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From "Frank Fabbrocino" <>
Subject RE: Ant: The Definitive Guide (Orielly)
Date Wed, 29 May 2002 17:52:51 GMT
I agree that code samples should be small and straight to the point.
What kills me is books that present not only large amounts of code to
illustrate a small concept, but wrap it all in GUI code just so that the
end user can push a button and read what happens in a text widget. I
won't mention the book title, but one book did just this to illustrate
the factory pattern...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jon Skeet [] 
> Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 8:13 PM
> To: Ant Users List
> Subject: RE: Ant: The Definitive Guide (Orielly)
> > I do like the recent trend of putting the majority of the
> > code examples 
> > at the publisher's site, with only important snippets in the actual 
> > text - this means the book is more meat and less condiment.
> I find that too. I'm *hoping* to write a book on Java 1.5, 
> and I've decided that if I do, all the code snippets will be 
> kept to their bare minimum. None of this "here's 10 pages of 
> code, containing 5 lines which actually do interesting stuff" 
> rubbish :)
> Jon

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