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Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley…

by Sandi Metz

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This book gets an inordinate amount of praise, for reasons I won't speculate here. It's an OK book on a *purely* technical basis. That is, if you can ignore the distractingly bad writing.

I mean, it's *really* badly written. There are so many run-on sentences that it's a huge distraction. And it gets worse in the later chapters, which are very slapdash. The few semi-colons that appear are almost inevitably used where a colon should be.

Some paragraphs contain almost verbatim information that appeared on the facing page.

And what is supposed (I think) to be "breezy" ends up being meandering and forced. Really getting "breezy" right in a technical book is almost impossible. Most writers shouldn't attempt it.

Nevertheless, there are some important and useful ideas here. But this book was in DIRE need of a real editor. Whomever Addison-Wesley paid didn't do their job. ( )
  erebor | Jan 9, 2016 |
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