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5.0 out of 5 stars One of he best programming books, for ay language, 18 Jan 2009
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Mr. P. Lewis (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns (Paperback)
I'm amazed that there are no reviews for this book at Amazon UK.

On the face of it, this is a ten year old book on a obscure programming language. However, dig a little deeper, and it's actually one of the best books written about the art of programming.

My primary language is Java, and since I read this book about six years ago, and it's shaped my while approach to programming in any language. Sure, the advice is language specific, and you have to think about it a bit translate it into your chosen language. As long as your language is object oriented, I would guess that at least half of this book is applicable.

On the other hand, if you are a Smalltalk programmer, and haven't read this book, shame on you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most insightful programming book I've ever read, 1 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns (Paperback)
I'm an Objective C developer, and as you know Objective C derives a lot from Smalltalk culture, including syntax. This book helped me a lot in class design, better code reuse. Some of the chapters are not applicable though, since Cocoa (Touch) provides different means for dealing with arrays, etc. But anyway. If you're going to become a (much) better class designer, this book will help a lot. Even if your language of choice stands well away from Smalltalk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Distilled Knowledge, 2 Dec 2009
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T. Crinson (Suffolk, England) - See all my reviews
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This book is amazing, it takes a vast subject area and condenses it down into a very small, perfectly readable format. It is basically a walkthrough of all the things you should be doing in your code and why. The fact that it's in smalltalk makes it a little more difficult to understand, but it's worth the effort to learn it, although the messages are easily understood without.
If you're a professional programmer you really should own this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for Smalltalk, 5 Aug 2013
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Dennis D. Jensen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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but also for polymorphic messages and object-oriented programs in general. The book is worth it for not only the short, succinct code examples, where Smalltalk really shines, but also for the preface and introduction, which goes straight to the point, how perception of programming and its role shapes how you think about and approach the activity of programming. I have found its examples useful not only in the context of other object-oriented programming languages, but even for programming languages in other paradigms, and programming in general. It is not just about "low-level design" or programming idioms, but how you think about your day-to-day activities in programming. It does this without becoming philosophical, and instead does it by showing code examples with just enough explanation to get an understanding of the rest.

I have found it much better the later book "Implementation Patterns" by the same author, which is just a lexicon of low-level idioms, which any programmer knows by heart, i.e. by doing, and doesn't stir the reflexions of the art of programming that this book does. It is difficult to pin-point the significant difference between the two books, but this one seems more pure hearted, not afraid, neither conventional nor industrial or dry, more fun, and coherent like a hard diamond in language, style, and examples. It is simply beautiful without being fashionable or flashy. While being a lexicon, it is more like a great disposition of small articles where the organization is as important as the content, and it has some of that flavor that the old Basic introductions of the 1980'ies had, the flavor of curiosity, fun, inspiration, and it leads by example and encouragement rather than dictating and advising in a misguided professional tone that so many other books do.

It reminded why programming is enjoyable when you leave out everything else that doesn't add to its fullfillment and satisfaction.
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