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Too many jokes/not enough nutritious information
on 9 June 2016
'Learn to Program' by Chris Pine is generally recommended as one of the best introductions to the Ruby language and is a core text in the WD course I'm doing. Although the book started well, the exercises after Chapter Nine became too difficult such that my moral and motivation dropped massively. One problem is that, for a relatively short computing book, Chris Pine does waffle on. Whereas some authors can remain humorous and keep the interest up (e.g. Larry Ullman), I think Mr Pine really does aspire to be a comedy writer. This is annoying as difficult sections in the book could have been explained a little better if the comedic spill-overs had been kept in check. Although self-contained WD texts books are of a by-gone age, the amount of unnecessary googling done during the study of this book just to fill in the gaps has been frustrating.