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1.0 out of 5 stars A poorly written, confused book., February 5, 2012
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This book's number one flaw is that it attempts to speak both to complete beginners and seasoned developers at the same time. Unfortunately, the author misses both marks completely, and creates a book that can easily confuse and frustrate beginners, and bore experienced developers . This is achieved by constantly throwing esoteric buzz words without explaining them, while digging unnecessarily deep into common knowledge terms, while using a condescending tone suitable only for a beginners book. Even worse, more often than not, the glossing through is done for things that are rather relevant to the matter, and the digging into is done to things that are marginally relevant. After reading almost half the book I found that I learned so little relevant information that I could easily fit it into a tutorial blog. By the time you get to the "good stuff", you're tired out of your mind of endless chatter.

The book's second shortcoming is its completely uninspired examples. This is most evident when trying to convey concepts that require not just the "how" but the "why" as well (for example, currying. The example given made it seem like currying is a pointless exercise in over designing code).

This book is obviously a work of an inexperienced, good willed author. I have no problem with that. However, I do have a problem that I paid a sum fitting a professional book, and ended up paying for someone else's learning experience.
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