta luck or you have to purchase a subscription at pearsonhighered website. This is UNBELIEVABLE!!! For the price of this book, there is NO excuse to have skimped on the basic necessities of what makes up a programming reference textbook. Especially since almost 35% of the text is digitized in PDF format.
If I wanted a digital version and knew about all the missing chapters, I'd get the Kindle version (which is of course unavailable). But a textbook should not refer people to download dozens of chapters just because the publisher is trying to save every penny they can on the production cost and rip you off with a subscription at a later time.
This is the worst thing I've seen in any programming book!!
The text itself is OK, if you consider that most chapters from Deitel's C# 2010 book uses the same examples and even wording that Deitel's C How To Program book used (circa 10-15 years ago). Copy, Paste, Edit a bit, Slap on new label and charge $124 MSRP.