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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: SIGS (28 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521644372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521644372
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,282,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kent Beck can pack more practical experience into one pithy maxim than most writers can do in a whole page." --James Rumbaugh

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Written for Smalltalk programmers, this book is designed to help readers become more effective Smalltalk developers and object technology users. Topics include: idioms and environments; methods and metamodels; architecture and pattern languages, objects, classes, inheritance, and all things Smalltalk.

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By Dennis D. Jensen on 5 Aug. 2013
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Sure, it has its flaws like severe typing or printing mistakes, but they don't stand in the way of getting to the fundamental thoughts that have guided object-oriented design and construction and computing discipline in general. It is valuable to go back to the roots and revisit them again and hold them up against current practices to see how strong they are over the long term. It is also worth the attention for the history of ideas that were not brought forth so strongly for maybe coincidental reasons, and they may be worth taking into consideration again.
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Too many typos 3 Nov. 1999
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Kent Beck is a wonderful writer and has many good points to make in this book, but I can't recommend spending money on it unless the publisher produces a new edition correcting its hundreds of errors. Pages appear in the wrong order, parts of paragraphs are randomly duplicated, code samples are formatted incorrectly and nearly unreadable, and words appear in the wrong typeface making it difficult to distinguish identifiers from prose. Many of the articles appear to have been scanned in using OCR software and not subsequently proofread, or possibly proofread by someone who didn't understand the content. The lack of quality control is simply appalling.
Better organization of the material would also have been helpful. The "Sorted Collection" is sorted by date only. This may be useful to those interested in tracing the recent history of Smalltalk, but not to those wanting to learn most efficiently.
Much of the material in this book is better and more thoroughly presented in Beck's other books. At best, this book can be seen as a haphazard introduction to Beck's ideas that will spur some programmers to learn more about Smalltalk, object-oriented design and Extreme Programming.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An excellent journey of Smalltalk philosophy 23 Jan. 2000
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This book is quite distinct from Beck's other works in that it provides the reader an intellectual journey: through the reprinted articles, you can see the evolution of Kent's writing style, the beginnings of the "design patterns" movement, and the ever changing opinions about what to do / what not to do with Smalltalk.
There are many classic papers in this work, such as the original CRC-cards paper, and aptly-titled pieces such as "Death to Case Statements!". The code examples are clear and easy to read, and I found the chronological ordering of the papers to be appealing.
This book is not just for Smalltalkers - it's for anyone with an interest in object orientation: patterns, idioms, and philosophy.
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