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Over promise and under deliver.
on 2 July 1999
This book has a high school flavor in a number of ways. First, the book uses a large font and extra wide margins. It has large colorful icons to make sure you are aware of tips or points of interest (sometimes 3 or 4 on a page). I guess having a tip's paragraph start with "Tip." in bold font isn't enough for most people to notice. (The book uses a very small font to list the method names and attributes in the diagrams, so you have to squint to read those. ) Second, and much more disturbing, is that many of the sentences read like they were written by high school students. There are plenty of sentences that aren't sentences, they ramble on referencing 3 or 4 items and quite often each item has an explanation in parenthesis after it, or there is a qualifying exception phrase thrown in to qualify something that has been mention previously, so it difficult to follow what the author is trying to say - kind of like this one. Third, there are meaningless comments from Aerosmith like "Pink is my favorite crayon". Need I say more? Finally, the author uses several pages to point out that color coding makes things stand out. He even admits that someone had to point this out to him!
I read the first two chapters and found myself rereading sentences and explanation over and over trying to decide what the author was trying to say. The explanations are not insightful and the UML is not explained.
One final comment: How is it that the first "customer" review listed below, which rates this book a rediculous 5 stars, ended up on the back cover of the book?