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I was looking over my SafariBookshelf (tech bookshelf online) and I saw the Wrox book Visual Studio 2017 and I was thinking about how it is garbage now that 2019 is in preview 2 release. (Yes, I'm exaggerating a bit.)
Do you still read technical books? Do you buy hardcopy at book store? I often notice that a lot of the books even at local Barnes and Noble are quite stale.
The whole Win8, Win10 thing pretty much killed windows books. At one point Barnes and Noble had Win7, Win8 and Win10 books on the shelf.
I think Angular is a big one that is to blame too. Every time I turn around Angular is a completely new release. Now .NET Core seems to be doing the same thing.
It's fairly crazy that the constant updates & releases almost make things completely un-documentable (worse than ever).
Some books are good because they are based more on foundational types of thoughts. Like the recent release by Martin Fowler which I am reading (which I both like and don't like at the same time).
This is Fowler's first release in quite some time.
Have you read the book, by chance?
It's good but only if you're in the mood for slow type of philosophical thinking about coding.
I feel the same way. A lot of books are just absolutely generated and written like snippets from blog posts anyways so they aren't very good -- don't really tell the story like an old Petzold book. Even books are in too much of a hurry a lot of times. Probably because the author knows that if he doesn't finish the book in weeks it is dead now.
Yeah, I like amazon a lot, but the local B&N is a special place and I hope they don't begin to fail.
B&N has to have so much stock on the shelves, it's got to be difficult. Tech books have such a short shelf life I'm almost amazed they keep many of them at all.
Yes, but not for finding the answer to a question/problem. I buy and read them much like any other story book, front to back, to see what the author has done. Sometimes seeing their project/code samples gives me an idea on something that I may not have thought of before. YMMV.
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